University of Arizona


Explore the science, history and culture of the Moon and how we view it. Learn about the early art of mapping the moon from sketches to photography, see early books by Copernicus and Galileo and explore moon themes in sci-fi books and poetry. 

This exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 2019 and draws from a new acquisition of papers from Ewen Whitaker, Associate Research Scientist at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) and expert on the surface and physical features of the moon. The Whitaker collection features extensive maps, photographs, books, correspondence and other academic works related to lunar studies. The exhibit also features items on loan from the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, the Museum of Optics at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences and the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive (LGIRA).

The exhibit is curated by Molly Stothert-Maurer, Special Collections Processing Archivist and Christopher Cokinos, Associate Professor of English with assistance from Tim Swindle, Director of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Mary Guerrieri, Manager, Academic Affairs at LPL and Maria Schuchardt, Program Coordinator of the Space Imagery Center.