Man on the Moon
“That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind” are the words which have been stamped into collective memory. The 50th anniversary of the landing of a man on the Moon is remembered by an exhibition which deals with “the event of all events” from what is mainly a ‘domestic’ perspective: through the contributions and achievements of Slovene individuals, the recollections of the local population and the extensive coverage of their media. At the very end, we touch upon the future – is a Lunar Village merely a utopia or something more? Didn’t space exploration seem utopian before it became history?
Although in the course of the Space Race, which started with the launch of the first artificial satellite and ended with the landing on the Moon, the Slovenes were more or less observers, we have played more than a negligible role in space exploration and the development of space technologies, beginning with Herman Potočnik Noordung, a pioneer of the first generation of space theorists, and continuing in recent decades with a number of scientists making significant contributions both at home and abroad, and, finally, of course, those astronauts of Slovene descent.