The first man landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong’s legendary words, “One step for man, one leap for mankind,” have reverberated ever since. With recent developments in technology, such as the Mars rover, and movies like Interstellar centering around space travel, the fascination for space exploration has made a comeback not only in America, but also throughout the world.
At the Center for Creative Photography on the University of Arizona campus, Tucsonans have the opportunity to see prints and photographs from various space missions throughout the year in the new exhibit called “Astronomical: Photographs of our solar system and beyond.”
The goal of the exhibit is to “survey mankind’s ongoing efforts to chart and understand an expanding universe.” Various artists, such as Linda Connor, Andreas Feininger, and even NASA have contributed works to the exhibit – all of which are beautifully displayed against a dark blue hue.
What is most surprising about the exhibit is the number of photographs contributed by the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab. The first “Earthrise” photograph is featured in the gallery, with a black and white shot of the sun in the foreground while a silhouetted Earth sits lonesome in the background.
Pictures from Apollo 11, the first group of people to land on the moon, are also on display with shots of the punctured white Moon against a velvety black sky. Various shots of spacesuits and spaceships can also be seen in the pictures.
Most intriguing about the exhibit are the shots of Uranus, which feature Uranus’ pole rotation. Eerie shots of a pink and blue hued Uranus against a dark galaxy reinforce a notion of the universe as immense and ever expanding, albeit dark and lonely.
The gallery is open until Sunday, May 17, 2015 and is open to the public for free.
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