One of the most pivotal moments in modern human history occurred in 1969 when humankind took its collective first steps on the moon. Our moon has been a key part of the human imagination for as long as mankind has been recording history, and reaching our planet’s natural satellite signalled the start of a new era in human history. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting “Moon,” a new exhibition which lets museum visitors get up close and personal with the moon like few ever have.
“Moon” is the creation of UK artist Luke Jerram who used incredibly high-resolution photographs of the moon’s surface to recreate every detail in crystal clear precision. “Moon” consists of a 23-feet diameter spherical sculpture that contains internal projectors. These projectors project HD photographs of the moon’s surface onto the surface of the sculpture, creating a three-dimensional recreation of the moon that has to be seen to be believed.
The precision of the projections in “Moon” are so vivid that visitors can see the Apollo landing sites, the famous Tycho crater, and even the features on the mysterious “dark side” of the moon. “Moon” is included with regular admission and is located in the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Hall.
In addition to this stunning 3D recreation of the moon, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is also hosting Destination: Moon, an immersive virtual reality experience which allows visitors the chance to land on the moon, circle the International Space Station, board the Lunar Gateway orbital platform, and even visit a future colony on the moon’s South Pole. Destination Moon is an add-on experience and costs just $5 on top of regular admission.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is open Monday–Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, with free admission to regular exhibitions on Thursdays from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission starts at $25 for adults and $16 for children 3-11, with free admission for members and discounted admission available for students, seniors, military members, and groups. See the museum’s official website for more details.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located at 5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston,Texas 77030. For more information call (713) 639-4629.