September 25, 2023

Discovery Place Science Opens ‘A New Moon Rises’ Friday, September 29 

Exhibition reveals detailed images of the six Apollo Moon landings, showcases color and stereo imaging and provides answers to long-held questions about the Moon’s ancient past 

Media Contact: Sarah Wheat | 

CHARLOTTE, NC (September 25, 2023) – Discovery Place Science announces the featured exhibition, A New Moon Rises, opening on Friday, September 29. Featuring stunning, large-scale photographs of the Moon’s surface captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) between 2009 and 2015, this exhibition reveals the grandeur and wonder of our closest celestial neighbor. 

“We’re excited to work with the Smithsonian to bring this unique exhibition to Charlotte,” said Catherine Wilson Horne, Discovery Place President & CEO. “The Moon is always a fascinating subject for our guests, and what sets this exhibition apart is that it reveals details never seen before by illustrating how ‘alive’ and geologically active the Moon is.” 

As part of the exhibition, guests will view over 50 photographs of the lunar surface and three videos and interact with 3D models of impact craters. Entrance to A New Moon Rising is included with Discovery Place Science general admission.  

A New Moon Rises was created by the National Air and Space Museum and the Arizona State University and is organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

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Image credit: Courtesy NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University. 

About Discovery Place 
Discovery Place brings science, nature, and design together to create transformative experiences that enable the community to understand, enjoy and apply science to their lives. Discovery Place is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and leader in STEM education to the Carolinas through four distinct museum experiences—Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature, Discovery Place Kids Huntersville and Discovery Place Kids Rockingham. Discovery Place serves more than 750,000 people a year through Museum visitations, interactive educational programming, professional development training and community outreach initiatives—shaping a future where people embrace science to create opportunities, build hope, solve problems and bring positive change for our world. In 2017, Discovery Place was named as a finalist for the National Medal by the Institute for Museum and Library Science. Discovery Place is supported, in part, by the Infusion Fund and its generous donors. 

About The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) 
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and Smithsonian Affiliations are critical national outreach units at the Smithsonian Institution. For more than 70 years, SITES has been connecting Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science, and history. Smithsonian Affiliations establishes and maintains the Smithsonian’s long-term partnerships with museums, educational organizations, and cultural institutions in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Panama. Together, SITES and Affiliations share the Smithsonian’s vast resources with millions of people outside Washington, D.C.