Journey to the Moon: How Glass Got Us There

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Touch The Moon

We’ve done our best to bring the moon to you. A rare and glassy piece of meteorite from the moon is on display and you can touch it to better understand its glassy surface

June 29, 2019 – April 30, 2020
Innovation Center

When you think about the lunar landing, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t glass. But 50 years ago, the humble material of glass played an integral role in making an epic journey to the moon possible.

A highlight of Journey to the Moon: How Glass Got Us There is a lunar meteorite with glassy components that visitors can touch. Key objects and artifacts examine the role of glass in making the mission possible, including fiberglass—used in the protective outer layer of spacesuits worn by astronauts, and as insulation for the spacecrafts—and a Gemini window, designed by Corning, Inc. for the space shuttle windshield. Made of fused silica, this glass is able to withstand the heat of reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. A moonwalk montage provides visuals of the lunar landing, revealing how glass on our TV screens gave everyone on Earth a first glimpse at the moon, and that glass in our TVs and devices still provides us a window through which to view important moments today.

Plan Your Visit to the Moon

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Watch the Moon Landing

On July 20, 1969 the world experienced the lunar landing. The Museum will show live footage from that historic day alongside of its lunar landing display so that you can experience the moment as if it was unfolding in 1969.

An adult holding a smart phone takes a selfie next to a cut-out of an astronaut on the moon. An American flag is displayed in the background.

Selfie Spots!

Get the ultimate space selfie with our life-sized astronaut to share with your friends!