Instruments of Knowledge: Celebrating the First Moon Landing

Homeward Bound, 1994. Collected in Painting Apollo: First Artist on Another World by Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon. 

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July 18th, 2019 through October 6th, 2019
Hatcher Graduate Library, Lobby
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Fifty years ago, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Celebrate the anniversary and take a look at what's happened since with materials from library collections. The exhibit features spaceloft blanket insulation from the AAEL Materials Collection, an artists' book by astronaut Alan Bean, and photos, books, and news excerpts from the landing and beyond. Plus, learn about the University in space with information about the Gemini 4 and Apollo 15 crews, who were U-M alumni.

The Apollo program touched on all areas of American life. In their exhibition, the North Campus librarians celebrate not only the technical achievement of the program through engineering and science, but also its impact on the arts.

"We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding." - President John F. Kennedy speaking at Rice University on September 12, 1962. 

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Jamie Marie Niehof
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