The Red Planet: Going to Mars at the Museum of Natural History and Cormack Planetarium in Roger Williams Park, Providence RI.
Getting to Mars is hard, landing is even harder still, but getting off the surface of Mars has never been done before and is one of the big engineering challenges of a Martian mission. A crucial element of NASA's plans is the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), the spacecraft that will blast off from the surface of Mars to begin the astronauts' journey home. In the spring of 2016, RI School of Design's "Design for Extreme Environments" industrial design studio, working with NASA, designed two different concepts for the MAV. Both of these full-scale models and working drawings and concept models are on display, as well as background information on Mars, including a large panorama from the Curiosity Rover, which is currently exploring the surface of Mars.