ISS Progress 75 resupply ship, with the full Moon above the Earth’s horizon, is pictured separating from the International Space Station shortly after undocking from the Zvezda service module.
Why Moon Day?
The General Assembly declared International Moon Day, a United Nations-designated international day to be observed annually on 20 July, in its resolution 76/76 on “International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space” in 2021.
International Moon Day marks the anniversary of the first landing by humans on the Moon as part of the Apollo 11 lunar mission.
The celebrations will also consider the achievements of all States in the exploration of the Moon and raise public awareness of sustainable Moon exploration and utilization.
For thousands of years, human civilizations have looked up to the sky pondering the origin and mysteries of the Moon – our only natural satellite. Ground-based observations enabled by the invention of the first telescopes opened a new chapter in our understanding of our celestial companion.
With the birth of space activities, the Moon became the ultimate destination of countless missions, including crewed flights that brought the first human footprints to another place in the universe.
As Moon exploration efforts continue taking shape with ambitious plans, this global celebration will serve not only as a reminder of success in the past, but as an annual testimony to future endeavours.
The exhibition about “Our Closest Neighbour -The Moon” and entry is free.
The Observatory is open at various times and details can be found on the front page of our website:
439 Cobden St ( Car entry from Magpie St)
Mt Pleasant, VIC 3350
0429 199 312 (BH and AH) Opening Hours for Observatory
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All programs require a prior booking.
Off the street visitors to the Science Shop are welcome.
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