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Restoring the Geophysical Dynamics of the Earth < > Moon Relationship

Restoring the Geophysical Dynamics of the Earth < > Moon Relationship


plexiglass, aluminum

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

What happens when we only take from the Moon and don’t give back? Will we disturb the equilibrium that has kept our moon in orbit around the planet that we inhabit? If so, what could be the consequences? To avoid this, I propose to somewhat restore the balance by returning a small amount of aluminum, one of the most common metals in both the Earth’s and the Moon’s surface, back to the Moon. With lunar mining rapidly becoming a thing of the near future instead of the distant future, we ought to think about what might be potential outcomes. We only have to look at our past to see how quickly the human species becomes expert at something that’s profitable. At the beginning of the industrial age, people weren’t worried about the relatively small amounts of pollutants they pumped in the air. The open air was seen as something limitless. 200 years later we are dealing with the consequences. Could lunar mining have a similar fate?

Technical information:

Artwork name:

Restoring the Geophysical Dynamics of the Earth < > Moon Relationship




Jorick de Quaasteniet


The Netherlands

This work is part of the following collection:

Moon Gallery

plexiglass, aluminum



1 x 1 x 1 cm



IAAA Art Style:

Launch vehicle / mission:

Antares 230+ / NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission

Host spacecraft / hardware:

International Space Station



Launch location:

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Launch date:

19 Feb 2022

Orbit / space location:

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

Return vehicle:

SpaceX Dragon 2

End date:

11 January 2023



Client / Agency:

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space


Jorick de Quaasteniet

Artist, environmentalist

The Netherlands

Jorick de Quaasteniet


Moon Gallery


Moon Gallery


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