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Students, faculty, staff, and the public are now welcome to visit Special Collections without an appointment from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Special Collections will close at 12 pm on Monday, December 5th for the event Satellites: bringing an astronomy archive to the stage.


Exhibit hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm

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 and opening event commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 1969 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, University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive (LGIRA).

The exhibit is curated by Molly Stothert-Maurer, Special Collections Archivist and History of Science Curator, 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.


Temporary fencing has gone up around Special Collections and the Libraries, but we’re still open regular hours. Learn more about the Student Success District renovations.


Fifty years ago, American astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first step onto the surface of the Moon. It was a moment that forever changed our understanding of who we are, where we are, and what we can achieve. It was also the beginning of a golden age of planetary science. The University of Arizona has been there every step of the way, from the Moon landing to the exploration of all the planets in our solar system.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing during July at the UA’s moonfest, a collection of special events and exhibits on campus and throughout our community.

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