Summer Science Saturday

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The annual Lunar and Planetary Laboratory open house, Summer Science Saturday, will highlight the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing and recent lunar research. Plans include three lecture presentations, a piece of the moon brought back by Apollo 12 astronauts, Apollo artifacts, lunar meteorites, exhibits and book sales. Find more information in the descriptions and links below.

Lectures held in Gerard P. Kuiper Space Sciences, Room 308:

10:30 a.m.
"50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Lunar Landing on July 20, 1969"
Robert Strom, Professor Emeritus, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

The Apollo 11 landing on the Moon was a major landmark in human history. It was the first time humans had voyaged to another body in space. The data returned by the Apollo missions have resulted in our current understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon with major implications for the rest of the Solar System. This talk will primarily discuss the Apollo 11 mission, including details not generally known.

"One Giant Leap: The Scientific Legacy of the Apollo Missions to the Moon"
Jeff Andrews-Hanna, Associate Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Fifty years ago, one of the greatest scientific leaps of our time was set in motion by the first steps of the Apollo astronauts venturing out onto the lunar surface. Over the next three and a half years, the seven missions to the surface of the moon returned a treasure trove of data and samples, whose scientific value has far exceeded even the wildest expectations. The pictures, samples of lunar rocks, and investigations into the subsurface from Apollo answered many fundamental questions regarding the moon, the Earth, and the Solar System as a whole.

Scientists today still analyze the Apollo data and samples, which continue to yield new surprises and important discoveries. Yet even as many questions were answered, new mysteries were revealed that continue to puzzle scientists. This talk will explore some of the fundamental discoveries that came out of the Apollo missions, and some of the key questions that remain unanswered.

1:30 p.m.
"From Arizona to the Moon"
William K. Hartmann, Senior Scientist Emeritus,  Planetary Science Institute, Tucson

Dr. Hartmann was a graduate student in the 1960s at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and co-founded Tucson's Planetary Science Institute.  He will describe many pre-Apollo and post-Apollo space-related activities in Arizona.  Hartmann  was lead author of the current theory of the origin of the moon, discovered one of the largest impact basins on the moon,  was a team member on 3 orbital spacecraft missions to Mars, and has an asteroid named after him in recognition of his work.

Kuiper Space Sciences building lab tours:

Tours include the Transmission Electron Microscope and Electron Microprobe labs at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.. Space is limited, and RSVP is required via the LPL website.

Other all-day exhibits and activities:

For a complete list of campus events related to the Apollo anniversary and Tucson Moon Month, visit the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium website.

Main Campus
Gerard P. Kuiper Space Sciences, 1629 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ
United States
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Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
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Maria Schuchardt
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Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact, Maria Schuchardt.