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Behind the Scenes
The completed Mars Diorama exhibitBuilding Mars
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 Museum’s 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, life.

Meet the Experts
Dozens of scientist, artists, engineers, and designers were involved in replicating Candor Chasma in Space Odyssey’s Mars diorama. Meet three of them in our streaming video interviews:

Where is Candor Chasma? Dr. Steven Lee, the Museum’s curator of planetary science, describes the diorama’s canyon location.
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How was scientific data incorporated into this exhibit? Find out from Dr. Lee, who oversaw its design and construction.
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How do you create a believable landscape? The project’s artist, Jan Vriesen, discusses the importance of artistic realism when creating a diorama.
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Are the rocks real? Contractor Ken Romkee describes how the rocks were constructed to make them look as if they are real.
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