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18 May 2019 - 09 Jun 2019

A spectacular science event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and explore what the future holds for humanity. Lift up your eyes and experience the Museum of the Moon, a 7 metre diameter lunar replica hovering above the Cathedral's nave. Come and explore the wonders of space through themed activity nights, an interactive 'space' exhibition including space suits and meteorites. Experience the National Space Centre's Star Dome and immerse yourself in talks on space travel, aliens and the future of our planet given by leading experts including the Astronomer Royal and presenters from The Sky at Night.

Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon will be on display in the magnificent nave throughout the Science Festival. Measuring an enormous seven metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.

Museum of the Moon - (c) Luke Jerram

The internally lit replica represents a scale of 1:500,000 each centimetre of the moon's 5km surface. This amazing installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Space Exhibition

Orbiting around the Museum of the Moon will be a constellation of intriguing and inspiring exhibits including a replica of the Space suit worn by Neil Armstrong, an ancient star atlas, astronomical diagrams from the seventeenth century and the first ever printed map of the moon on loan from the Institute of Astronomy. There will be fragments of Meteorites collected from around the world and space food for astronauts. This includes a bacon sandwich made in collaboration with Heston Blumenthal for Tim Peake's trip to the International Space Station, containing the first piece of bread in space since 1965! The quirkiest item in the exhibition has to be a Space toilet- because we are still only human! There will also be exhibits from the Cambridge Science Centre and a stunning lunar-inspired art exhibition by ESERO-space Ambassador, Helen Schell. Helen's large scale pieces will utilise the magnificent setting of the Cathedral to enhance spaces and encourage visitors to explore all the space themed exhibits throughout the exhibition.

Lunar Inspired Art Exhibition

Large scale textile art installations by the artist and ESERO-space Ambassador, Helen Schell will be exhibited in key areas of the Cathedral to invite visitors to engage with science exhibits nearby on a number of moon and space topics. Continuing the textile art theme, local schools will be invited to produce space themed banners to be displayed in the Galilee porch and the two nave aisles. Students will be inspired by ESERO-space Ambassador, Helen Schell, to investigate space materials and moon habitats and to examine the heavens with a Cambridge University astronomer. Around 1700 children took part in the art exhibition and school workshops for the last Science Festival and it is anticipated that a similar number will be involved with the 2019 Festival.

Normal admission fees apply (children under 16 go free), excluding special events.