NASA experts developing standards for simulated soil
As the Bush administration pushes for human occupation of the moon, “counterfeit” lunar materials are needed. Known as simulants, fake lunar soil is being developed to assure that future explorers can sustain their stay on Earth’s moon. The first lunar simulant, MLS-1, was made because it had an approximate chemistry to Apollo 11 soil 10084, but its mineralogy and engineering properties were all off.
For the Garage festival 09 Free Soil have conducted a site specific research project investigating the environment of the Baltic Sea.
We created an alternative archive of political and historical events that have occurred in the Baltic Sea region, especially Stralsund and linked these with the sea’s responses. The impact of Industrialisation, population growth and political changes has resulted in climatic and environmental changes recorded in the sea. Nature retaliates by creating new forms, one of the most significant being the spread and growth of toxic Blue Green Algae or “phytoplankton”
Images: wooden sewerage pipe from Stralsund. &
Portrait of William Lindley the designer of the first sewerage system in Stralsund, algae on paper.