Multiplanetary Imaginaries and Utopia : The Case of Mars One

Tutton, Richard James Christopher (2018) Multiplanetary Imaginaries and Utopia : The Case of Mars One. Science, Technology, and Human Values, 43 (3). pp. 518-539. ISSN 0162-2439

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The prospect of human societies being made anew on other planets is a powerful, recurring theme in popular culture and speculative technoscience. I explore what STS offers to analysing how the future is made and contested in present-day endeavours to establish humans as multiplanetary subjects. I focus on the case of Mars One – an initiative that aims to establish a human settlement on Mars in the 2020s, and discuss interviews undertaken with some of the individuals who have volunteered to be the first humans to live on Mars, drawing on STS work on futures and sociotechnical imaginaries and scholarly discussions of utopia. Seeing themselves as part of a project that would start to ‘establish what it means to live on another planet’, I discuss how interviewees talked about how sociotechnical relations could be remade in the future, both on Earth and on Mars through the pursuit of this technoscientific project. I conclude that this project is an expression of a multiplanetary imaginary of human beings no longer subject to Earth – but, through sociotechnical inventiveness, able to live on other planets.

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Science, Technology, and Human Values
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?? sociotechnical imaginariesouter spacefuture imaginariesmarsutopiaeconomics and econometricssocial sciences (miscellaneous)philosophysociology and political scienceengineering(all)anthropologyhuman-computer interaction ??
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