There will always be something captivating about space travel. And, while few of us will get the chance to explore the universe for ourselves, this immersive exhibition at Hall des Lumières in NYC is transporting visitors into a maze of stars, planets,and supernovae – while keeping their feet firmly on the ground.
Back by popular demand, Destination Cosmos: The Immersive Space Experience is running through April 7, 2024, on Sundays and Mondays at the digital art center in Manhattan. NYC’s Hall des Lumières teamed up with NASA and The National Center for Space Studies to craft the stunning show, which spans 13 sequences and a prologue, accompanied by a carefully curated soundtrack.
The exhibition begins with a look back at the start of human space exploration. Plunged into darkness, the building is filled with 30-ft-high images of glittering stars and constellations.
Visitors are taken back to the 1960s and the Apollo missions, with photographs of Neil Armstrong’s first footstep on the moon together with his famous declaration: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
Next, viewers are given a glimpse of the construction of the first rocket in the Artemis program which launched from the NASA Kennedy Space Center in November 2022.
From here, a series of images of the Earth emerge, before viewers are taken on a rollercoaster tour of the planets. Mars is especially impressive: Photographs of its surface taken by the Perseverance Mars Rover are displayed alongside David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’.
The final part of Hall des Lumières’ Destination Cosmos exhibition features images from NASA’s Gaia, Planck and Herschel space observatories from 2013, and remarkable photographs taken by the James Webb telescope in 2021.
Destination Cosmos: The Immersive Space Experience is running through April 7, 2024. Tickets cost $36 for adults.