PROVIDENCE — The Apollo 11 capsule replica built by the students of the Warwick Area Career Technical Center had another voyage left after Saturday’s Moon landing parade, this time to Providence’s Waterfire Arts Center, displayed below a model of the mission’s destination.
Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin journeyed within the orbit of the Moon 50 years ago, landing the latter two members of the team on its grainy, gray surface. The event has been the subject of numerous news articles, movies, and documentaries, several of them created to celebrate the anniversary. At the Waterfire Arts Center, it has inspired the series: “To the Moon and Beyond: Celebrating the 50th-Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with Art, Science, and Exploration.”
The series boasts, “The Museum of the Moon,” a a highly-detailed 23’ diameter Moon replica hanging from the ceiling of the cavernous Arts Center exhibit space. In all, there are 10 “Museum of the Moon” installations, which will travel to 25 countries this year. At the moment, there are two in the United States: In Draper, Boston through October and here, in Rhode Island at the 475 Valley St., Providence exhibit space through July 28.
The 7-meter diameter model displays about 5 kilometers for every centimeter of its interior-lit surface, which glows like the original, shining like an enormous lantern from within the picture window facade of the center.
“As a child I always wanted a telescope so I could study the Moon and the night’s sky. Now with my own Moon, I can fly there, study every detail and share this experience with the public. We can explore the far side of the Moon which is never visible from Earth,” said Luke Jerram, the artist who created the replica.
“I had the idea to create the Museum of the Moon some 15 years ago, but it was only until very recently that the data for creating the Moon imagery was made available by NASA.”
Open Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm; Thursdays until 10:00 pm.
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public.