“Spaceship Earth” Traveling Exhibition

How can you deploy“Spaceship Earth” Traveling Exhibition

  • Science Center
  • Exhibition Environments
  • Events and Festivals
  • Museums

What does“Spaceship Earth” Traveling Exhibition offer you?

  • New perspectives on the planet
  • Edutainment
  • Individual Staging
  • New Interaction Metaphors
  • Unforgettable Experience
“Spaceship Earth” exhibition was produced jointly by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Ars Electronica
The Ars Electronica Center’s successful exhibition focusing on the observation of our planet from outer space is now available from Ars Electronica Solutions as a stand-alone variant in the form of a traveling exhibition. As co-producer, Ars Electronica Solutions can custom-tailor the exhibition to the spatial circumstances and technical prerequisites prevailing at any site.

Satellites help us to analyze complex global interrelationships: the development of the weather, the ongoing measurement of expanding cities, surveillance of the oceans’ surface, and the detection of forest fires. Thanks to satellite technology, we can obtain the precise data that we need to protect our environment. After all, this is the only Earth we’ve got.
This exhibition showcases satellite images and the astounding depth of information inherent in these impressive pictures. What do we learn from the observation of Earth from high above our planet, and how are we to react to what we find out? “Spaceship Earth,” an exhibition produced jointly by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Ars Electronica, focuses on these issues.

ESA Missionstatement
The European Space Agency (ESA) is an international organization whose aim is to foster civilian exploration and use of outer space. It pools Europe’s space travel capabilities to carry out projects that are far beyond the possibilities of a single European country. The ESA currently has 22 member states, and works together with the European Union and many other countries.


Floor Projection
The floor projections in the “Spaceship Earth” exhibition are four animated images of the Earth: the nitric oxide (NO) content of the atmosphere, global population density, oceanic wave heights and the Earth’s topography.

Interactive Steles
Arrayed about a rotating globe are steles that can be spun on their axis, whereby the circular motion functions as an innovative interaction metaphor. Rotating the steles takes installation visitors on a journey to the most fascinating spots on Earth, and touching the multi-touch surfaces provides convenient access to the information level underlying these impressive images.

Climate Change Station
This installation is dedicated to the presentation of information having to do with climate change. The intuitive mode of accessing the content features theme-related 3-D objects that the visitor places on a sensor-equipped surface.

Jumbo-format Satellite Image Scenes
A satellite image scene is a defined excerpt from a continuous sequence of images captured by a satellite’s optoelectronic scanning system. Large-scale prints provide visitors with new ways of looking at our planet.

Interactive Sliding Panels
In line with the visual orientation of the exhibition, large-format prints are presented in a system of movable panels. Visitors can rearrange the panels at will and thus create image compositions both in real space as well as on the digital level, whereby the digital counterpart also establishes substantive interrelationships in a virtual realm of information. The positions of the image panels are registered by laser sensors and the arrangement is conveyed to the visualization.

Foto Credits: Ars Electronica / ESA


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