Telus World of Science Edmonton goes back to the moon in new Apollo exhibit


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The Telus World of Science Edmonton is inviting visitors to go back in time to when humans first walked on the moon.

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The new exhibit, Apollo: When We Went to the Moonopens on June 10, recreating the experience of the engineers and astronauts but also the cultural experience of the space race.

“It’s telling the story through that human lens, through that historical lens, because of the conditions that all created this energy. That is the social context in which the science of getting to the moon happened,” said Monica Roberts, director of science experiences at Telus World of Science Edmonton (TWOSE).

This year is the 50th anniversary of the last missions to the moon, Apollo 16 and 17. Visitors to the exhibit can join an immersive launch experience, walk on a lunar surface, touch a part of the moon, see scaled models of the Apollo command module and experience a lunar rover, among other activities.

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“There’s a whole generation of worldwide citizens who collectively experienced this scientific moment and it shook their world. … There’s lots of interesting touchstones for all of those stories in there,” said Roberts.

The event also coincides with the scheduled June launch of NASA’s Artemis programwhich is considered the first step in returning to the moon.

Having an exhibit about the last missions to the moon in the same month as Artemis is like saying to the next generation of dreamers, “Let’s look to the moon, let’s do it again,’” Roberts said.

On top of that, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is expected at the launch of the exhibit as a special guest. He’ll talk about being in space as well as Canada’s role in the return to the moon.

“We really think this is going to be an amazing summer exhibit for us. … Apollo and Artemis were twins in mythology so it’s a beautiful way to twin this experience,” said Roberts.

Tickets are available now at www.twose.ca for the exhibition, which runs from June 10 to Sept. 25.

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One of the displays from the Apollo: When We Went to the Moon exhibit coming to the Telus World of Science Edmonton on June 10, 2022.
One of the displays from the Apollo: When We Went to the Moon exhibit coming to the Telus World of Science Edmonton on June 10, 2022.


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