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Heroes & Humans

Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Mike Collins are the three men who will forever be names recalled in the history books. Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the moon while Collins manned an orbiting space craft singlehandedly.  They became heroes, action figures, spokespeople, celebrities.

However, before they were heroes, they were very much human.

 

What truly exhibits the innate human qualities in each of them comes across on the NASA air to ground transcript tapes. This book seeks to highlight their feat of mankind alongside their extreme humanity that is put on display through the recorded and very intimate conversations with Mission Control.

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It was the adventures of the Apollo astronauts that inspired OMEGA’s Heroes & Humans exhibit.

The men of the Apollo mission were first humans before they were heroes. Much like the OMEGA Speedmaster was simply a watch before it was the moon watch. This exhibit seeks to highlight the feat of mankind alongside their extreme humanity and emotion that went into and came out of every Apollo mission.

 
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The Apollo 11 Experience: Gratitude

Heroes & Humans - An Exhibition Presented by OMEGA

Walking into the Apollo 11 section of the the Heroes & Humans Exhibition you would first see the moon landing and hear the audio of the Apollo 11 crew thanking all the people who made the Apollo 11 mission possible. 

Walking into the Apollo 11 section of the the Heroes & Humans Exhibition you would first see the moon landing and hear the audio of the Apollo 11 crew thanking all the people who made the Apollo 11 mission possible. 

Going around the corner you would be faced with 400,000+ NASA ID badges of all the men and women that worked for NASA at the height of the Apollo program. 

Going around the corner you would be faced with 400,000+ NASA ID badges of all the men and women that worked for NASA at the height of the Apollo program. 

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MY PROCESS

This blended narrative and ultimately Omega exhibit was born out of the desire to discover the humanity and the ordinary inside of all of us. I poured over the Apollo 11 transcripts. Through reading these decades old artifacts I felt like I got to know these men. It was and is a privilege to peer into the very moments that shaped them and ultimately shaped our world. From this deep dive into the Apollo 11 mission I was able to bring out the humanity of the transcripts and make it approachable and real to others through the book and exhibit.

“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space.” 

President John F. Kennedy, May 25, 1961