Reaching the Moon: Exhibition Celebration 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing Opens in Warsaw

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, “Reaching the Moon”, an exhibition curated by the History Meeting House, will take you on a visual journey from Earth to the Moon.

The photographs from NASA archives show the entire process that concluded in the landing and the exploration of the Moon.

Apollo 11 travelled for four days, covering almost 400,000 kilometers before the lunar lander Eagle, carrying Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, landed at the Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969. The popular memory of the event contains just a handful of the iconic pictures.  In fact, over a thousand photographs were taken during the Apollo 11 mission.

The curator of the exhibition, Joanna Kinowska, selected 100 photographs from the American space programs Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, portraits of astronauts and images documenting the preparation for space missions. The photographs are accompanied by quotations from astronauts’ statements including the most famous ones about the “one small step”, or “Houston, we have a problem”.

A special soundtrack produced by Jarek Grzesica (Warsaw Electronic Festival) will also accompany the photos.

American Embassy is proud to be a partner of the exhibition and the accompanying educational program.  The American Embassy also arranged the premiere screening of the documentary, Apollo 11, in July, at Kino Kultura and is inviting Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony, a curator from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and author of Apollo to the Moon: A History in Fifty Objects, to Poland in September for a series of talks and discussions about the Apollo mission.