In Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, there are a number of events around the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Royal Museums Greenwich have opened a major new exhibition for Moon 50 at the National Maritime Museum. Destination Moon is the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to Earth’s celestial neighbour.
Charting the cultural and scientific story of our relationship with the Moon, the exhibition features over 180 objects, including artefacts from NASA’s Apollo 11 mission.
Visitors will see:
- Lunar samples collected from NASA’s Apollo missions and the Soviet Union’s Luna programme
- A Mesopotamian Tablet from 172 BCE, one of the oldest objects on display, showing how lunar eclipses were considered to be bad omens
- The Hasselblad camera equipment that captured some of the most recognisable and iconic space photos of the 20th century
- Hugh Percy Wilkins’ Moon map
- The “Snoopy Cap” Communications Carrier, worn by astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin during Apollo 11
- Artworks from artists including J.M.W. Turner, El Anatsui, Tom Hammick and Larissa Sansour.
To book, see Royal Museums Greenwich website.
While in General Gordon Square in Woolwich, there will be a street party on Friday 19th July from 6pm, with Welcome to the Moon: Street Party and Lunar Market
Opening a week-long celebration with a free night of Moon themed music, circus, star gazing, green installations, poetry and food – plus a once-in-a-lifetime art spectacle!
Also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, local tea and coffee producers Drury have produced a special Moon blend of tea!
For more information on all events, follow #Moon50 on Twitter.
Picture: Royal Museums Greenwich