2022, MARTIAN YEAR AT CITE DE L’ESPACE
Cité de l’espace showcases the Red Planet in 2022.
Special days, novel events, life-size models, distinguished guests and the launch of a brand-new facility dedicated to the red planet will punctuate the year.
Since 2021, Mars has been the planet to which all eyes are turned!
After six months of travel, the Perseverance rover (NASA) landed on Mars on 18 February 2021. Perseverance’s main mission is to search for traces of former life near the Martian Jezero crater. Along with it, the Ingenuity Martian drone became the first machine to fly on Mars and – another great first – a microphone has since been sending us the sounds of the red planet. Perseverance has also carried out the first stage required to bring Martian samples back to Earth: a crucial first stage successfully accomplished in September 2021.
In May 2021, it was the turn of the Chinese Zhurong rover to land to study the soil, the geological structure, the environment and the atmosphere of Mars. The Emirates probe Hope, for its part, has taken up orbit around the red planet since 9 February 2021.
The planet Mars has been at the centre of the news since 2021 and will be for many years!
In line with its scientific mediation mission, Cité de l’espace accompanies you up close to this new stage of space exploration!
The Mars Lab Event
A scientific presenter helps you experience experiments on the theme of Mars to better understand the interactions between the rover, its drone and the Martian environment. Discover, in particular, how Ingenuity, Perseverance’s drone, is technically able to fly in the Martian atmosphere, very different to what we have on Earth …
Life-size, Mobile and Animated Models of the Two New Martian Rovers
These two new models are real, mobile and animated representations of the two rovers which are making the Martian news headlines: the Perseverance rover and its Ingenuity helicopter drone and the Zhurong 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 present such a complete stable of rovers with such developed functionality to the general public. Soon, Perseverance and Zhurong will be housed in two geodesic domes adjoining the Martian Terrain.
Perseverance and its Ingenuity helicopter drone arrived at Cité de l’espace in February 2021. Zhurong arrived in late April.
The Martian Terrain in the Gardens of Cité de l’espace (from Spring 2022)
Experience the news from the red planet up close in a very immersive Martian set!
Cité de l’espace’s teams reconstructed the Martian surface in the Gardens: evoking a crater with its sand and rocky walls, its characteristic colour, very faithful to the Martian surface. A very realistic scenario for this new permanent experience, designed and produced in collaboration with CNES, CNRS, University of Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, IRAP, OMP, with the support of Comat.
It is at the heart of this Martian Terrain, which can host 200 visitors at a time, that you can come to see the thirty-minute scientific presentation sessions in which the Perseverance and Zhurong rovers will be the stars.