The moon is back in the news! Not only did China just land a robot spacecraft on the moon but it actually deployed a rover to wander across the lunar surface. Other countries have been getting in on the action too, like India and Japan. And the U.S. has new probes in orbit around our natural satellite, providing many surprises about our nearest celestial companion.
Why the sudden interest in the moon? Even though we landed astronauts on the moon over 40 years ago, why should we care about going back? These and other questions are the subject of a new show opening in the Hansen Dome Theatre called “Back To The Moon For Good.” Come and find out how the Google Lunar X-Prize is planning on getting us there!
“Back To The Moon For Good” is narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen and chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest incentivized prize in history. To win the $30 million Google Lunar X-Prize, a team must land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, navigate 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to Earth. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world.
“Although the benefits of going back to the moon are well known within the space community, the mission of this film — and the Google Lunar X-Prize — is to re-ignite an interest in space exploration amongst people of all ages,” X-Prize Foundation president Robert Weiss, who is an executive producer of the movie, said in a statement.
“Back To The Moon For Good” features interviews with some of the teams vying to win the competition. It also features a virtual moon mission, complete with launch, landing and a tour of the lunar surface. The film even includes a visualization of a future moon colony.
But the show will prelude with a special live introduction produced by Clark Planetarium staff, including a unique 3-dimensional trip to our neighbor in space. This special prologue will also feature special 360-degree panoramic photography of the lunar surface and full-dome “all sky” spherical images that can only be experienced in the Hansen Dome Theatre.
“Back To The Moon For Good” premieres on Friday, February 14 (Presidents Day Weekend) with shows running daily. Check the Hansen Dome Page for details.