The Moon is coming to the Powerhouse Museum

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Luke Jerram’s iconic installation Museum of the Moon as seen at The Natural History Museum, photo credit https://my-moon.org

Amazing to think that the first astronauts landed on the moon nearly 50 years ago.

To commemorate this occasion the Powerhouse Museum is bringing us a pretty exciting exhibition.

Titled Apollo 11 the exhibition is named after the spaceflight that performed this momentous feat on July 20 1969.

I will confess that I wasn’t alive when the Apollo 11 landed. I can only imagine how excited everyone was and how the world truly came to a standstill. The occasion was watched by more than 650 million people on TV. I’m sure that many people will vividly remember when they heard Armstrong describe this amazing event and watched those fascinating first images.

About that giant moon

Powerhouse Museum The Moon Museum

The Museum of the Moon is pretty impressive

I don’t know about you but I am pumped to see this giant moon. The moon is titled the Museum of the Moon and is an installation by artist Luke Jerram.

This famous moon travels the world making people happy and at a whopping 7 metres in diameter it is quite impressive. Each centimetre of the sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

Intriguingly the sculpture is lit from within.

The moon has been constructed to actually look like the lunar surface. Combine this crazy surface with some moonlight and an award winning sound track and we are in for a treat.

What else will you see?

Powerhouse Museum Parkes

This image shows the Parkes telescope. Researchers used the telescope to detect the first population of radio bursts known to originate from beyond our galaxy.

The exhibition obviously focuses on this famous moon landing.  It will also detail the role that Australia played in helping transmit the famous moon landing footage.

Along with the giant moon you will be able to view more than 200 lunar objects including:

  • The feed horn (which is an object that collects radio waves) that was used on the iconic CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope
  • Parts of the Redstone Rocket that put the first American into Space
  • An Olivetti Programma 101 computer, the type used by NASA to calculate the launch and landing.

Virtual reality experience

Using 3D modelling from the Smithsonian Institute, you will be able to see the Moon landing from the perspective of Michael Collins. Collins was 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 will also bring this famous mission to life.

But wait there’s more

The Apollo 11 exhibition is free with the standard Powerhouse Museum ticket so visitors can enjoy all the Powerhouse Museum has to offer.

All the details

Apollo 11
Date: Opens 29 June 2019
Website: maas.museum/event/apollo-11/
Address: 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Tickets: $15.00 adults, $8.00 concession, kids under 16 are free

Getting there

The Powerhouse Museum is located at 500 Harris Street, Ultimo. It is close to Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Central Station (Sydney Terminal), Broadway bus station (Railway Square), and Exhibition Centre Sydney Light Rail Station.

The Goods Line provides an accessible pedestrian route from Central Station, past the iconic Dr Chau Chak Wing Building designed by Frank Gehry. The Goods Line is a 500m walk along flat terrain starting from the Devonshire Street Tunnel at Central Station’s Southern Concourse. For additional information including pictures, view this walking guide.

The 501 bus stops directly outside the Museum.

For bus, train or ferry timetables and routes either phone the Transport Information Line on 131500 or go to the website.

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