A 10-foot high projected mural of the Martian landscape features animations inspired by archival scientific papers, illustrations, news reports, and fiction. Further into the gallery, visitors encounter Planet Lab. From two touch stations, they play out hypothetical geological scenarios on Mars and Earth and watch the results animate across a 27-foot wide panoramic view of the planets from space.
Over 600 sf of the gallery are dedicated to a scale model of a Martian colony that evolves as visitors interact with it. Visitors vote on societal issues along an interactive rail that gives a window into the colony’s culture, concerns, and structure. Based on visitor input, new buildings are added to the model over time. Monitors embedded in cliffsides and surface dwellings augment the colony’s interior life with beautifully-detailed, updatable animations. A custom CMS allows the museum to update visitor experience as the colony progresses, reflecting the ever-evolving future of humans and Mars.
Photos courtesy David Whitemyer