The « Continuum » project is a visual simulator of the Martian sunset based on scientific data collected alongside researchers specializing in Mars and its atmosphere.
The collaboration with the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory (LMD) of Jussieu would be a great opportunity to integrate
etc.) so as to reproduce and very slowly animate the
The other aspect of the IT development of our ‘simulator’ will integrate data from Martian dust Climatology and data of the Martian relief (geology) following the latitude and longitude on Mars planet. The final outcome in an exhibition space (or on a
Martian site. We also plan to develop an online simulator to be able to exchange more easily with other labs abroad and for open source.
The goal of the project was to question how it is possible to make people feel a Martian landscape, through the experience of a sunset. In painting, the sunset is a classic figure. Just like Monet used to paint haystacks in the fields, we now can use Martian rover data to reproduce a landscape. In the context of Mars, recreating this distant reality implies to collaborate with scientists in order to translate raw data into sensible meanings and proof that this distant reality exists. The goal was to introduce the “real-time” component to the work: based on real-time data from the laboratory, to create an actual window on the Martian landscape rather than an interpretation. The goal was to go beyond data and talk about science in an emotional way.
The goal was, on one hand, to make the Martian research data tangible to the audience, in an emotional way, to translate raw data in an emotional meaning – which allow people to relate to the research being undertaken, which was one of the goals of public research, as mentioned by François Forget. On the other hand, reflect on a distant, yet so similar reality allows the audience to take a step back and reconsider perspective on our planet (such as the impact that the image of the earth from space had when it was released in the 60’s, advocated by Stewart Brand: it led to an awareness of a common future, finiteness). In the future, it could allow the CNRS to have a tool to get immediate visual feedback from the raw data that they get from the rovers. While it is not perfectly accurate, the crossings of the data might allow illustrating mars in a “generative” way rather than with poor quality cameras – it could be complementary.
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