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Exhibition "Out of this World"

The largest Moon on Earth



The 'largest Moon on Earth', with a diameter of 25 metres, floats inside the 100-metre high free space that is the Oberhausen Gasometer's 'main ring'. In virtually total darkness, the scene is set for this simulated satellite of the Earth using elaborate lighting. Visitors to the exhibition are able to observe the simulated Moon in all its phases. This picture gallery shows how the sculpture of the Moon was produced and installed.

The exhibition designers used image data from the US Clementine mission as a model for the Moon's cratered face. In 1994, this probe orbited the Moon 300 times and in the process took 1.8 million photographs, from which the most complete digital model of the Moon’s surface to date was made – and this was the raw material for the printed cover of the Oberhausen Moon balloon. To produce the cover, DLR staff from the Institute for Planetary Research (Institut für Planetenforschung) converted the individual images into what is known as a cylindrical projection and combined them to form a complete map. 

 Producing the Moon's covering
zum Bild Producing the Moon's covering
 Creating the Moon sculpture
zum Bild Creating the Moon sculpture
 Arriving at the Gasometer
zum Bild Arriving at the Gasometer
 Unfurling the balloon in the main ring
zum Bild Unfurling the balloon in the main ring
 View from a height of 100 metres
zum Bild View from a height of 100 metres
 Inflating the Moon
zum Bild Inflating the Moon
 During inflation of the balloon
zum Bild During inflation of the balloon
 Working in the interior
zum Bild Working in the interior
 The Moon looks like a mushroom
zum Bild The Moon looks like a mushroom
 The Moon is suspended
zum Bild The Moon is suspended
 Moon sculpture in the Oberhausen Gasometer
zum Bild Moon sculpture in the Oberhausen Gasometer
 Experiencing the phases of the Moon
zum Bild Experiencing the phases of the Moon


Last update: 03/04/2009 17:12:57