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A New Moon Rises - August 31-December 1, 2019

See 51 dramatic, large-scale landscape images of the Moon’s surface captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) between 2009 and 2015. These breathtaking images feature the Apollo landing sites, majestic mountains rising out of the darkness, the lunar poles and more. 

The dozens of enormous prints presented in this exhibition reveal a celestial neighbor that is surprisingly dynamic, full of grandeur and wonder, with impact craters, recent volcanic activity and a crust fractured by the shrinking of a still-cooling interior. The unique views of the lunar surface not only help answer questions about the moon’s formation and evolution but reveal stunning landforms both alien and familiar. 

Visitors can also see 3-D models of the Moon's surface, rocks gathered by the first humans on the Moon (Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong), and retro “futuristic” objects from the Historical Society’s collections that show what mid-century Americans thought life would be like in a post-lunar-landing world. 

Exploring this exhibit is the next best thing to being an astronaut!

Image: Courtesy NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University. Rugged Lunar Highs and Lows. This large cliff, part of the wall of Antoniadi crater, rises 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Some lunar mountains rise more than twice that height above the local terrain. The bottom of the small bowl-shaped crater tucked behind peaks in the center is the Moon's lowest point. It lies more than 9 kilometers (6 miles) below the lunar mean radius (comparable to sea level on Earth).