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Sending Mitochondrial DNA to the Moon

Sending Mitochondrial DNA to the Moon


Mitochondrial DNA, horsehair

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

Horsehair shaped into an infinite circle containing power at cellular level, will be used as a vehicle to send mitochondrial DNA to the moon. This circle and its hidden power is to remind future generations about the human urge to leave the nest and expand their horizon into the universe.

As humans’ explorations bring new life to other planets, so does a nest bring new life to a tree. One nest, I discovered included horse hair in its structure. My piece uses horse hair as a vehicle to send  mitochondrial  DNA to the moon and remind future generations of the interconnections between all species, and celestial and terrestrial bodies. The horse hair was chosen by the bird to make the nest due to its strength, just as horses were used by humans throughout time for their strength.

The circle formed by this piece can also be found in the circular shape of mitochondrial DNA.  But this shape is also repeated in outer space, in the appearance of the moon itself and other planetary bodies. This piece reminds us the simplicity of the circle does not  diminish its power, it is unbreakable and infinite just like our ever expanding universe.  

Technical information:

Artwork name:

Sending Mitochondrial DNA to the Moon




Mary Kuiper


The Netherlands

This work is part of the following collection:

Moon Gallery

Mitochondrial DNA, horsehair



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


Mary Kuiper


The Netherlands

Mary Kuiper


Moon Gallery


Moon Gallery


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