Canberra Moon Week events

12 June 2019

As part of Canberra Moon Week, ANU, in partnership with the ACT Government is hosting a five-day program of events and activities to celebrate the first moon landing.

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EVENTS INCLUDE:

Medical Moonshots: Surviving and Thriving in Space (Tue 11 Jun 2019, 5.30–7pm)

In this presentation, Dr Emma Tucker will discuss some of the more significant medical conditions encountered by astronauts with an emphasis on the normal pressure, "zero" gravity environment of the International Space Station and the more dramatic, and generally fatal consequences to the human body in a rapid decompression scenario. 

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Exhibition: Promised the Moon (Thurs 20 June - Fri 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. 

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Promised the Moon: Lift Off & Panel Discussion (Thurs 27 June 2019, 6–7.30pm)

Join us for an engaging panel discussion on the significance of Canberra's unique space heritage, and a how this history has inspired the artists in the exhibition, Promised the Moon.

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Art exhibition: Long way around (Wed 17 Jul – Sun 28 Jul 2019)

'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.

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Mount Stromlo Astronomy Night (Weds 17 July, 7-9pm)

Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae up at Mount Stromlo Observatory. 

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Space Bus Tour (Thurs 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.

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Space School (Thurs 18, Fri 19 & Sat 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?

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Space Rocks: Moon, Mars, and Beyond (Thurs 18, Fri 19 & Sat 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.

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Community film screening: Wall-E (Thurs 18 Jul 2019, 2–3.45pm)

The Moon Week Film Festival blasts off with Pixar's Oscar-winning 2008 animated masterpiece! In the distant future, a waste-collecting robot named WALL-E spends his days tidying up the abandoned planet, believing he's the last robot on Earth.

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Promised the Moon: Curator in Conversation (Thurs 18 Jul 2019, 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.

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Presentation: The NASA Communications Switching Centre (Fri 19 July, 9.30-10.30am)

The NASA Communications Switching Centre was established at 107 Kent St Deakin in the second half of 1965. It was the central point for control of all communications between Australia and NASA centres, including Houston, for the Apollo program. The building is now known as the Deakin Telephone Exchange, and as part of the of the Apollo 11 Anniversary celebrations a plaque will be unveiled commemorating 107 Kent Street's role in Manned Space exploration. Q&A session at conclusion of the presentations.

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(Blue)print the Moon: PhotoAccess workshops (Fri 19 & Sat 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.

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Andy Thomas’ Space Academy (Fri 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!

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Extraterrestrial Seismology: Listening to the Pulse of the Moon and Mars (Fri 19 & Sat 20 July, 1-2pm)

In the frame of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, we will train our ears, and eyes, to recognize the Earth, Moon and Mars from their pulses. Listening to the pulse of these planets is a path towards understanding the formation and evolution of the inner solar system.

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Community film screening: Zathura (Fri 19 July, 2-4pm)

Two young brothers play a mysterious board game they find in the basement of their house and find themselves magically teleported into outer space. There, they encounter a stranded astronaut who attempts to help them return home. This 2005 sci-fi adventure is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and features actors Josh Hutcherson and Kristen Stewart in early starring roles.

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Public lecture: Space Technology (Fri 19 July, 2.30-3.30pm)

50 years ago, humans first set foot on the Moon.  What will we be celebrating in the next 50 years?  And what do we need to build and invent to get there?  Hear from leading scientists at NASA and Australia to see what is being developed to lead to the next big space achievements. 

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Artist talks: Long way around (Fri 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.

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Community film screening: First Man (Fri 19 July, 5-7.30pm)

Ryan Gosling stars as astronaut Neil Armstrong in director Damien Chazelle's (La La Land) acclaimed, award-winning 2018 biographical drama. The film follows Armstrong and the trials and tribulations he endured in the years leading up to the legendary Apollo 11 mission, which saw him become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

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Fireside chat with Wally Bell (Fri 19 and Sat 20 July, 5.30-6.30pm)

Join Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell beside the fire-pit and listen to him share stories and enlighten people about Indigenous history.

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Indigenous Stargazing (Fri 19 July, 6.30-8pm)

Did you know that Aboriginal peoples are considered the world's first astronomers? Come along and hear our Indigenous astronomer, Pete Swanton, chat about Australia's rich and extensive history of stargazing and how it differs from Western methods that we often use today. You'll even have the chance to look through our telescopes and see some of these objects.

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Space in the Pub: One Giant Leap (Fri 19 July, 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. You'll then get the chance to test your knowledge against these experts in space-themed trivia with great prizes like a stargazing experience, Badger & Co meal vouchers and space merchandise. 

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Community film screening: Apollo 11 (Fri 19 July, 8.15-10pm, Sat 20 July 2.15-4.15pm)

Head back in time to the year 1969 with this Canberra premiere screening of this critically acclaimed 2019 documentary chronicling the Apollo 11 mission. Thrillingly told using never-before-seen archival footage and audio recordings, this film takes you straight into the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission, the first to land humans on the Moon.

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Space Pop-Up talk #1: Space storytelling (Sat 20 July, 1-1.30pm)

Join artists and storytellers from NASA and ANU to learn how we turn scientific space discoveries into stories the public can understand and enjoy.

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Space Pop-Up talk #2: Moon Geology (Sat 20 July, 1.45-2.15pm)

Join artists and storytellers from NASA and ANU to learn how we turn scientific space discoveries into stories the public can understand and enjoy.

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Space Pop-Up talk #3: Space Health (Sat 20 July, 2.30-3pm)

Join a panel of Australia's leading experts on space health for an interactive talk about the physical and mental health issues astronauts have encountered and what it means for future space explorers!

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Space Pop-Up talk #4: Space Technology (Sat 20 July, 3.15-3.45pm)

How will humans get back to the Moon by 2024? What technology will be needed to get there? Join Professor Christine Charles (ANU) and Chris Culbert (NASA) as they talk about the technology needed to see humans' return to the Moon.

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Space Pop-Up talk #5: Space law (Sat 20 July, 4-4.30pm)

Space piracy is a real worry of the future.  The law and regulation of space is a difficult one. Hear from representatives from the Australian Space Agency and private space companies about the issues of future space exploration and travel.

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Community film screening: The Dish (Sat 20 July, 5-7pm)

Sam Neill stars in this 2000 comedy-drama that takes a semi-fictionalised look at the days before the Apollo 11 space mission in 1969, as a team of Australian technicians work alongside NASA to transmit live images of the moon landing around the world. Based on events that took places at the Parkes Observatory and the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station near Canberra.

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Public lecture: the Astronomy and Navigation of Aboriginal Australians (Sat 20 July, 6.30-7.30pm)

Professor Ray Norris will share the rich astronomical traditions Indigenous Australians have used for thousands of years to construct calendars, songlines, and other navigational tools, enabling them to navigate across the country, trading artefacts and sacred stories.

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Community film screening: The Martian (Sat 20 July, 7.45-10.15pm)

Finish off the Moon Week Film Festival with the box office hit The Martian, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut who must struggle to survive on Mars after being left behind by his crew. ANU Professor Penny King and NASA research scientist Dr Abigail Fraeman will introduce the movie and chat about their own experiences with Mars.

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