On July 17, AGU leaders and space scientists, including NASA’s chief scientist, will discuss the legacy of Apollo 11 ahead of the mission’s 50th anniversary. Titled “Small Steps and Giant Leaps: How Apollo 11 Shaped Our Understanding of Earth and Beyond,” this event will highlight how the study of the Moon has led to a deeper understanding of Earth and the solar system, including their origins. Panelists will also describe what the world stands to learn from continuing planetary science missions, including to Mars and beyond.
This event is presented in partnership with the National Archives and as a part of AGU’s Centennial celebration. Learn more at centennial.agu.org.
Introductory remarks will be provided by Chris McEntee, executive director/CEO of AGU and Robin Bell, Palisades Geophysical Institute research professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and president of AGU.
Jim Green, chief scientist, NASA (moderator)
Sean Solomon, director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Sonia Tikoo, assistant professor of geophysics at Stanford University
Steven Hauck, professor of planetary geodynamics at Case Western Reserve University and former editor in chief of Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets
Heather Meyer, postdoctoral fellow at the Lunar and Planetary Institute
William G. McGowan Theater
701 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20408
In the 50 years since humans first walked on the surface of the Moon, humankind has made great leaps in what’s known about the Earth and the solar system from studying Moon rocks, imagery, subsequent Apollo missions, satellite data, and more. This event will explore the important legacy of the Apollo program and offer context about the significance of future space study.
More information here: https://news.agu.org/press-release/leading-space-scientists-to-mark-apollo-11s-50th-anniversary-at-the-national-archives/
Register here: https://www.archivesfoundation.org/event/small-steps-giant-leaps/