Thursday, 27 October 2016

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Futuristic exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich 
Open Thursday 10th to Wednesday 16th November,  from 10am to 5pm
Show home provides a glimpse of our life on the red planet in 2037

November 2016, UK – National Geographic is to unveil the first ever Mars show home, a unique structure that will provide a fascinating glimpse of what life on the red planet could be like in a matter of decades.

Open at the Royal Observatory Greenwich from November 10th to 16th, the habitat is based on extensive consultation with Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers and Stephen Petranek, author of How We’ll Live on Mars and consultant on MARS, the compelling six-part docu-drama from the Academy Award-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, which premieres on Sunday 13th November at 9pm on National Geographic.

Set in the year 2033, thrilling adventure-drama MARS tells the story of the first manned mission to the red planet and our attempts to colonise it. This exhilarating space odyssey is interwoven with present day documentary with space visionaries such as Elon Musk and Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining the science behind the drama, and how modern-day pioneers and technology will make the colonisation of Mars a reality.

Constructed over several months by Cardiff company Wild Creations, the show home depicts a dome-like structure mined from the regolith (Martian soil), combined with recycled spacecraft parts, including a double air-locked entrance, all designed to protect the early settlers from Mars’ unforgiving atmosphere and freezing temperatures. It brings to life Petranek’s vision of habitats as early as 2037, just fifteen years after Elon Musk’s SpaceX first planned shipment to Mars.

The show home will contain a transparent side section, giving visitors a slice of Mars life inside, as well as a depiction of an underground area, containing sleeping quarters, food supplies, scientific equipment and linking tunnels to other habitats.  You can read our review of the first episode here.

A small exhibition around the home will bring to life visions of the colony and facts about our future on Mars and the very real prospect of becoming a multi-planetary species.

MARS premieres on National Geographic  on Sunday 13th November at 9pm.


FACT BOX
·         The Mars Show Home is open from 10am on Thursday 10th November for seven days
·         Open daily from 10am to 5pm at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, adjacent to the Planetarium
·         Entry is free
·         The Mars Show Home is a walk-around exhibition, with the home interior visible through a transparent slice-through section. Signage all around the home brings to life the prospect of human colonisation of Mars
·         Home to be unveiled on Thursday 10th November by Stephen Petranek, author of How We’ll Live On Mars and consultant on Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s MARS, alongside Dr. Marek Kukula, Public astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
·         Home has been built by Cardiff company Wild Creations in lengthy consultation with Petranek and astronomers from the Royal Observatory Greenwich
·         The home will be surrounded by a depiction of the Mars surface, including rocks and red earth
·         Home is designed to be situated in Valles Marineris, a 4,000km long, 100km wide system of canyons that runs along the equator of Mars
·         Exterior will include a transparent viewing dome, large transmitter and stability ‘wings’. The structure will resemble brickwork forged from Martian regolith and microwaved to create sturdy building material
·         Items within the home will include sleeping quarters, a staircase, a botany platform, a 3D printer, microwave, water dispenser, a Mars globe, research area and a digital library
·         The home will include built-in lighting and flat screen televisions transmitting episode 1 of MARS and rover footage
·         A graphic floor section will depict the underground level, including additional sleeping quarters, food supplies and a NASA MOXIE, a device that collects, compresses and stores CO² from the Martian atmosphere
·         Large panels surrounding the house will provide visitors with a wealth of information on the reality of humankind’s future settlement of Mars

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