Get under the skin of an astronaut on a space mission
The new ASTRONAUTS exhibition at Cité de l’espace aims to show the public this new life, far from our usual habits.
An exhibition where astronauts guide visitors: to take them closer to what they experience during their missions in Space
Today, astronauts can share their Space missions live with the general public thanks in particular to social media. Every day, they disclose their lives through photographs and videos on their personal accounts. They each bring their individual vision of their mission, very often with amazing images of Earth never seen before, as viewed from Space, thereby reducing the distance from the astronauts. In this spirit, the new exhibition at Cité de l’espace sets up the most direct contact possible between astronauts and the public. Through innovative devices, the public can witness how strange their daily lives are in Space. The interaction is simple: astronauts talk about their job and their work in this singular environment.
Sets to immerse visitors in Space and experiments to learn all about the astronauts’ extraordinary environment
After a presentation of astronauts’ training, the public is plunged in the realistic sets hovering 400km above the Earth, before actually entering a Space Station, both a “home” and a “laboratory” for astronauts. Thanks to concrete experiments, visitors can discover astronauts’ surprising living conditions in Space, where every single gesture is something new — washing, eating, working, relaxing, etc. — and the Sun rises and sets 16 times a day.
The public is also able to enjoy the breathtaking views only astronauts can see from the Space Station: the Earth moving at a speed of 8km per second or Paris-to-Toulouse in 75 seconds: an astounding realisation of the sheer beauty of our living planet.
Design of the exhibition and partnerships
The ASTRONAUTS Exhibition was designed and produced by Cité de l’espace.
With the participation of:
ESA, CNES, ROSCOSMOS, NASA, Novespace, Cadmos, Medes, Airbus Defence & Space, Flight Watching, Argotec
With the support of:
Comtesse du Barry
A France Info event:
Access to the ASTRONAUTES Exhibition: included in the admission price for Cité de l’espace, with no supplement
Duration of the exhibition: 20 October 2016 to end of 2018
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Cité de l’espace is Europe’s leading site for dissemination of the astronomy and the culture of space to the general public. Cité de l’espace is a facility belonging to Toulouse Métropole, open in 1997 at the instigation of the Municipality of Toulouse, with support from the Midi-Pyrénées Region, its cofounders CNES, Airbus Defence and Space, Météo-France, the Ministry of National Education and the participation of its associated partners: Caisse d’Épargne Midi-Pyrénées, Caisse des Dépôts & Consignations, ESA (European Space Agency), Canopée, Paul-Sabatier University, CNRS, OMP, IRAP, Snecma, Onera, Thalès Alenia Space.