Mars Day 2022 will be commemorated at the Natural History Museum
To commemorate Mars Day 2022, the Natural History Museum will feature Luke Jerram’s artwork on Mars. The 6th anniversary of the launch of the first ExoMars mission and NASA’s Perseverance rover exploring Mars for just over a year is celebrated on Mars Day, hosted by ESERO-UK (the UK Office for Space Education) , STEM Learning, the European Space Agency, and the UK Space Agency.
Museum scientists regularly collaborate with NASA and European Space Agency colleagues on space exploration and Mars research. Working with NASA on the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover and ESA’s ExoMars mission, which uses our world-class meteorite collection, are two of our current initiatives.
Professor Caroline Smith, Head of Earth Science Collections and Senior Curator of Meteorites at the Natural History Museum, said: “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.”
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. On March 14 and 15, visitors to the museum will be greeted by Luke Jerram’s seven-meter-wide Mars art installation, created using NASA photographs of the Red Planet’s surface.
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.
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.
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 Natural History Museum is both a world-renowned scientific research center and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which people and the planet thrive, he is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing the needs of humanity with those of the natural world. It is the custodian of one of the most important scientific collections in the world comprising more than 80 million specimens. The breadth of this collection allows researchers around the world to document how species have responded and continue to respond to environmental change – which is essential to help predict what might happen in the future and inform policy and future plans to help the planet.
The Museum’s 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research on all aspects of the natural world. Their science provides essential data to help the global fight to save the future of the planet from the main threats of climate change and biodiversity loss to the search for solutions such as the sustainable extraction of natural resources. The Museum uses its enormous global reach and influence to fulfill its mission to create Earth Defenders – to inform, inspire and empower everyone to make a difference for nature. We welcome more than five million visitors each year; our digital production reaches hundreds of thousands of people in more than 200 countries each month and our traveling exhibitions have been seen by approximately 30 million people over the past 10 years.
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