From landing on the moon to the moon landing in Belfast, the 2018 NI Science Festival officially launches this Thursday, February 15, and runs until Sunday, February 25.
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed”. Those were the first words to be transmitted back to earth from the Apollo 11 lunar module, Eagle, after successfully guiding the craft to a moon landing 384,400km away on July 20, 1969. What followed was Neil Armstrong’s now iconic line, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”, transmitted when he first stepped down onto the moon’s surface.
Now descending on W5, the (pictured) is a visually spectacular new touring artwork by UK artist, Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the inflated moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.
With over 180 events across 11 days and spanning over 50 venues across Northern Ireland, the 2018 NI Science Festival is the science extravaganza’s most ambitious programme to date.
The festival is supported by the Department for the Economy, Belfast City Council, Tourism Northern Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University, Innovate UK, British Council Northern Ireland, Matrix and STEM recruitment specialists, MCS Group.
The Museum of the Moon is free with admission to W5 and on display until Sunday, March 4. Visit w5online.co.uk for further information.
For more information and to see the full programme of events for the 2018 NI Science Festival, visit nisciencefestival.com.