Canberra Moon Week: Exhibitions, tours and space school


Enjoy a series of exhibition, tours and space school workshops to get a hands on experience of the Moon to celebrate Canberra Moon Week.

Exhibition: Promised the Moon
Thursday 20 June - Friday 27 July

Fifty years after Apollo 11, artists reflect on the first Moon landing and the Canberra region's role in this unique mission by celebrating with the Promised the Moon exhibition. 

Art Exhibition: Long way around
Wednesday 17 July - Sunday 28 July

'Long Way Around' is an exhibition of artwork by ANU School of Art & Design Printmedia and Drawing students made in response to visual, sensory, and conceptual elements of Mt Stromlo Observatory.

Space Bus Tour
Thursday 18 July, 9.30am-4.30pm

Take a guided tour around Canberra's space and Moon sites. Guests will be able to see, touch, and even walk on the Moon. Stops will include Mt Stromlo Observatory, NASA's Tidbinbilla Tracking Station, the old Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, and Geoscience Australia.

Space School
Thursday 18 July, 12-2pm
Friday 19 July, 11am-1pm 
Saturday 20 July, 12-2pm

Through a range of activities, demonstrations, and play, students will explore our solar system and beyond alongside experts in the field from Australia and around the world. We will design and test rockets, do some explosions, simulate asteroid impacts, build a Mars base, try on spacesuits, and ask - what does it take to get to space? What is it like to be up there? And how can we learn more about space, when it's so far away?

Space Rocks: Moon, Mars and Beyond
Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July, 1-4pm

See and touch fragments of other worlds. This temporary exhibit will display meteorites from as close to home as the Moon, to as far as the Asteroid Belt and beyond. You'll have a chance to see the building blocks of the first planets, learn how our Moon was formed, see how Mars may have once hosted life, and why Earth is unique in this star system. You can also hear the inner workings of other worlds with recordings of earth, moon and marsquakes.

There will be 30 minute sessions between 1-4pm.You can register for Space Rocks: Moon, Mars and Beyond on Thursday 18 JulyFriday 19 July or Saturday 20 July.

Promised the Moon: Curator in Conversation
Thursday 18 July, 2-3pm

Join the curator, Dr Ursula Fredrick in the Main Gallery of the ANU School of Art & Design to hear more about the works in the exhibition Promised the Moon and the importance of the artists in communicating and commemorating the ACT's unique space heritage.

(Blue)print the Moon: PhotoAccess workshops
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July, 12-3pm

In this all-ages, hands-on workshop led by PhotoAccess artist Robert Agostino, explore how blueprints enabled our voyages to the Moon. Learn how to make blueprints, hear the history of this technique, create a map of the Moon and join a team to produce a life-sized copy of the blueprint for the Apollo 11 lander.

Andy Thomas' Space Academy
Friday 19 July, 1-2pm

Have you ever thought about becoming an astronaut? How do you do it? What is it like? Join Australian Astronaut Dr Andy Thomas to hear and see his experiences about being an astronaut and learn how you can become one as well!

Artist talks: Long way around
Friday 19 July, 4.30-5.30pm

Students from ANU School of Art & Design discuss their work in the exhibition 'Long Way Around'. The students will speak about the processes and ideas behind their works made in response to Mt Stromlo Observatory.

Space in the Pub: One Giant Leap
Fri 19 Jul 2019, 8-10.30pm

Enjoy a beverage at Badger and Co as we take-off with a free Q&A event moderated by ABC Radio Canberra's Lish Fejer and a panel of experts who will share their views on the future of space exploration and the global space industry. This is your chance to hear from a Nobel Laureate, local politician and NASA specialists - all with a keen interest in space.

View full program for Canberra Moon Week here

Presented in partnership with ACT Government. 

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