Rose Center for Space and Earth Special Collections
Displayed outside of the main galleries, the Rose Center for Earth and Space Special Collections highlight different ways of measuring, interpreting, and recording explorations of the universe through the ages. From a 16th-century portable sundial used to track time to breathtaking photographs of the Apollo lunar landings, these exhibits celebrate the human impulse to discover and understand the natural world.
In this era of atomic clocks and femtosecond lasers, it can be hard to recall how well people kept track of time, followed the movement of stars and planets and measured distances on Earth using simpler tools
This design of this armillary sphere was inspired by those of antiquity, but its content captures our modern understanding of the universe.
This terrazzo inlay representing the face of the Aztec Sun Stone was a centerpiece of the Hall of the Sun in the original Hayden Planetarium, built in 1935.
Inspired by the star show at the first Hayden Planetarium, artist Michele Oka doner cast more than 200 of these energetic bronze forms, which suggest spiral galaxies, stars, planetary orbits and various shapes of the universe.
The Apollo space program to “land a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth” started as President Kennedy’s 1961 challenge to Americans, but it became one of the greatest achievements in human culture.