Virtual Lecture Night
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
|Date||Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm|
This week we will be hearing from Club member Ian Ridpath, with a talk titled 'When we walked on the Moon (and when will we return?)'
The Moon is our nearest neighbour in space, and still, the only body beyond Earth on which humans have set foot. This talk will introduce the main features of the Moon that can be seen with binoculars and small telescopes, from its ancient plains of solidified lava to craters the size of cities blasted out by meteorite impacts. We then trace the history of lunar exploration in the context of the East-West political rivalry of the time, from the first space probes to the Apollo landings. The talk summarises the scientific findings from those missions and describes why astronomers now think that the Moon was born when another body hit the Earth billions of years ago. Finally, we will look ahead at plans for returning to the Moon in the next few years.
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Meeting ID: 891 9780 1867