To commit to scientific news on Mars, the Cité de l’espace, in Toulouse, opens up a new space. An outdoor plot, to recreate the land of Mars, will open at the end of March. Visitors will be able to see life-size models of the persevering rover and Jurong that develop there.
Rust-colored hills are already visible behind the Australia building, rather than the stadium. In a few weeks, at the end of March, the Cité de l’Espace will welcome the audience in an immersive setting to recreate the landscape and especially the soil of Mars. This is where you will deploy mockups of the Perseverance (NASA rover) and Zhurong (the Chinese rover), articulated, remote-controlled witnesses of the current robotic exploration of Mars.
1.4 million euros of investment
Mars Square will accommodate 200 people in an outdoor amphitheater. This new permanent experiment, which requires an investment of €1.4 million, was designed in collaboration with CNES (National Center for Space Studies), CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), University of Toulouse III- Paul-Sabatier, IRAP (Institute for Research in Astrophysics and Planetary Science) ), OMP (Midi-Pyrenees Observatory) and supported by COMAT, a company from Haut-Garonne (Florens) involved in the delivery of components for Mars missions.
“Our mission is to spread advances in knowledge and talk about the success of French space. We talk a lot about Mars in the Cité de l’Espace (models from roving explorers, Mars meteorite) because this planet represents one of the new frontiers of research and knowledge for humanity. We want to understand how this twin evolved for the Earth,” explains Jean-Baptiste Desbois, General Manager of Cité de l’Espace.
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