The Moon Exhibition Catalogue

The Moon Exhibition Catalogue

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Pre-order. This book is published 27th June 2019, so orders will be sent after this date.

Our official publication of the Royal Museums Greenwich’s major exhibition The Moon, marking the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s ‘one small step’, with the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Opens 19th July 2019.

This beautiful book explores people’s fascination with our only natural satellite. Immerse yourself in contemporary essays and fascinating images wrapped in a sleek design.

Edited by the exhibition’s curators, Melanie Vandenbrouck, Megan Barford, Louise Devoy and Richard Dunn, this book illuminates how art and science meet in our profound connection with the Moon. It features authors from a variety of disciplines, including cultural historians, curators, a scientist, a poet and a space law expert among others.

Divided into four sections, the first, A Constant Companion, explores why we started to observe the Moon. Through the Lens reveals advancements in technology for observing details not visible with a naked eye. 50 years after man set foot on the moon, Destination Moon explores how the moon was represented before humankind’s first landing. The final section For All Mankind? reflects on how our relationship with our closest cosmic companion continues to evolve.

Illustrated with 250 colour and black and white photographs this book is a treasure trove for all amateur and professional Moon watchers.

Our fascination with the Moon is intimately bound up in the development of human culture and civilisation. By studying and exploring the Moon we have come to understand more about our aspirations, our dreams, and ourselves. These ideas are crystallised in the following quotes, which themselves encapsulate the impact of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and the broader influence of the Moon on human science and culture:

“from the moment the first flint was flaked this landing was merely a matter of time” – ‘Moon Landing’, W. H. Auden

“We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.” – William Anders, NASA Astronaut, Apollo 8


• Introduction by Kevin Fewster, Director of Royal Museums Greenwich.

• A Constant Companion

• Through the Lens

• Destination Moon

• For all Mankind?

• Epilogue


256 pages

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