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Exhibition at Freie Universität Berlin Displays Spectacular 3D Films, Photos, and Models of the Planet Mars

№ 45/2008 from Feb 18, 2008

An exhibition featuring spectacular images and film sequences of the planet Mars opens at Freie Universität Berlin on February 26, 2008. The exhibition includes 3D films not previously available to the public. They show volcanoes, craters, sand dunes, and ice fields on Mars, presenting the planet in a plasticity not seen before. The films were made as part of the Mars Express Mission of the European Space Agency, ESA. A model of the camera and newly made reliefs of Mars are also on display. The exhibition, entitled "The New Image of Our Neighbor Mars," is being presented by the division of Planetary Sciences and Remote Sensing of Freie Universität and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The exhibition will be open through May 22, 2008. There is no entrance fee.

The exhibition also includes information on the Mars Express Mission, the European Union's first mission to another planet. Since Christmas 2003, the Mars Express has been orbiting the red planet, probing for new information about its geology, mineralogy, atmosphere, and moons. The research instruments on board the orbiter include the German high-resolution stereo camera that was developed at the German Aerospace Center under the Principal Investigator, Professor Dr. Gerhard Neukum, the former director of the DLR Institute for Planetary Research,  in collaboration with the Experiment Manager, Professor Dr. Ralf Jaumann, and a team of scientists and engineers. The high-resolution stereo camera is the first system that is able to obtain high-resolution, three-dimensional, color images of the planet's surface.

Location and Opening Times:

  • Freie Universität Berlin
    Foyer of the Plant Physiology Bldg., Königin-Luise-Straße 12–16 a, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem
  • Feb. 26 – May 22, 2008, week days 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (as of April 14, open until 7 p.m.)

Field trips by school classes are welcome from February 26 through April 12.
Advance registration is required. Please contact .

Further Information

Heike Balthasar
Freie Universität, Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 838-70555