2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the day that humans first set foot on the surface of the moon. However, long before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s fateful trip on Apollo 11, NASA was hard at work mapping out the specifics of their journey. By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs from the 1850s to Apollo 11 at National Gallery of Art lays out decades’ worth of reconnaissance work.
Starting in the 19th century, NASA engineers started mapping out the moon using photography. These early photographs are on display alongside glass stereographs that Armstrong and Aldrin created when they actually touched down on the surface of the moon. Learn all about the path that eventually led to men on the moon at the Freer and Sackler Galleries when the exhibit kicks off on July 14th.