By Jennifer Dorozio
Space, an imminent frontier? Sands Fish, a scientist and researcher, thinks so.
And so do many others who work with him at the MIT Media Lab's Space Exploration Initiative in Boston.
In the lab, Fish and a team of artists, scientists, engineers and designers work on innovative design projects with the goal of translating life on Earth to life in space.
These projects must take into account factors like zero gravity and the quirks of human interaction, among other things.
It's not all complicated technology, either. Things we take for granted in our everyday lives like furniture, shoes and even our hairstyles would have to be altered in order to live comfortably in the great beyond.