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Facing Mars exhibition still on show in Texas

Facing Mars exhibition still on show in Texas
15 Jul 2014

There's still time to see Facing Mars, a temporary exhibition at the Space Centre, Houston. This space-themed show is going to be in place at the Texas attraction until September 1st this year.

Organisers say that is poses questions such as whether humans could live on mars and how humanity will tackle the challenges of travelling there.

"Unlike other space exhibits, ‘Facing Mars’ isn’t just about visiting another planet; it’s about exploring whether humans have the ingenuity to solve the fundamental challenges of the next phase of space travel and exploration," exhibits manager  Paul Spana has explained.

The exhibition is the work of the Ontario Science Centre. Senior scientist and exhibit developer there, Dr. Devon Hamilton, has said that from the outset designers and scientists wanted to focus on more than what is already known, but also what isn't yet known.

Some problems showcased haven't got solutions as new methods of thinking are needed to take humans to Mars, he explained.

Visitors can see the Mars exhibition for no extra charge once they've paid-into the Space Center Houston, with full price tickets costing $22.95 USD (or cheaper online).

Within, they will find a range of interactive stations based around the themes of Mars' surface, and the physical and psychological challenges of a trip there.

The first of these themes looks at things like tech that will be required for us to explore the Red Planet as well as the issues that will be faced when living there, such as what people will eat.

In terms of physical challenges, this theme includes issues like how to make sure astronauts are protected from radiation, and can stay alive on the lengthy trip to Mars.

And the theme of psychological challenges includes things like how to pick the right people for a trip to Mars, and how they'll be impacted by issues such as being isolated.

Science fans in Texas may also fancy a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, which can be found on Hermann Park Drive in the city.ADNFCR-408-ID-801735490-ADNFCR

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