Space takes center stage in downtown Phoenix Friday, July 19, through Friday, August 16, at the iconic monOrchid, located at 214 E. Roosevelt St. The exhibit, “Barnstorming the Moon,” is being presented by The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) and Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), in a partnership with True North Studio and monOrchid. The LROC is a system of three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA spacecraft that launched in June 2009. The exhibit will display images captured by the cameras of the surface of the Moon. Every Friday, between July 19 and August 16, Dr. Mark Robinson will lead a walking tour of the exhibit from 7 to 8 p.m. at monOrchid. Robinson is a faculty member at SESE and is the principal investigator of the LROC.
“What started as an experiment, nearly 10 years ago, has turned into an incredible success story of space discovery that we are excited to bring to the monOrchid,” says Robinson. “The cameras have allowed us to create the first detailed ultraviolet maps of the Moon and we’ve gained new insights into the physics of impact crater formation, the discovery of very young volcanic features and even confirmation that the moon is shrinking.”
Opening night is Friday, July 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. Once the exhibit opens, the public is welcome to tour the gallery from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. through August 16. The exhibit also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission on July 20. To recognize that day, a special panel discussion with experts about space exploration will take place at 6 p.m. at monOrchid.
“To me, the Moon is an alluring destination, somewhere I want to go and explore,” says Robinson. “It is my hope that the LROC images will reveal a Moon that you never knew existed, a place that you too might like to visit. There is no doubt in my mind that humans will someday return to the Moon, and then move outward to Mars and beyond. The big questions are — when and by whom?”
Opening night tickets for July 19 are free and available at the monorchid.com or lroc.sese.asu.edu. Tickets for the panel discussion on July 20, are also free and available on the LROC and monOrchid websites. For more information about the event, visit the monOrchid Facebook page.
About the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera:
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, is a system of three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA spacecraft that launched in June 2009. The cameras capture high resolution black and white images and moderate resolution multi-spectral images of the surface of the Moon. LROC’s task is to help identify future human landing sites on the Moon, study the light conditions at polar-craters, and answer other lunar geology questions. The principal investigator of LROC is Dr. Mark Robinson of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.
About True North Studio
True North Studio is a real estate development company based in the monOrchid, a landmark arts and mixed-use building in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Arts District in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The Cambria hotel is one component of True North Studio’s mixed use developments between Central Avenue to 3rd Street, and Roosevelt to Moreland Streets at Hance Park. Projects within the development include hotels, restaurants, art galleries, creative office, and commercial retail as part of historically preserved and adaptively reused properties, as well as the infill of vacant lots. These projects will contribute to the fabric of the diverse Roosevelt Row Arts District and amplify the revitalization of downtown Phoenix.