Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Apollo 11 at Fifty
On view through August 3
As he became the first person to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong announced, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of that remarkable achievement as the last step in a long series that stretches back through the centuries to the beginnings of the modern scientific understanding of our place in the universe.
On display are landmarks in the history of science from Houghton Library’s collections—such as first editions of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton—together with rarely exhibited highlights from a private spaceflight collection, including artifacts used during the Apollo 11 mission and on the moon itself by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Together, these objects illuminate the path of research and discovery that made Apollo 11 possible.
Curatorial Tours: Small Steps, Giant Leaps
June 8, 2:00 PM; June 26, 5:30 PM
July 11, 12:30 PM; July 20, 4:30 PM; July 30, 5:30 PM
Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library
Join exhibition curator John Overholt for a guided tour of Small Steps, Giant Leaps to learn about the ways early modern science inspired and made possible the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.
View Harvard’s Houghton Library Exhibition Catalog
- [Excerpt of longer program: “From Gallery to Reality (… and Back): The Display of Art and the Art of Display in the Digital Age,” commenting on the innovations of Harvard’s Houghton Library exhibit.]