Media preview of Apollo: When We Went to the Moon exhibit set for Friday

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The U.S. Space & Rocket Center will hold a media preview of the world premiere of the exhibit, Apollo: When We Went to the Moon, Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. The Rocket Center education and curatorial staff worked with Flying Fish, an Australian-based exhibit company, to develop the exhibit that chronicles space exploration from the contentious days of the Space Race to the collaborative culture of the International Space Station program and beyond.

“Apollo: When We Went to the Moon explores how the technological achievement of Apollo 11 transformed our understanding of humanity’s potential on Earth and in space,” Dr. Kay Taylor, the Rocket Center’s Director of Education, said. “The exhibit takes the guest from the turbulent era of the Cold War Space Race to the first footprints on the moon and reveals how that achievement shaped – and continues to shape – manned space exploration. At heart, this exhibit reflects how the scientific discovery of space exploration is a unifying drive that can bring nations and people together.”

After its Huntsville debut, the exhibit is scheduled to travel to the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, Space Center Houston and other locations.

“We’re extremely excited for Rocket Center visitors to experience the world premiere of Apollo: When We Went to the Moon before it begins its national tour. Our second project with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, this state-of-the-art exhibition was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to work on. Together, we’ve accessed the depths of the Rocket Center’s archives and collections to create a spectacular exhibition. Visitors will not want to miss this one, especially on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing,” says Jay Brown, Principal & Managing Director of Flying Fish Exhibits, the exhibition’s co-producer.

Apollo: When We Went to the Moon opens to the public Saturday, Feb. 16, and is included with admission or museum membership.

Media contact: Pat Ammons, pat.ammons@spacecamp.com; 256-721-5429; 256-655-4222

 

About U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics, Aviation Challenge® and U.S. Cyber Camp as well as the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal.

To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, go to www.rocketcenter.com.

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About Flying Fish Exhibits

Flying Fish Exhibits, a world-renowned producer of touring museum and science center exhibitions, was founded in 2013 by Jay Brown of Melbourne, Australia. The company has since grown to include a U.S. location. Today, Flying Fish works with many of the world’s preeminent institutions to effectively facilitate the production and exchange of exhibitions from museum to museum across borders and overseas. Flying Fish Exhibits brings ideas, collections and exhibitions to life through conceptualizing, designing, fabricating, and traveling exhibitions throughout the world. Known for their strong partnerships with museums and science centers, their extensive networks and capabilities have landed Flying Fish’s team and its exhibitions in hundreds of cities across six continents. Focused on some of the world’s most important history and engaging topics including STEM learning experiences, Flying Fish has made exhibition tours possible: from Tyrannosaurus Rex and NASA’s moon-landing to Stradivarius instruments. Their finished products have made an impact on millions of lives the world-over – bringing awe, inspiration and education to some of the largest and smallest markets on the map.  You can learn more on Flying Fish Exhibits at www.flyingfishexhibits.com.

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