Museum Happenings

Many Inspired Steps: Salute to Apollo 11 and Lunar Exploration
Opening: July 1, 2019
On July 20 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto the Moon. Celebrate and learn about the early years of lunar exploration fraught with failures as well as exciting discoveries. Join us as we look ahead at the intriguing prospect that humans will return to the Moon and go beyond in the not-too-distant future. From the Rhode Island State Archives a Moon rock collected from the Apollo 17 mission is featured in this exhibit.

The exhibit was made possible with a grant from the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Program and support of the Northeast Planetary Data Center. Special thanks to the Rhode Island State Archives, Rhode Island Department of State;  Michael Lye, Senior Critic and NASA Coordinator at RI School of Design (RISD); and RISD Rover Team 2017–Max Reice, Robert Wang, Ryan Smith, Sung Wha Kang, Adrian Roop, Jason Chang, Lily Douglas, Carmen Schweizer, Clare Jessey, Paul Meuser, Calyton Wiggers, Iman Serag, Clarke Waskowitz.

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ISB Gallery is proud to present {En}Visioning Space, an exhibition that centers on the human fascination with the moon, planets, and outer space.Inspired in part by the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Landing on the moon (July 20, 2019), the wide-ranging display includes early scientific illustrations through to 20th Century popular culture illustrations of space. Impressive NASA spacecraft design models will be on hand along with rare maps of the moon critical to the success of the Apollo program. Interactive displays of vintage viewing apparatus trace the history of looking at celestial bodies, while an installation by Venice Biennale artist China Blue translates contemporary data about Saturn’s rings into a unique multi-media installation. This exhibition is made possible through the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant and Northeast Planetary Data Center at Brown University.