At midnight on July 10 we drove our city transit bus into Regent, ND. We arrived only three weeks shy of the day
Apollo ll landed on the moon forty years ago. First thing in the morning, we began our mission: to build a replica lunar
module and to reenact man's first moon walk for the 250 residents of the town, located in the middle of farmlands
that stretch out for miles, interrupted only by the dark hides of cows dotting the landscape.
We scoured the earth for the materials that after many sleepless nights became the vessel that would take us to the
surface of the moon. Two weeks later we completed the module named Eagle, built out of scrap steel, trashed yard
equipment, windows and other cast aways, and successfully landed it in a lot on Main Street. Using the original
broadcast of the Apollo ll transmissions, we produced a remixed version of the module's landing and Aldrin and
Armstrong's momentous stroll on the moon's surface. We broadcast the audio from the FM radio transmitter housed
on our city transit bus through our antenna to the audience sitting in lawn chairs spread out in the grass.
While the grasses rolled on in the expanse beyond the little town, the people of Regent came to Main Street, clutching
their radios, to watch the event unfold. They listened as Apollo ll and Houston worked together to land the module
safely, watched as the astronauts took man's first step on the lunar surface, and heard them speak in awe of the
moon's "magnificent desolation." The astronauts left an American Flag and a plaque to commemorate America's
achievement. President Nixon's voice streamed through the radio, giving thanks to the astronauts on behalf of
mankind. After the performance, the community met the astronauts and explored the spacecraft.
Watch the film documenting this event HERE.
View the posters announcing the event in Regent and neighboring towns HERE.
View the articles about the event HERE.
View additional images from the performance HERE.
The interior of the moonlander was designed to be a greenhouse, allowing it to continue its function as a vessel for
life in its permanent resting place in Regent, ND. We installed a rainwater collection system in the form of gutters that
will naturally water the plants that we left inside during wet weather. There is access up and into the moonlander via
two sets of steps and a pathway which lead to the interior of the cabin where one will find a nice bench and a place to
enjoy the plants and view outside. We encourage folks to go and enjoy the moonlander, and of course bring your
plants and leave a little water behind.
View additional images from the interior of the moonlander HERE.
In this photo from the Dickinson Press, I am discussing with Gary Greff how we are going to go about creating the
moonlander from our model. Gary Greff is the reason that we came to Regent, ND. Originally we were just going to
build our moonlander out of cardboard until we found Gary online. He is an artist and the creator of the Enchanted
Highway with which he achieved the Guiness World Record for largest scrap metal sculpture. Gary invited us to stay
on his property, use his shop and tools including his welder and plasma cutter, gave us access to his huge scrap metal
junkyard, and helped us navigate the local area so that we could pull off this large event. Gary was an essential part of
this project and we cannot thank him enough.
View Gary Greff’s Enchanted Highway HERE.
View additional images of the planning and preparation HERE.
Moonlander #921 in front of the TransitAntenna bus in its final resting spot in Regent, North Dakota.
View additional images of moonlander #921 HERE.