A new permanent exhibition Exploring Life on Mars has opened at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, US
The new exhibit has been described as the Carnegie Space Center’s most ambitious experiment yet
A US$4.4 million (€4.2m, £3.6m) exhibition Exploring Life on Mars has opened at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, US.
Dubbed ‘Mars: The Next Giant Leap’, the permanent exhibition has been described as the museum’s ‘most ambitious experiment’ to date and explores how issues such as sustainability, climate change, social justice and equitable access to resources will affect humanity’s future on Mars. . And on the floor.
Occupying 690 square meters (7,400 sq ft), the exhibit features seven experience areas: A View from Mars, Climatology, Martian Garden, Martian Living, Dream Big: Space, Pittsburgh on Mars, and The Search for Life. Each illustrates a different aspect of creating and maintaining a habitable climate on Mars.
The show From Mars explores human understanding of Mars through the lens of science fiction, pop culture, and real-life exploration, while guests learn about climatology how climates create and destroy habitable conditions on Mars and Earth.
Mars Garden explores potential ways to grow food on Mars and how these same technologies can be applied to ethical and sustainable farming on Earth. Martian Living shows guests possible living spaces for Martians, while Dream Big: Space brings Martian settlements to life through physical and digital building models.
Pittsburgh on Mars showcases Pittsburgh’s “formative space exploration ecosystem” as well as how Pittsburgh companies can contribute to future research and job opportunities in the local space field.
Finally, in Search for Life, visitors control a Mars rover as they search for water and other signs of life.
said Jason Brown, director of the Carnegie Science Center. “This exhibit shows that space can be available to anyone who wants it,” said Jason Brown, director of the Carnegie Science Center.
It takes more than rocket scientists to explore other planets. It takes artists, welders, marketers, and accountants. There is room for everyone.
“Mars: The Next Giant Leap” is designed to complement the Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium as well as its comprehensive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming. It is supported by the PNC Foundation, which provides financial aid to organizations that provide services to benefit communities, and the Howmet Aerospace Foundation, which invests in STEM initiatives with a focus on increasing access for underrepresented individuals.
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