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Apollo Animations

These planetarium dome animations were created by Don Davis under contract to Rice University to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission. Contact Prof. Patricia Reiff for FREE high resolution fisheye or warped versions - thanks to NASA HEAT support.

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Apollo 17 Launch
planetarium dome animation of the Apollo 17 launch with original audio
Apollo 17 lunar module ascent
planetarium dome animation of the Apollo 17 lunar module ascent with original audio

Apollo & Beyond : Conquering Gravity

A full-dome planetarium show celebrating 50 years of exploration beyond Earth's gravity

The 24 Apollo astronauts who reached lunar orbit are the only humans to escape the bonds of Earth's gravitational pull. In APOLLO AND BEYOND we share their exhilarating adventure on the moon and create a realistic future lunar colony where humans could enjoy this low gravity world. Then we explore the other worlds in our solar system, imagining how we might live and have fun there. Finally we look into the universe to understand what gravity really is and to appreciate its power in shaping our cosmos and determining our destiny. The moon is just the beginning of our exploration of gravity in action. This is an adventure for all ages with beautiful environments and a universe of new discoveries.