16 Sep '16, 9am
Toby Young's father wanted to simulate a Mars colony on the southbank, on the Tate Modern site
NASA has recently successfully landed the Mars Rover Opportunity on the planet’s surface and this brilliant piece of engineering has already started sending back high definition pictures of the Red Plant. But if Lord Young had managed to get his South Bank project off the ground it could have been on the banks of the Thames and not Houston that was leading the way in Martian space exploration. M ichael Young proposed to build a simulated Martian colony on the site of the decommissioned Bankside Power Station. The Argo Venture had some serious advocates; Young had already started the Open University and The Consumers Association and his Martian adventure gained the support of distinguished scientists James Lovelock (one of the first to research global warming) and Martin Rees (who is now President of the Royal Society). He had persuaded the Chairman of the Central Electrici...