Cité de l’espace in Toulouse celebrates 25th birthday


The Cité de l’espace, a scientific discovery centre located in the French city of Toulouse has celebrated its 25th birthday. Spaceflight is a main emphasis of this scientific discovery centre, which opened its doors to visitors in June 1997.

Mayor of Toulouse Jean-Luc Moudenc stated on social media: ‘’As the European Capital of Space, Toulouse is pleased to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cité de l’Espace, a wonderful space for immersion in space and in the history of the conquest of space.

‘’Our Cité de l’Espace, recognised worldwide, contributes to making Toulouse a leading city in terms of culture and industrial and scientific tourism,’’ the mayor of the French city continued.

La Cité de l’espace is the largest science center in Europe devoted to space and astronomy, according to the International Astronautical Federation, and receives 300 000 visitors annually. Located in the heart of the French city, it has welcomed 5 million visitors since its opening in 1997.

Mayor Moudenc added that Cité de l’espace is crucial in igniting young people’s interest in the space industry, encouraging them to pursue careers in the field, promoting businesses, academic institutions, and research facilities, among other things.

‘’For many years to come, Toulouse will contribute to pushing back new frontiers thanks to all of its players, first and foremost the CNES [The National Centre for Space Studies] and the international space agencies, for new discoveries, in particular to enable a man to walk on the Moon again and for the exploration of Mars,’’ Mayor of Toulouse Jean-Luc Moudenc also stated.

‘’The Cité de l’Espace has many more great days ahead of it! Happy birthday to you!,’’ he concluded. (photo credit: