Mission: SPACE Mars Sculpture Refurbishment Continues a Year After it Began

Toni Ferrigno

Mission: SPACE building featuring a large, Mars structure with a multicolor pattern and a smaller sphere in front of it, resembling planets in a space-themed design. People are visible at the bottom left.

Mission: SPACE Mars Sculpture Refurbishment Continues a Year After it Began

The Mars sculpture outside of Mission: SPACE at EPCOT is still undergoing a refurbishment to combat discoloration.

Mission: Space large Mars and planet sculptures near the entrance. Visitors can be seen walking around and taking photos. A sign reads "Space 220 Restaurant" and trash bins are nearby.

The Mars structure, which houses the entrance area for the Green and Orange teams for Mission: SPACE currently has a row of nine black panels that will either be replaced or restored back to their red-orange color.

A building featuring a large, spherical structure with a multicolor pattern and a smaller sphere in front of it, resembling planets in a space-themed design. People are visible at the bottom left.

At a closer look, it is clear the left side of the planet has had its panels refurbished, while the top right still awaits an update. We first noted the wear to the red planet a year ago, with large sections going gray under the intense Florida sun. The structure was blocked off in late May of 2023, as refurbishment on the Mission: Space exterior began.

Photo of the exterior of Space 220 Restaurant, showcasing a sign with the restaurant's name along with a roped-off area in front. A person wearing white pants is walking on the left side of the image.

Elsewhere, in front of the Space 2020 Restaurant sign, another planetary mosaic has been added to the pavement.

A planet mosaic of blue, yellow, and white tiles embedded in a concrete surface. Surrounding the circle are scattered blue and white flecks on the concrete.

This planet is blue and yellow with some touches of white and gray pieces. It joins a number of galactic mosaics that have been added to Planetary Plaza since the refurbishment began.

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