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.
“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.