A new permanent exhibit about life on Mars has opened at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, USA
The new exhibit has been described as the Carnegie Space Center’s most ambitious experience to date
A US$4.4 million (€4.2 million, £3.6 million) exhibit on life on Mars has opened at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, USA.
Dubbed “Mars: The Next Giant Leap,” the permanent exhibit has been described as the museum’s “most ambitious experience” to date, exploring how issues such as sustainability, climate change, social justice and fair access to resources are shaping humanity’s future. on Mars and on Earth.
The exhibit covers 690 square meters and features seven experience zones: View from Mars, Climatology, Martian Garden, Martian Living, Dream Big: Space, Pittsburgh in Mars, and Search for Life. Each demonstrates a different aspect of creating and maintaining a livable climate on Mars.
View from Mars explores human understanding of Mars through the lens of science fiction, pop culture, and real-life exploration, while in Climatology, guests learn how climates create and destroy habitable conditions on Mars and Earth.
Martian Garden explores possible methods of growing food on Mars and how the same techniques can be applied to ethical and sustainable agriculture on Earth. Martian Living shows guests possible living spaces of Martian residents, while Dream Big: Space brings Mars settlements to life through physical and digital building models.
Pittsburgh on Mars showcases Pittsburgh’s “shaping space exploration ecosystem” and how Pittsburgh companies contribute to future research and career opportunities in local space exploration.
Finally, in Search for Life, visitors take control of a Mars rover as they search for water and other signs of life.
“As you walk through the exhibit, you are challenged to ask questions about what makes a community thrive, how our lives are shaped by our environment, and how exploring Mars will affect life on Earth,” said Jason Brown, director of the Carnegie Science Center. “This exhibit shows that space can be accessible 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 and 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 and extensive STEM programming. It is supported by the PNC Foundation, which provides financial assistance to organizations that provide services to communities, and the Howmet Aerospace Foundation, which invests in STEM initiatives with a focus on improving access for underrepresented individuals.