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To the Moon! A new lunar exhibit touches down in Tacoma

The Moon is a great place to visit, but if space travel isn't within your budget - a trip to Tacoma may be the next best thing.

A New Moon Rises is a lunar education exhibit at Tacoma's Washington State History Museum, and is part of the Smithsonian's Traveling Exhibition Service.

“Most of us don’t get to visit the moon very often, so this is a chance to see [it] up close and see another world,” said Gwen Whiting, a curator at the museum.

A New Moon Rises features near real-time video images of the moon's surface and hi-resolution photographs of lunar landscapes, perfect for close viewing, captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. There are also interactive exhibits and 3-D printed crater models, so you can FEEL the moon's surface.

Artifacts from the space-age are also on display including rare-photos of Apollo astronauts training in eastern Washington, moon rocks, even a Lunar Operators License - essentially a space driver's license issued to Apollo astronauts for use on the moon.

Who would have pulled them over? We don't know.

A New Moon Rises runs through December 5th 2019 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.