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July 19, 2019

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Seeing Earth as Armstrong first saw it

An illuminated Earth will be exhibited amid preserved historical buildings in Waitanyuan near the Bund from today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon.

Waitanyuan, “the origin of the Bund,” is studded with famous buildings such as the old British Consulate, the Union Church and the Shanghai Rowing Club.

An art installation named “GAIA” from the Discovery media group and British artist Luke Jerram simulates the view the astronauts had of Earth from space.

At night, visitors are said to be able to see exactly the same view Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin saw from the moon half a century ago.

The exhibition is free through Sunday at Yuanmingyuan and Nansuzhou roads. The site featuring a large number historical structures is open around the clock but organizers say the best time to watch is between 7:30pm and 10pm.

The giant sphere with a diameter of 7 meters is covered by a super high-definition photo of the Earth’s surface taken in 1972. The size is 1.8 million times smaller than the Earth. Minisculpture on its surface simulates the terrain of the planet.

When visitors watch from 211 meters away, they are able to have the same view as that from the moon.

Jerram, whose sculptures and art installations have been permanently collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has exhibited the “GAIA” around the world.


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