UK Cathedral plans to mark 50th anniversary of the Moon landing
Ely Cathedral/Credit: Michael Brace, [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

One of the Church of England’s ancient cathedrals will be part of a unique anniversary celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Officials announced that an art installation, Museum of the Moon by artist Luke Jerram, with detailed NASA imagery of the moon’s surface, will be suspended from the nave of Ely Cathedral in Ely, Cambridgeshire for a science festival on space exploration, artificial intelligence and future technologies.

The festival is slated for May 18 through June 9, featuring science-themed worship and lectures from high-profile figures including Astronomer Lord Rees and lunar expert and broadcaster Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock as well as exhibits on loan from the Science Museum in London and the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge.

The Ely cathedral is among 14 church projects receiving grants from the Scientists in Congregations that aims to foster greater understanding about science and faith. The funding has been allocated to churches in Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Canterbury, Devon, Exeter, Hertfordshire, Oldham and Southampton.

The Scientists in Congregations program is part of “Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science, a Durham University project run in partnership with the Church of England. The project is funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.


Susan Barreto


Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

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