Moon by Luke Jerram is a gigantic, spherical sculpture that will cover much of Glassell Hall’s spacious ceiling and hang just above visitors’ heads as they enter the permanent exhibit halls. Measuring an astounding 23 feet in diameter, Moon features detailed imagery of the lunar surface taken by NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Lunar craters, such as Tycho, the Apollo landing sites, and even the elusive “far side of the moon” are displayed in stunning resolution on this unique sculpture.
At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each inch of the internally lit sculpture represents 42 feet of the moon’s surface. The effect is a larger than life moon, hanging in space, just out of reach. Altogether, the Moon fuses lunar imagery, moonlight, and a surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
Additionally, surrounding the Moon visitors can actually touch stones of real meteorites, ejected from the moon by an impact. Below the moon, visitors can wear special goggles that immerse the viewer in a journey to the moon, including scenes of Apollo, a fly over of the International Space Station, and a futuristic lunar colony – looking in all directions as the action continues.
Moon (also named the Museum of the Moon) has toured all around the world from Dubai, to Beijing, Brussels, Melbourne, Mumbai and London. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is its first stop ever in the southern U.S.
Moon by Luke Jerram will be included with regular admission to the permanent exhibit halls.
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