Trivia

Hard

What Is The First (And Only) Art Installation On The Moon Called?

Sol
Lunar Life
Fallen Astronaut
Apollo's Touch

Answer: Fallen Astronaut

In 1971, the crew of Apollo 15 placed a small sculpture on the lunar surface along with a metal plaque propped up beside it. This tiny sculpture—a little over 3″ long—became the first (and to date only) art installation on the Moon.

Prior to the Apollo 15 mission, astronaut David Scott met Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck at a dinner party. Scott commissioned Van Hoeydonck to create a small statuette to commemorate the astronauts and cosmonauts that had lost their lives in furthering humanity’s space exploration efforts. The result of the commission was Fallen Astronaut, a small aluminum figure of simple design that, per Scott’s instructions, is not identifiable as male, female, or any particular ethnic group, but simply as human.

After getting permission from top NASA management prior to the mission, Scott and his fellow astronauts smuggled the statuette aboard the Apollo 15 launch and covertly placed, and photographed, the memorial on the surface of the Moon. Only after returning to Earth did they publicly disclose it at a post-mission press conference.

After the disclosure, the National Air and Space Museum requested that a replica be made for public display, which was given to the Smithsonian Institution the following year. It is now on display with a replica of the plaque in the Museum’s National Mall Building in the Space Race Wing, Gallery 114.

Trivia

Hard

Nintendo’s Only Foray Into Breakfast Cereal Featured Which Characters?

Trivia

Hard

What Geeky Treat Outlasted The Show It Was Promoting By Over A Decade?

Trivia

Hard

Before Trees Towered Over The Earth, What Did?

Trivia

Hard

In Which Country Are Fried Tarantulas Considered A Delicacy?

Trivia

Hard

What Early PC Had An Unofficial “Sound Card” Driven By Excessive Radio Interference?

Trivia

Easy

In World War II, A Nazi Submarine Was Accidentally Sunk By?

Trivia

Hard

What Was The Killer Application That Drove 1990s CD-ROM Drive Sales?

Trivia

Very Hard

In Which Game Did The Famed “Konami Code” Cheat First Appear?

Trivia

Very Hard

The 1993 U.S. Senate Hearings Held Over Video Game Violence Focused On Mortal Kombat And?

Trivia

Easy

Despite Their Massive Size, Which Of These Animals Only Lives A Few Years?