When Museum scientists and exhibit
specialists decided to build
a diorama of Mars, they were
entering a whole new world. Never
before had the Museum fabricated
an environment not found on Earth.
Fortunately, the people involved
in re-creating the surface of the
dusty planet had a true passion
for this mission. The Museums
curator of planetary science, Dr.
Steven Lee, chose Chandor Chasma,
one of the side canyons of the 2,000-mile-long
Valles Marineris, as the location
for the diorama. He reasoned that
this location would be a likely
place for a Mars base station, due
to indicators that this region may
have once supported water, and thus,
Meet the Experts
Dozens of scientist, artists, engineers, and designers were involved
in replicating Candor Chasma in Space Odysseys
Mars diorama. Meet three of them in our streaming video interviews:
Where is Candor
Chasma? Dr. Steven Lee, the
Museums curator of planetary
science, describes the dioramas
How was scientific
data incorporated into this exhibit?
Find out from Dr. Lee, who oversaw
its design and construction.
How do you create
a believable landscape? The
projects artist, Jan Vriesen,
discusses the importance of artistic
realism when creating a diorama.
Are the rocks
real? Contractor Ken Romkee
describes how the rocks were constructed
to make them look as if they are
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