Toulouse: “City de la’space is not a house that falls asleep” says its godmother, astronaut Claudi Hagner

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Cité de l’Espace is celebrating its 25th birthday this Saturday and invites the public to celebrate this anniversary with a free and unique program. Astronaut Claudi Hagner, the godmother of the site, reveals the city’s past and future. Interview.

Cité de l’Espace is celebrating its 25th birthday this Saturday and invites the public to celebrate this anniversary with a free and unique program. Astronaut Claudi Hagner, the godmother of the site, reveals the city’s past and future. Interview.

25 years ago, you were one of the guests at the opening of Cité de l’Espace in Toulouse. Do you have any memories of it?
I don’t have very specific memories of that day in question. On the other hand, I vividly remember the moment when Dominic Baudis asked me to be the godmother of Cité de l’Espace. It was in 1996, I was flying to Mir station and I complied. This moment symbolizes my role as Godmother through which I want to speak to a wider audience, but also to convey to young people their passion, curiosity and enthusiasm towards the issues of space.

Almost 25 years later, you are still one of the faithful, how did you see the City de L’Space evolving?
It has really evolved, expanded its foundation and laid down its DNA, to discover, love and attract a wider public to these space issues. In the beginning, it was originally for children then it was opened, thanks to multiple activities. Cité de l’Espace uses new technology and has been very good at adapting to space news. For Thomas Pesquet’s flight, for example, we had this control room that almost let us stay with him on his mission. Currently, the city organizes the terrain of Mars with replicas of rovers on Mars We’re really in the follow-up, even anticipating the news. It’s great to interact with the transformation of space today.

Today, Cité de l’Escpace is equally popular with tourists and scientists …
I’ll be joined by small start-ups, the CNES team and the economic and industrial space ecosystem with the presence of great scientists like Sylvester Morris, who have just won a major international award.

Cité de l’Espace has welcomed 7 million visitors since its opening, can we talk about success?
For three years, we’ve had a great dynamic but if there were before, complicated years. Its director, Jean-Baptiste Desbois, was able to drive the transformation that worked. Cité de l’Espace retains its appeal for its new proposition, its team of intermediaries who renew their educational formulas to integrate new technologies, engage in current events … it’s not a sleepy house at all.

How do you see City d’Lspace in 25 years?
Coming back to the moon will be very important in the next five years. This has already been expected with the Lun exhibition, and we are going to follow it very closely. There will also be the James Webb Telescope that will take us to the far end of the universe, Arian 6, গুরুত্বপূর্ণ The important thing of the 21st century is that children maintain this curiosity, this wonder for space. If the City can continue their intelligence; To enhance their vision, it is essential.

When will a French woman be in space after you?
There is an selection process going on, four or six will be selected, I hope among them, there will be a French man and why a woman. I would be very happy. For my part, I know that I was able to make an impact on young girls, to inspire them, to give them courage. But these examples should not be too time-changing, so a young woman is needed today.

A festive Saturday

This Saturday, June 25, Cité de l’espace celebrates its 25th anniversary and invites the public to celebrate this anniversary in a free and unique program.
2pm to 11pm: The public will be able to take advantage of the permanent offer of Cité de l’Espace – exhibitions, films, workshops – and discover Mars.
From 4 pm: Many meetings to arouse the curiosity of young and old, including a pair of workshops between Cité de l’Espace organizers and scientists, will pause this anniversary. More information about the event: https://25ans.cite-espace.com/. This link is accessible to the general public through the required registration.
From 20 hours: The public will meet a set of guests who will take them to discover their future big space projects and the challenges of the 21st century. Among these guests: many personalities, scientists, researchers and artists from the space world.

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