April 19, 2024

The Cité de l’espace in Toulouse has spared no expense in promising its guests the moon. The brand new attraction known as LuneXplorer, inbuilt a brand new constructing as an alternative of the outdated Terradome, guarantees astronaut-like thrills. 4 sequences await the curious. The primary, within the reception corridor surrounded by spacesuits and fashions of launch automobiles, is meant to immerse you within the Apollo, Artemis and NASA missions. The members are then divided into groups of 4 underneath video directions from the three astronauts from the European House Company (Esa), Thomas Pesquet, Matthias Maurer and Samantha Cristoforetti. Then it’s time to sit in one of many ten area capsules, the spotlight of the attraction.

Following the identical precept because the centrifuge that astronauts use for his or her coaching, this expertise means that you can really feel the stress of the launch in two minutes, with an acceleration of 2G, with the physique pressed in opposition to the seat since you really feel it’s twice as heavy and brakes backwards and at last the moon touchdown, all in a couple of minutes. “For the primary time the general public can expertise hypergravity,” guarantees Jean-François Clervoy, astronaut and honorary president of the Cité de l’espace. “You’ll really feel the identical impressions that astronauts really feel of their spacecraft.” » The LuneXplorer, which lasts forty minutes in complete, then ends with a debriefing part. “It is a multisensory and immersive expertise distinctive on this planet,” assures Jean-Claude Dardelet, president of Semeccel, the working firm of the Cité de l’espace.

Greater than 500,000 guests per yr

It took two years to design this tools, a time for reflection even within the midst of Covid-19, and to place collectively a price range of sixteen million euros. Toulouse Métropole is the main financier (55%), adopted by European funds underneath the financial restoration plan (34%), the Cité de l’espace (6%) and the Occitanie area (5%). LuneXplorer might be open to the general public beginning Tuesday, November 14th. LuneXplorer’s additional mission is to draw guests and appeal to greater than 500,000 folks per yr.

Audrey Sommazi

Within the photograph: Jean-Baptise Desbois, the overall director of Semeccel, the working firm of the Cité de l’espace, and Jean-François Clervoy, astronaut and honorary president of the Cité de l’espace.​

Within the photograph: Picture credit score: Rémy Gabalda – ToulÉco.