Planet Earth

Earth – the Blue Planet – is the only planet of our solar system where complex life could evolve, due to large water resources. Constantly evolving, our Earth is no static planet: Over millions of years, the continents evolved, as water and air are in a state of continuous change.

The 3.5 - meter globe at the center of the exhibition stands out through its precise relief and richly detailed painting. Reproducing the famous “Blue Marble” image, the painting, like the relief, is entirely based on NASA satellite data.

Like Earth, the globe rotates about its axis with a 23.5° inclination. A spotlight simulates sunlight, creating a day and night effect on the globe. A laser projector marks topographical characteristics such as, for example, the Himalaya.

Spherical projections are displayed on two smaller omniglobes next to the Earth globe. One projection shows the movement of tectonic plates over millions of years, the other describes global wind and water currents related to the water cycle.

The structure of the Earth’s crust and the atmosphere are demonstrated on two monumental columns in the exhibition. Different layers of Earth’s crust and atmosphere are visualized true to scale.

An 80 sqm large-screen projection shows breathtaking images of Planet Earth. They were recorded by the ISS space station, from a perspective only reserved for very few people – until now. In an elaborate procedure, the high-definition time-lapse images were assembled into a 4K-resolution film.

The photographic flooring of the exhibition invites visitors to explore the Arabic Peninsula through a high-definition satellite image.