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In Celebration of The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission

In Celebration of The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission


“Museum of the Moon,” an enormous art installation by English artist Luke Jerram, is a highly-detailed 23’ diameter Moon coming to Providence this July as part of a larger series of events and exhibitions presented by the NASA RI Space Consortium in association with WaterFire Providence. The large Moon sculpture will be installed in the main hall of the WaterFire Arts Center at 475 Valley Street.

Space Chat Series:  Legacy of Apollo 

Location: WaterFire Arts Center

475 Valley Street

Providence, RI

July 10, Wednesday 7:30PM

 Jack Mustard (Brown University, Geology):

What will Mars 2020 tell us about the planets?

Professor Mustard will talk about the science questions driving the Mars 2020 rover and sample caching mission, first part of a three-part synchronous dance to return samples from Mars for scientific study.   Where will it go?  How will it get there?  What will we learn?


July 11, Thursday 7:30PM 

Michael Lye (Rhode Island School of Design):  

Designing Space

50 years ago, when astronauts first walked on the moon, NASA designed spacecraft to get them safely to the moon and back - but not much more. Accommodations were so minimal, the Lunar Module even lacked beds of any kind for astronauts to sleep in. In this talk, Michael Lye will discuss the future of human exploration in space, and why new missions will require a different approach to designing spacecraft than was used during the Apollo era.


July 13, Saturday 7:30PM

Geoff Collins (Wheaton College):

To Saturn and Beyond

In the 50 years since Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, humanity has explored out to the outer boundaries of our solar system and found many strange icy worlds beyond Mars.  Worlds like Europa, Titan, Enceladus, and Pluto probably host oceans of liquid water beneath their surfaces.  In the next 50 years, exploration of these worlds will help us to understand if their oceans host the right conditions for life, and perhaps even if one of those oceans is inhabited.


July 14, Sunday, 7:30PM

John Grant (Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, DC):

The missions of Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity Defining the Path for Mars 2020 and Beyond Mars

The missions of Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity provide a framework for understanding the role of water in shaping the surface of Mars and how it relates to past habitability of the Red Planet.  The results from these missions help define the upcoming Mars 2020 and future mission, creating a path for understanding whether there was ever life on Mars.

July 16, Tuesday, 7:30PM

Scott Bolton (Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO):

The New Jupiter as Revealed by Juno


July 18, Thursday, 7:30PM 

Ralph Miliken (Brown University, Geology):

Water on the Moon How did it get there, what does it mean, and can we use it?

The discovery of water in lunar samples returned by the Apollo program, along with satellite measurements, has revolutionized our understanding of the geologic evolution of the Moon. Where is the water? How much is present? How do scientists know it is there? Can humans use it?  This talk will discuss these topics and what lunar water means for continued exploration of the Moon. 

July 21, Sunday, 7:30PM

Ian Dell'Antonio (Brown University, Physics):

Apollo and Space Telescopes

In the years since Apollo, a wide array of space telescopes observing the Universe in all forms of light have transformed our understanding of the Universe.
I'll review some of the most amazing results we have obtained with these telescopes, and discuss how the Apollo program directly led to the development of our "eyes above the sky

Friday, July 22, 7:30PM

Alex Evans ( Brown Univesrity, Geology):

Legacy of Apollo: Exploring the Dark Side of the Moon with the NASA GRAIL

Adjacent galleries will feature NASA photographs, NASA-related works by John Sabraw, Jeremy Schilling, and a graphic presentation about citizen environmental responses created by Liveable RI. 

July 20, 2019, marks the 50th-anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Mission landing with mankind’s first steps on the moon. Celebrate the ongoing scientific exploration of the moon and our solar system by visiting the “Museum of the Moon”, an enormous art installation by U.K. artist Luke Jerram which will land in Providence, RI this July as part of a larger series of events and exhibitions presented by the NASA RI Space Consortium in association with WaterFire Providence. Measuring 23 feet, this replica of the Moon will be suspended within the huge industrial hall of the WaterFire Arts Center. The internally lit spherical sculpture is created with detailed NASA images of the lunar surface from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that you can explore up close. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimeter represents 5 kilometers of the moon’s surface.

Over its lifetime, the “Museum of the Moon” installations (there are currently 10 moons on tour!) will travel to 25 countries and be presented in a number of different ways; in cathedrals, on city streets, and hanging above pools. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories, and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science. #MuseumoftheMoon |