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Exciting exhibition celebrates celestial event up Hanley at the Potteries Museum

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An exciting exhibition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the last visit to the Moon is set to be showcased at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

The display will open on Saturday, December 8 and is in honour of Apollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan who, on December 14 1972, was the last person to walk on the Moon.

It will explore aspects of science and culture with the main feature being a selection of space exploration equipment and memorabilia.

Visitors will see a glove worn by a Russian cosmonaut while in space and a flag which was taken to the Moon. Art and ceramic collections will also from part of the exhibition.

The amazing effect the Moon has on the Earth, including tides and eclipses, will be discussed. The display runs until February 24 2013 and is free to view.

Children can enjoy some festive fun at the popular tourist attraction on Sunday, December 15 when a futuristic Santa’s grotto is set up.

Father Christmas and his ‘Ultra Elves’ will reveal how he visits homes all over the world in just one night – time travel. Places are limited for the event, which will run at 10.30am-4pm, so booking is essential. Tickets cost £3.50 and include a present.

Free, short talks delving into rocket launches and space flights that have taken place in past Decembers will also take place on the same day. The events, at 11.30pm and 2pm, will look at missions from the late 1800s onwards.

The space age theme will continue on Friday, December 28 when there will be a special presentation on the ‘War of the Worlds’. Historian Andrew Lound will unravel the dramatic history of the famous HG Wells book, including videos, slides and audio footage. Tickets cost £2 and must be booked in advance. Call 01782 232323.


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