The International Space Station (ISS) orbits the Earth at a distance of 400km. The Moon orbits the Earth at a distance of almost 400,000 km. It is 1000 times further from Earth than the ISS.
In broad daylight on the Moon the sky is black… like it is at night.
At the Moon’s equator, there are the equivalent of 14 Earth days of burning sunshine, followed by 14 Earth days of the darkest night (glacial!)
In the sun, the temperature can rise to 120 degrees, and fall to –230 degrees in the dark.
The dust which covers the Moon’s surface (regolith) is very fine, abrasive and very “sticky.” It adheres strongly to the astronauts’ equipment which it quickly damages. It can cause serious respiratory problems.
On the Moon, you are exposed to cosmic rays, invisible to the naked eye, but very harmful to mankind. These particles from space pass through matter and the human body, destroying cells’ DNA.
And yet, WE’RE RETURNING!
MOON – Episode II, We’re Returning!
NEW EXHIBITION FROM 20 APRIL
50 years after our first steps on the Moon, mankind has decided to return there. But this time the challenge is even more crazy, since we are going to settle there. And that changes everything!
Episode I of human exploration of the Moon was the Apollo missions. It is the theme of the first part of the exhibition, MOON, Episode II. In this prologue you will find a retrospective of the key moments of the Apollo Missions and the incredible challenges taken on and won 50 years ago by NASA’s teams. The life-size reconstruction of the cockpit of the LM (Lunar Module) and the “Apollo Missions” presentation, with its Moonwalk simulator, allows you to imagine for yourself the exploits of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and the other 10 Moonwalkers.
6 successive Apollo missions took astronauts to the Moon. The exploit of getting to the Moon, landing and disembarking six times over was immense. The impact on mankind’s consciousness and psychology was quite as great. But astronauts could not stay on the Moon for long (up to 3 days max) because of the scarcity of their resources and the horrendous environmental conditions prevailing on its surface.
But the Moon is also of very great interest to mankind in our quest for knowledge of our space environment. And since there are ways of getting around the terrible limitations the Moon imposes on its visitors, or even of taking precious advantages from it, mankind has decided to return to it. From today we will experience Episode II of the exploration of the Moon by mankind.
With the exhibition MOON, Episode II, share the scientific challenges which await the space agencies: a return to the Moon with the aim of staying there for ever more ambitious scientific exploration.
The MOON Episode II exhibition transports you into total immersion in this Moon environment. What better conditions than “being on the Moon” for finding out and understanding all the challenges we have to meet to live and survive on this celestial body? Can we find resources despite its apparent desolation?
How can these precious resources be managed (solar energy, useful dust, hidden water)? Are there effective ways of protecting yourself? What equipment do we have to take with us? How will we manage to work, find a place to live, sleep, eat and communicate? …
The Moon, it’s your turn to experience it!
MOON, Episode II is a lively exhibition. Its presentations, the puzzles you have to solve will be experienced in teams or with your family: thanks to fun experiments, you will physically feel what would be different if you lived on the Moon.
With MOON – Episode II, All Aboard for a “Magnificent Desolation”!
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