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A Digital Look at a Walk on the Moon

August 15, 1999

The technology of the '90s meets the '60s in digital, grand-scale renderings of photos taken by Apollo astronauts on U.S. moon missions, opening Friday at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Billed as the "sharpest, most pristine presentation" ever made of these images, the exhibit, honoring the 30th anniversary of the first moon landing, ranges from famous scenes, such as explorers' footprints in the lunar dust, to little-known but striking landscapes. The largest of the 51 "vistas" is 4 feet by 16 feet.

The exhibit is the work of San Francisco-based artist Michael Light, who spent four years selecting and digitalizing the images from NASA's archive of 32,000 photos of the 1967-'72 missions. Lecture programs with the exhibit, which runs through Jan. 11, 2000, include an Oct. 5 appearance by Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan. Museum admission is $9 adults, free for children 12 and under. Information: telephone (415) 357-4000, Internet http://www.sfmoma.org.

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