Museum scientists regularly work in space exploration and Mars research with NASA and colleagues from the European Space Agency. Ongoing projects including collaboration with NASA on the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover and ESA’s ExoMars mission using our world renowned meteorite collection.
Professor Caroline Smith, Head of Earth Science Collections and Senior Curator of Meteorites at the Natural History Museum, says: “The Museum is an innovative global science leader and as such we are delighted to be part of Mars Day 2022.
“The Red Planet has the ability to inspire and engage people with space, so having Luke Jerram’s incredible art scene in our very own Hintze Hall is a wonderful opportunity for us.”
I hope people enjoy the opportunity to get a close-up view of the Martian surface and encourage them to attend Museum and Mars Day events to learn more about our red neighbor.
This year, Mars Day falls on March 14 with Mars Time at 11:00 a.m. on that day, both being part of the Greater March Week. March 14and and 15and Museum visitors will be greeted by Luke Jerram’s seven-meter-wide Mars art installation, created using NASA photographs of the Red Planet’s surface.
Artist Luke Jerram said: “The artwork allows us to see Mars from the air. Every valley, crater, volcano and mountain is laid bare for us to inspect. The work transports us to this desert wasteland, to imagine what it is like to set foot on this incredible planet.
Comprised of a series of largely online events, the hope is that Mars Day will be a chance for people to learn more about the Red Planet. To accompany the festivities, the Museum will host a series of virtual and in-person events for schools and other audiences:
- School Event: Mission to Mars: LEGO® Explorers Workshop: Weekdays, 10:30am, 12:30pm GMT Design, build and code a Mars rover using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 robot sets in this hands-on workshop.
- School Event: Virtual Meet the Scientist: March 15, 2022, 11:15-12:00 and 13:45-14:30 GMT Participate in an online lecture hosted by a science communicator who will interview one of the scientists studying March at the Museum.
- Public Event: Chat Online: NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission: March 14, 2022, 5:45 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. GMT
Luke Jerram’s Mars will be exhibited at Hintze Hall on the 14thand and 15and of March and will be free to see. We recommend that you book free tickets to visit the Museum before coming here. To learn more about other events taking place at the Museum and online, click here.
Notes to Editors
Contact for natural history media: Tel. : +44 (0)20 7942 5654 / 07799690151 Email: [email protected]
Images available for download here.
Mars by Luke Jerram is co-commissioned by Kunsthal KAdE, the Netherlands; British Space Agency; Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK and UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres, with supporting partner University of Bristol.
The illustration is made using data from the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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