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DESTINATION COSMOS

THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE

FEEL THE INFINITE

AN HOMAGE TO UAE's SPACE SERVICES AND EXPLORATION
Infinity des Lumières chose this exhibition as an homage to the UAE’s considerable space achievements and its giant leap into space, which includes sending the first Emirati astronaut into space in 2019, and the amazing success of the UAE-built Hope Mars probe, which triumphantly went into orbit around the Red Planet in February 2021.

The choice to highlight the human fascination with exploring the cosmos is inspired by the UAE’s impressive roadmap to the stars, which entails sending a UAE lunar rover to the moon, and launching an Analog mission to prepare humans for the long jump through the void to Mars. The UAE already doubled the size of its astronaut corps last year, with a selection of two new astronauts, including the first woman astronaut.

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE VASTNESS OF THE UNIVERSE
DESTINATION COSMOS is an original digital creation by Culturespaces and the French National Center for Space Studies, CNES. It traces humanity’s desire to understand and explore the universe, from the first observations of stars many centuries ago, to the Apollo 11 moon landing. Composed of 13 sequences and a prologue, the exhibition immerses you in a wondrous plethora of stars, planets, nebulae, and supernovae, with striking images from CNES and NASA and an eclectic music soundtrack.

The journey begins from the CNES tracking station, in the heart of the Guyanese rainforest, skyrocketing to the far reaches of the universe, where the space adventure takes you roaming through the canyons of Mars, alongside powerful rovers, diving into the heart of Jupiter, soaring over the rings of Saturn, and crossing the borders of our solar system to explore the vastness of the universe.
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Destination Cosmos is composed of 13 sequences and a prologue; the exhibition immerses you in a wondrous plethora of stars, planets, nebulae, and supernovae, with striking images from CNES and NASA and an eclectic music soundtrack.

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FRENCH NATIONAL CENTER FOR SPACE STUDIES - CNES

CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) is the public establishment responsible for proposing French space policy to the Government and implementing it in Europe. It designs and puts satellites in orbit and invents the space systems of tomorrow; it promotes the emergence of new services that are useful in everyday life. CNES, created in 1961, initiates major space projects, launchers and satellites and is the natural partner of industry for pushing innovation. CNES has nearly 2,400 employees, men and women who are passionate about space, which opens up infinite, innovative fields of application; it intervenes in five areas - the Ariane launcher, scientific research, observation, telecommunications and defence. CNES is a major player in technological innovation, economic development and industrial policy in France. It also establishes scientific partnerships and is involved in numerous international projects. France, represented by CNES, is one of the main contributors to the European Space Agency (ESA).

MOHAMMED BIN RASHID SPACE CENTRE - MBRSC

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, founded in 2006, is home to the UAE National Space Programme. The Centre builds and operates earth observation satellites, offering imaging and data analysis services to clients around the world. It has launched the DubaiSat-1, DubaiSat-2 and the KhalifaSat, which was developed 100% in the UAE by a team of highly qualified Emirati engineers. The Centre also launched the Emirates Mars Mission “Hope Probe”, which became the first Arab interplanetary mission to reach the Martian orbit on 9 February 2021. The Hope Probe is currently gathering key scientific data about Mars’ atmosphere. Furthermore, the Centre has announced the launch of the Emirates Lunar Mission, the first Emirati and Arab mission to explore the Moon and plans to develop MBZ-SAT, the most advanced commercial satellite in the region in the field of high-resolution satellite imagery. MBRSC hosted the 72nd edition of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2021, the world’s premier space event, in Dubai, making the UAE the first Arab nation to host the IAC since its establishment in 1950. The Centre is also responsible for the UAE Astronaut Programme, which saw the launch of Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati Astronaut, to the International Space Station on a scientific mission in 2019, and the development of the Mars 2117 Programme to build a human colony on Mars.

SPECTRE LAB - Artistic design and realization

SPECTRE LAB is a creative studio specialized in immersive video, videomapping, 3D animation and interactive experience. We design and produce image shows (video and sound content). We propose customized productions for each project. Our creativity and know-how allow us to intervene at the heritage, event and corporate levels. Coming from various backgrounds, our team masters both the artistic and technical aspects of a project (concept, scenography, technical definitions, images, large-format projections.).

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