2021, MARTIAN YEAR AT CITE DE L’ESPACE
Cité de l’Espace Puts the Red Planet in the Spotlight in 2021.
Special days, original events, life-size models, distinguished guests and the launch of a whole new facility dedicated to the Red Planet will punctuate the year.
This year, Mars is the Planet Attracting Everyone’s Attention!!
After a journey of six months, the Perseverance Rover (NASA) lands on Mars on 18 February. Perseverance’s main mission is to search for traces of former life near the Martian Jezero crater. By its side, the Martian Ingenuity drone should become the first machine to fly on Mars and – another grand premiere – a microphone should transmit to us the sounds of the Red Planet. Perseverance will also carry out the first stage required to bring Martian samples back to Earth. A few weeks later, in April 2021, it’s the turn of the Chinese Tianwen-1 rover to land to study the soil, the geological structure, the environment and atmosphere of Mars. The UAE probe Hope has, for its part, positioned itself in orbit around the Red Planet since 9 February. The planet Mars is at the heart of the news for 2021 and for many years to come!
In accordance with its mission of scientific mediation, Cité de l’espace will accompany you up close to this new stage of space exploration!
The Martian Exhibition (until the end of June 2021)
During the first half of 2021, soak up the Martian environment and dive into Martian exploration thanks to an exhibition, specially designed by the teams of Cité de l’espace, in the hall of the Astralia Building. The life-size, moving and animated models of the Perseverance rover and its drone, Ingenuity, will be the stars!
The Mars Lab Presentation (All Year)
A scientific presenter will help you experience experiments on the theme of Mars so you can better understand the interactions between the rover, its drone and the Martian environment. In particular, find out the technicalities of how Ingenuity, Perseverance’s drone, will be able to take off in the Martian atmosphere, which is very different from on Earth ….
The Life-Size, Moving and Animated Models of the Two New Martian Rovers
These two new models are life-size, moving and animated representations of the two rovers which are front-page Mars news in 2021: the Perseverance rover, and its helicopter drone Ingenuity and the Tianwen-1 rover.
With the model of the Curiosity rover on display at Cité de l’espace since 2012 and these two new models, Cité de l’espace is the only site in the world to display to the general public a stable of rovers which is so complete and with such developed features. Perseverance and Tianwen-1 will be housed in two geodesic domes adjoining the Martian Terrain.
Perseverance arrived at Cité de l’espace in February 2021. Tianwen-1 will arrive at the end of April.
The Martian Terrain in the Gardens of Cité de l’espace (from summer 2021)
As if you were there, find out about what the rovers are going to do on the Red Planet during their mission!
Cité de l’espace’s teams have reconstructed a Martian surface in the Gardens: a representation of a crater with its sand and rough rocks, its characteristic colour, very true to the Martian surface. A very realistic setting for this new permanent experience, designed and produced in collaboration with CNES, CNRS, Toulouse III Paul Sabatier University, IRAP, OMP, with the support of Comat.
It is at the heart of this Martian Terrain, which will be able to accommodate 200 visitors at a time, that you can take a seat to attend the 30-minute scientific presentations, of which the Perseverance and Tianwen-1 rovers will be the stars.