This year again, Cité de l’espace will offer beautiful astronomical sensations throughout the summer. Whether you’re just curious or a confirmed star-gazer, you are invited to explore the sky through a programme of varied and festive events. Exhibitions, festivals or themed night events, here are the key meetings not to be missed this summer.
The ASTRONAUTS exhibition allows you to understand the extraordinary life of astronauts on board the International Space Station. Thanks to experiential activities, the public discovers the amazing living conditions of astronauts in space, where every gesture is new: washing, eating, working, relaxing … and all that to the rhythm of 16 sunrises and sunsets a day. Terrestrial landmarks are quickly disrupted and visitors to the ASTRONAUTS exhibition are confronted with that through experiments. This exhibition, which opened in October 2016, will close on 4 November 2018: only a few months remain to discover it. And, since the beginning of summer, a new object is on display which is an original symbol of future exploration: a Mars Rock which travelled in space with Thomas Pesquet.
From 3 July: Presentation of the Simulator “At the Controls of the Aircraft”
Cité de l’espace offers visitors a chance to put themselves into the skin of an airline pilot using the simulator “At the Controls of the Aircraft”. With this new activity Cité de l’espace wants to show how geolocation satellites are used to make air transport safer. An experience to try out: like landing in the fog.
Tuesday, November 13 from 10am to 7.30pm
MEETINGS City & Handicap
From 12 to 25 November 2018, Toulouse Métropole is organizing the City & Handicap Get-togethers 9th edition. Recognized for its accessibility for all, the Cité de l’Espace joins the gathering and will propose, on November 13, a day dedicated to visual deficiency awareness. Free and open to all on registration*, “White canes and new technologies” aims at educating everyone, people with disabilities or not, to the day-to-day life of visually impaired people. *inscription by phone 05 67 73 53 76 or by email email@example.com within the limits of available places
Monday, 26 November from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.* (time to be confirmed) in the evening, Cité de l’espace being closed that day
SPACE NEWS EVENT: live broadcast of Insight Landing on Mars
An event to experience live in public at Cité de l’espace, presentation and commentary by Cité de l’espace presenters and guest scientists in charge of the mission: presentation on the Mars exploration mission, equipment, commentary and live monitoring of operations. A NASA mission with significant CNES participation The whole of Cité de l’espace will be open for free to the public on this evening (permanent exhibition, gardens, etc.) from 7 to 10 p.m. (time to be confirmed) so people can experience the landing of Insight live. *Subject to confirmation of dates and times and operational monitoring possibilities. Free access on registration within the limit of available places
Wednesday, 28 November, at 6.30 p.m
CONFERENCE: BepiColombo, a High-Risk Mission to Mercury’s Secrets
By Pierre William Bousquet, CNES and CNRS, in the context of the launch of BepiColombo scheduled between 5 October and 20 November 2018. At Cité de l’espace. Part of the Astronautical Rendez-vous organised in partnership with 3AF and CNES. Free Access
CULTURAL ENCOUNTER: the News Competition of the Friends of Cité de l’espace
News Competition organised by the Association of Friends of Cité de l’espace, open to everyone. Further information on twitter
Wednesday, 19 December, at 6.30 p.m
CONFERENCE: China’s Space Programme and Franco-Chinese Cooperation
By Isabelle Sourbes, CNRS and Patrick Castillan, CNES, in the context of the launch of the CFOSAT satellite scheduled for 5 October 2018. At Cité de l’espace. Part of the Astronautical Rendez-vous organised in partnership with 3AF and CNES. Free Access
About Cité de l’espace
Stimulating curiosity, the desire to learn more, creating scientific vocations, making space, astronomy and scientific culture accessible to all, these are the aims which underpin the Cité de l’espace’s activities with the support of its partners, especially Toulouse Métropole. Cité de l’espace is the leading European site for the distribution of space and astronomy news to the general public. Cité de l’espace is a Toulouse Métropole facility, opened in 1997 on the initiative of Toulouse City Hall, with the support of the Occitanie Region, its co-founders CNES, Airbus, Météo-France, the Ministry of National Education, and the participation of its associate partners, Caisse d’Epargne Midi-Pyrénées, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, ESA (the European Space Agency), Canopé, TOULOUSE III Paul-Sabatier University, CNRS, OMP, IRAP, Snecma, Onera and Thales Alenia Space.