SPACE FOR LIFE celebrates the opening of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

SPACE FOR LIFE celebrates the opening of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium 
A journey to the edge of the Universe 
MONTREAL, April 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - SPACE FOR LIFE is very excited to be 
opening the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium to the general public this Saturday, 
April6. This highly anticipated new Montréal institution will offer 
visitors a moving, breathtaking experience—a journey to the edge of the 
Universe. By combining art, science and emotion, SPACE FOR LIFE—the largest 
natural sciences museum complex in Canada—boldly forges ahead as it creates 
new ways to get in touch with nature and the Universe. Designed to meet the 
highest environmental standards and built next to the Biodôme, the Rio Tinto 
Alcan Planetarium stands out with a strong architectural identity, which all 
Montrealers can be proud of. 
The Space for Life: An extraordinary destination
"The opening of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium marks a defining moment in the 
consolidation of the Space for Life, the world's first ever site dedicated to 
both human beings and nature," Montréal Mayor Michael Applebaum declares. 
"With the Biodôme, the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium and now the 
Planetarium, this space constitutes a very valuable scientific instrument, an 
educational tool of the first order. It is a beacon of excellence supporting 
Montréal's leadership as a city of learning, a UNESCO City of Design, and a 
city of public and digital art with the recent unveiling of the concept of its 
outdoor artwork." 
"We are very proud of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, and we are convinced 
that its visitors will be touched by their experience here. By providing a 
permanent place for artistic creativity in a scientific space, the Rio Tinto 
Alcan Planetarium is a pioneer and embodies the spirit underpinning every 
visit to the SPACE FOR LIFE: offering captivating and moving immersive 
experiences for a better understanding of the delicate bond between humans and 
nature," Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive Director of the SPACE FOR LIFE, 
reminds us. 
The Space for Life: New approaches
The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium innovates with two theatres offering 
complementary experiences of the sky and the Universe. The journey begins in 
the Chaos Theatre, where the immersive show Continuum, created by Montréal 
artists Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, plunges visitors into an odyssey 
through space in all its beauty and power—a cosmic fable set to the music of 
Philip Glass; a invitation to "fall in love" with space and awaken curiosity. 
Next, in the Milky Way Theatre, a scientific interpreter guides visitors From 
the Earth to the Stars, like explorers aboard a spacecraft—a "guided tour of 
the Universe" that changes with the seasons and the current events of 
astronomy. A true journey to the edge of the Universe! 
Does life exist beyond Earth? That is the question posed by the fun and 
interactive exhibition Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe, by means of 
interactive kiosks, projections and multimedia games. Under the artistic 
direction of Lemieux and Pilon, the exhibition makes the most of digital 
technology to communicate a great deal of information, which is updated to 
reflect scientific discoveries. There is also a section dedicated to 
meteorites containing the largest public collection in Québec: over 300 
pieces, including meteorites originating from the moon and Mars. "This is a 
first, as there was really nowhere in the province that could house, preserve 
and study meteorite fragments like this before," explains Pierre Lacombe, the 
Director of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. 
"The official inauguration of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium marks the 
culmination of a wonderful project born of a partnership of close to ten 
years, and we are very proud to be able to share it with the Montréal 
community. This new planetarium will be not only a place to discover the world 
around us but also a place of continuous learning for young people. Getting 
young people closer to nature and getting them more interested in science is a 
great way to stimulate them and give them a thirst for knowledge," adds 
Jacynthe Côté, Chief Executive, Rio Tinto Alcan. 
The world's first site dedicated to both humans and nature
SPACE FOR LIFE offers a chance to explore all facets of life, from the 
infinitely small to the infinitely large. Together, the Botanical Garden, the 
Insectarium, the Biodôme and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium constitute a 
unique destination reflecting the knowledge, creativity and innovation found 
in this city. 
The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium project was made possible thanks to the 
financial contributions of the City of Montréal, the ministère de 
l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la 
Technologie, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the ministère de 
la Culture et des Communications, Canada Economic Development and Rio Tinto 
Alcan. The land on which the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium was built was ceded 
by the City of Montréal and the Olympic Park. 
Photos and fact sheets: 
Source: Jonathan Abecassis, Press Attaché Office of the Mayor and Executive 
Committee Telephone: 514-872-9998 
Information: Karine Jalbert, Communications Coordinator Telephone: 
514-872-1453 / 514-250-3230  
Nadine Fortin, Communications Coordinator Telephone: 514-868-3053 / 
514-250-7753 #planeMtl @espacepourlavie 
SOURCE: Espace pour la vie 
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