It has been 40 years since the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong took that "one small step" to become the first human to set foot on another world.

An exhibition at the University of Sydney, Small Step, Giant Leap: Celebrating Apollo at 40, commemorated this significant anniversary. This exhibition explored the story of the Apollo lunar program and highlighted some University of Sydney connections.

Sponsored by the US Studies Centre and the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research, Small Step, Giant Leap featured artefacts on loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, USA, as well as contemporary space memorabilia from the Powerhouse Museum's collection, that help tell the story of Apollo 11's historic lunar landing.

Included in the exhibition were three lunar tools used by NASA for training during the 1960s: a trenching tool, a hammer and a scale. These were all designed for collecting rock samples in lunar gravity and incorporate design features that make their use easier for astronauts wearing spacesuits.