View of Earth from the Moon
Image: NASA

Apollo 11

Presented by Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

With over 200 objects,  Apollo 11 commemorates 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,  the exhibition 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 moon walk for broadcasting around the world; parts of the Redstone Rocket Project that put the first American into space; and an Olivetti Program 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 abroad 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.

To coincide with the exhibition, MAAS also presents Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon installation, which has toured internationally. The installation combines detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, alongside moonlight and surround sound compositions 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.