Feb. 7, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing later this summer seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the unfolding history of lunar exploration. Those of us who are old enough to remember the moon landings surely recall the sense of awe that wonder that we experienced when humanity first made contact with another planetary body. Today, 50 years in hindsight, we realize that the Apollo landings were a historical anomaly, the magnitude of which is so great that a non-insignificant fraction of the population alive today is skeptical that the Apollo astronauts actually walked on the Moon. In my talk, I’ll outline the unique set of circumstances that led to the successes of the Apollo program, and trace the subsequent scientific and political history of lunar exploration to the present day and beyond.