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Apollo 11 Exhibition with Museum of the Moon

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Channel your inner astronaut
Back in January, as part of Sydney Festival, we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with installations across the city but it's not time to forget this momentous occasion from 1969 just yet.

The Powerhouse Museum is bringing us a new Apollo 11 exhibition that showcases 200 objects for you to explore that defining moment in history, as well as its lasting impact on science and society and Australia's role in transmitting the famous footage via the Parkes radio telescope.

Some of the objects on display from the Museum's extensive world collection include the Olivetti Programma 101 computer used by NASA to calculate the launch and landing, a life-size replica of the Mercury Capsule, a feed horn from the telescope and parts of the Redstone Rocket that put the first American into space.

You can also watch the moon landing in a new virtual reality experience developed in partnership with UNSW's iCinema. Using innovative 3D modelling from the Smithsonian Institute, it puts you in the unique perspective of Michael Collins (the third astronaut who remained in orbit aboard the Command Module).

Video footage and an interactive arcade game also bring the mission to life. But that's not all. Coinciding with the exhibition is Museum of the Moon, a giant sculpture suspended in mid-air allowing you to get up close to see all the glory of this astronomical body that orbits Earth. The intricate replica of the moon is an iconic installation, created by Luke Jerram, which has toured the world. Combining NASA imagery of the lunar surface, alongside moonlight and surround-sound composition, it is a massive 7metres in diameter with each centimetre of the internally lit sphere representing 5kms of the moon's surface. You'll be able to see every little detail, from craters to moon shadows.

A program of events and talks will run parallel to the exhibition, including two exclusive tours at Sydney Observatory on 12th & 19th July where visitors can learn about our place in the universe, panel discussions on the newly-established Australian Space Agency and a special day of activities on the landing anniversary on 21st July.

Opening on 29th June, this galaxy of wonder is included in the Museum's general admission price where tickets are $15 per adult, $8 concession and free for members and children (16yrs & under). Simply choose a date and attend any time on that date between the Museum's opening hours of 10am-5pm. Booking online gives you priority entry.

Most Sydneysiders will know how to get to the museum but, for out-of-towners, here's some options –

Walk the Goods Line (an accessible pedestrian route) from Central train station's Southern Concourse and the Devonshire Street tunnel past the iconic and very weird looking Dr Chau Chak Wing building, designed by Frank Gehry (it's worth a photo itself), to the museum
Take the light rail from Central train station to the Exhibition Centre stop and follow the signs
Hop on the 501 bus that stops directly outside the museum
Drive in and utilise limited metered parking on Harris St, Macarthur St and adjacent streets

Enjoy your visit to the Museum with food and beverages before or after the exhibition from either the Junction Cafe on level 1 or the MAAS cafe on level 3, alive with flavour and choice as you revel in the exhibition and Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind.
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Why? For history's intrigue
When: 10am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
Phone: 02 9217 0111
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
Cost: Adult $15, Concession $8, Members & children 16yrs & under free
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