Kelly Richardson: Mariner 9 launch

4 silhouetted figures in front of a red martian landscape

Over a hundred people joined Attenborough Arts Centre on Friday 6 March to see the fascinating launch of Mariner 9 by Kelly Richardson.

This new exhibition presents a panoramic video view of the Mars landscape hundreds of years in the future, littered with the rusting remains of various missions to the planet. Created with  software used by the film and gaming industries, and using data from NASA’s missions to Mars, Richardson has created a realistic representation of the Mars landscape covered by the debris
of centuries of exploration. Despite the apparent abandoned state of the planet, some of the spacecraft continue to work, looking for signs of life.

The exhibition was supported with a display of meteorites from the collection of local enthusiast Graham Ensor in Gallery 3, as well as an interactive display from The National Space Centre and educational office Sophie Cottis-Allan. She wowed guests with her demonstration of electromagnetic fields, a quasi-spacesuit and a collection of small satellites, all generously donated by the Space Centre.

Mariner 9 is running from Saturday 7 March to Sunday 28 June, 2020.

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