A new exhibition, Apollo 11, will premiere at the Powerhouse Museum to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing. Named after the spaceflight that was the first to land astronauts on the Moon’s surface in 1969, Apollo 11 will open on 29 June 2019.
With over 200 objects, Apollo 11 explores this defining moment in history, its lasting impact on science, society and design, and the crucial role Australia played in transmitting the famous footage. Key objects on display include items from the Museum’s extensive collection and from around the world: a feed horn used on the iconic CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, responsible for receiving some of the first images of the moonwalk for broadcast around the world; parts of the Redstone Rocket that put the first American into space; and an Olivetti Programma 101 computer, the type used by NASA to calculate the launch and landing.
In a new virtual reality experience, developed in partnership with UNSW’s iCinema and using innovative 3D modelling from the Smithsonian Institute, visitors can watch the Moon landing from the unique perspective of Michael Collins, the third astronaut who remained in orbit aboard the Command Module. An interactive arcade game, a life-size replica of the Mercury Capsule, scientific models and video footage also bring the mission to life.
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Chief Executive, Lisa Havilah: “Fifty years after the Moon landing we continue to be fascinated with what’s in our sky. At the Museum we have a strong connection to the history of space travel through our collection and an ongoing focus on astronomy at the Sydney Observatory. The Anniversary is a great moment for us to explore the ongoing impact of this extraordinary moment in history.”
To coincide with the exhibition, Luke Jerram’s iconic installation Museum of the Moon will be presented. The installation, which has toured internationally, combines detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, alongside moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Measuring seven metres in diameter, at an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.
A program of talks and events will also run alongside the exhibition including two exclusive tours at Sydney Observatory (12 and 19 July) where visitors can learn about our place in the Universe; and a panel discussion on the future of the newly-established Australian Space Agency as part of Sydney Science Festival (9 August). A range of activities for all the generations will also take place on the day of the anniversary at the Powerhouse Museum (21 July), as well as throughout the July school holidays (6-21 July).
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