Church set to display robots, astronaut suits and space toilets to mark moon landing anniversary

The Church of England is going to display astronaut suits, space lavatories, and robots in its buildings to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

A total of 14 church projects across the country have been awarded £70,000 under the Scientists in Congregations scheme.

It's part of a news outreach scheme to bring younger people to church, promote the unity between science and faith.


Lichfield Cathedral in Staffordshire has revealed it will host a programme of services and events inspired by the historic space moment.

Peter Walker, the cathedral's artist in-residence, will transform the medieval building's tiled floor to look like the moon's surface this summer.



Ely Cathedral and Cambridgeshire will also be joining in with the celebrations. It's hoped the variety of events will attract youngsters to take and share pictures of some of the country's most ancient cathedrals.

A seven metre diameter lunar replica will hover above Ely Cathedral's nave.

Organiser Vicky Johnson, the Canon of Ely Cathedral told The Sunday Telegraph: "It's entirely for the millennials."

She added: "It's particularly about creating spaces where people can ask questions and wonder about their place in the universe and that's a key thing millennials do.

"They like authentic answers."

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