VSSEC Mars Simulation // Victorian Space Science Education Centre, 2014
Mission to Mars: We are all explorer fish 2014. (Short Film Coming Soon)
Capturing the poetics of exploration, curiosity and discovery.
Behind the scenes
VSSEC Mars Simulation Reconnaisance visit, 2014
On a reconnaisance mission to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, I discovered participants rotate roles in Mission Control and as Astronauts, who communicate via audio-visual links. Astronauts don spacesuits before stepping onto the Mars surface where they collect real soil, ice and rock samples. Mission Control monitors the Astronauts' progress, as well as environmental conditions on Mars. Particiants then analyse return samples and data in VSSEC's Research Laboratory.
Sarah Jane Pell discovering mars rock art. VSSEC Mars Simulation, 2014. Photos by Rich Byrnes. Lab & CAPCOM courtesy VSSEC.
StoryBoard Sci-Fi Short Film
Short film: Mars explorer fish
Inspired by the VSSEC Mars Simulation Reconnaisance visit, I contact award-winning Australian Film producer Shaun Wilson. I tell him that we are all explorer fish (a reference to our evolutionary desire to seek out and adapt to new worlds). By finding an ancient fosilised river bed on Mars, I imagined we should find fish. Like the sardines packed in a tin can for the journey from Earth to Mars, we arrive only to find that we are descendents of the Martian fish. Inhaling the life-spring air from deep below the martian surface we are kept alive: but the intoxicating lure of free-life tempts the explorer and she releases her helmet, sending her into fli-flopping fits of dance. Like a drug, Oxygen keeps luring her further beyond the zones of safety and into the new world... Wilson agreed. With a brief story-board and some prop-making we began shooting.
Mars Explorer Fish: short film by Sarah Jane Pell, 2014. Staring and produced by Dr. Sarah Pell. Camera Dr. Shaun Wilson. Assistants Sean Elliot and Dr. Danielle Wilde.
Victorian Space Science Education Centre, VSSEC Strathmore, AU 2014
VSSEC Mars Simulation Reconnaisance visit, 2014 Dr. Sarah Jane Pell, Dr. Katie Mack, Dr. Michael John and Rich Byrnes. Photo by Sean Elliot.