Taking as a starting point the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars (NASA’s Mars 2020 mission) on 18 February 2021, this interactive piece developed by the professors of the ESDM Design for Science seminar highlights the contributions of CAB to the knowledge of Mars, through its participation in the three environmental stations REMS, TWINS and MEDA of the last three NASA missions to Mars.

The piece is divided into three blocks:

Epic block
The observation of Mars in its orbit from antiquity to the 1960s: Mars as an imaginary. The exploration of the Martian surface from the 1960s onwards: Mars as a place.

Informative scientific-technological block
CAB instruments on the Martian terrain. What are their objectives and how do they work?

CAB block
Returning to Earth and presentation of CAB as a Spanish public organisation of excellence in the international conquest of space.

Illustration of Mars
Illustration of Mars. Credit: ESDM

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This project is a collaboration between Centro de Astrobiología and the Escuela Superior de Diseño de Madrid.

Centro de Astrobiología (CAB)

Director: Víctor Parro.

Project coordination: David Barrado Navascués and Susana Cabañero Rodríguez.

Scientific advisors: José Antonio Rodríguez Manfredi and CAB space instrumentation team, David Barrado, Carlos Briones, Susana Cabañero, Juan Ángel Vaquerizo.

Escuela Superior de Diseño de Madrid (e/s/d)

Director. Marina Arespacochaga Maroto.

Professors in the research group. Carlos Aparicio de Santiago, Antonio Cobo Arévalo, Gonzalo Cordero de Ciria, Iván Huelves Illas, Óscar Jiménez Salvador, Estrella Juárez Millán, Santiago Liébana García, Lourdes Marco Pascual, Francisco Torrego Graña.

Contributor to the project. Ricardo Horcajada González (Full Professor UCM).