Exhibit: Small Steps, Giant Leaps
Edison and Newman Room
Harvard Yard, Cambridge, Massachusetts
As he became the first person to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong announced, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of that remarkable achievement as the last step in a long series that stretches back through the centuries to the beginnings of the modern scientific understanding of our place in the universe.
On display are landmarks in the history of science from Houghton Library's collections — such as first editions of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton — together with rarely exhibited highlights from a private spaceflight collection, including artifacts used during the Apollo 11 mission and on the moon itself by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Together, these objects illuminate the path of research and discovery that made Apollo 11 possible.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Closes August 3, 2019.
The exhibition is accompanied by a commemorative catalog which focuses on the loaned items only and is also available for free online here.
Join curator John Overholt for a guided tour of the exhibition to learn about the ways early modern science inspired and made possible the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.
Tours are free and open to the public. Reservation not required.
- Wednesday May 15, 12:30-1:15 PM
- Saturday June 8, 2:00-2:45 PM, followed by a screening of "Moon Medley: Moon-Related Short Films from Around the World" at the Harvard Film Archive, 3:00 PM (estimated running time 70 min), 24 Quincy Street
- Wednesday June 26, 5:30-6:15 PM
- Thursday July 11, 12:30-1:15 PM
- Saturday July 20, 4:30-5:15 PM, followed by a screening of "The Right Stuff" (1983) at the Harvard Film Archive, 5:30 PM (running time 193 min)
- Tuesday July 30, 5:30-6:15 PM