Get up close and personal with a giant installation of the moon at the Apollo 11 exhibition

Cool Sh*t, Play / April 17, 2019

Measuring 7 metres in diameter, there’s no need for binoculars. See the moon in all its glory as part of the Apollo 11 exhibition.

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, a new exhibition, Apollo 11, is set to premiere at the beloved Powerhouse Museum. 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 to explore, the latest showcase explores this defining moment in history, its lasting impact on science, society and design, and the role Australia played in transmitting the famous footage.

This is your chance to get up close and personal with key objects on display, including items from the Museum’s extensive collection and from around the world. Think a a feed horn used on the iconic Parkes Radio Telescope, responsible for receiving the first images of the moonwalk for broadcast around the world.

You can also lay witness to parts of the Redstone Rocket that put the first American into space, plus check out the Olivetti Programma 101 computer which was used by NASA to calculate the launch and landing.

As part of a new virtual reality experience, developed in partnership with UNSW’s iCinema, punters can also watch the Moon landing from the perspective of Michael Collins, the third astronaut who remained in orbit aboard the Command Module.

Not only that, but an interactive arcade game, a life-size replica of the Mercury Capsule, scientific models and video footage are also bringing the mission to life.

To coincide with the exhibition, Luke Jerram’s iconic installation Museum of the Moon will be on display. The installation, which has toured internationally, combines NASA imagery of the lunar surface, alongside moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Measuring an impressive 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 (12th and 19th 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).

For more information, you can check out the Powerhouse Museum website here.

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