NASA and IKEA: a Match Made on MARS?

Anyone who’s pieced together furniture knows it’s as complicated as rocket science. So the new collaboration between NASA and IKEA makes perfect sense.

NASA and the iconic Swedish furnishings store have teamed up to help the world overcome a pressing obstacle – how to make a Mars environment feel more like home.

Why?  Well isn’t that obvious? So that one day, if we do leave this planet, we’ll be able to set up cheap, mass-produced furniture on new horizons, too.

In order to determine how best to create a Mars-ready home, a special team from Ikea is investing three days at MDRS Habitat in Utah, which the business refers to as “a confined spacecraft-like environment that simulates the experience of outer space.”

It’s no joke– NASA’s own astronauts spend approximately three years in this environment in order to prepared themselves for area travel.

“Its a crazy, fun experience,” said Ikea Creative Leader, Michael Nikolic, of the experience. “Were basically completely isolated for three days to get a taste of what astronauts go through for three years. Its almost like that misery you feel when you’re out camping.”

The hope of both mega-parties is that it does not constantly need to be so unpleasant.

It’s uncertain exactly what will come out of this partnership, but Ikea states that it’s “curious to find out how this newfound space knowledge might be relevant to the urban life in mega cities, where small-space living, air and water pollution is the norm.”

So it may not even be that Ikea is making furniture for us to use on Mars– rather, they’re trying to utilize lessons gleaned from being an astronaut (or maybe just living like one), to improve upon our humble Earth furnishings.

According to Nikolic, the essence of this collection will most certainly have to do with valuing exactly what we have on Earth: humans, plants clean water and air. However, also considering diversity and a sense of belonging– things that we take for granted on an everyday basis.

He added “After this journey, it’ll probably feel pretty awesome to come home to my own bed.”

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