OPEN FOR THE PUBLIC SINCE APRIL 5, 2022
The leading site in Europe for dissemination of space and astronomical culture to the general public, Cité de l’espace is strengthening its position with a new permanent facility unique in Europe, designed in partnership with CNES: the Martian Ground. In connection with current space news, Cité de l’espace regularly offers new immersive events to allow visitors to discover and understand the major issues in space exploration. The planet MARS is therefore at the heart of this new lively place where the public will discover life-size mobile replicas of the rovers Perseverance (NASA-United States) and Zhurong (CNSA-China) which are currently operating on the red planet looking for traces of past life.
The rovers on the Martian ground of the Cité de l’espace
A new permanent equipment
Cité de l’espace and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) present The Martian Ground – The Rovers Take the Stage! In the shape of a 900 M2 crater where the red planet’s special soil and rocks are faithfully reproduced, this new scientific mediation area highlights the most explored planet in the solar system: MARS.
Supported by CNES, this facility was designed and developed in collaboration with the scientific experts of the French space agency and the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP), to reproduce to the full a Martian landscape which is as realistic as possible (colours, textures, reliefs, etc.).
In the centre of an amphitheatre which can accommodate up to 218 visitors at the same time, robotic Martian exploration take the stage on Martian Ground –presented by Cité de l’espace’s scientific presenters in the shape of a daily presentation of 25 minutes.