The Natural History Museum hosts the work of Luke Jerram for Mars Day 2022

The Natural History Museum will host Luke Jerram’s artwork on Mars to celebrate Mars Day 2022 on March 14.

Mars Day, organized by ESERO-UK (the Space Education Office of the United Kingdom), STEM Learning, the European Space Agency and the British Space Agency, celebrates the sixth anniversary of the launch of the first ExoMars mission as well as the exploration with NASA’s Perseverance rover.

Museum scientists regularly work in space exploration and Mars research with NASA and colleagues from the European Space Agency.

Current projects include 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, said: “The Museum is an innovative global science leader and as such we are delighted to be part of March Day 2022.

“The Red Planet has the ability to inspire and engage people with space, so having the incredible center stage of Luke Jerram’s artwork in our very own Hintze room is a wonderful opportunity for us. I hope people enjoy the opportunity to get a close view of the Martian surface and I would encourage them to join the Museum and Mars Day events to learn more about our red neighbour.”

This year, Mars Day falls on March 14, with Mars time at 11:00 a.m. on that day, both being part of the larger March week. On that day and the next, visitors to the museum will be greeted by Jerram’s seven-meter-wide Mars art installation, created using NASA photographs of the Red Planet’s surface.

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 artwork transports us to this desert wasteland, to imagine what it’s like to walk on this amazing planet.”

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