Journey to the Moon: How Glass Got Us There

29 June–31 January 2019

Exhibition Overview

A lunar melt vein on the moon featuring a "river" of glass. Photo from the Corning Museum of Glass website.

Timed to the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, the Museum will present a special display highlighting the ways in which glass has provided not only a lens but a vehicle to make possible the journey to the moon. Located in the Innovation Center, the display invites visitors to get hands-on and explore the integral role glass has played in space exploration.

A highlight of the display will be a lunar meteorite with glassy components that visitors will be able to touch. Key objects and artifacts examine the role of glass in making this mission possible, including fiberglass—used in the protective outer layer of spacesuits worn by astronauts, and as insulation for the spacecrafts—and a Gemini window, designed by Corning, Inc. for the space shuttle windshield. A moonwalk montage will provide visuals of the lunar landing, revealing how glass on our TV screens gave everyone on Earth a first glimpse at the moon, and that glass in our TVs and devices still provides us a window through which to view important moments today.

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