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“Apollo 11” with Dr. Don Davis
September 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
In this 50th year anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon, come hear a talk by Dr. Don Davis on this “giant leap for mankind.”
Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. The astronauts also returned to Earth the first samples from another planetary body. Apollo 11 achieved its primary mission – to perform a manned lunar landing and return the mission safely to Earth – and paved the way for the Apollo lunar landing missions to follow.
Dr. Davis, senior scientist and director emeritus of PSI, is interested in the origin and evolution of the planetary system. He conducts hypervelocity impact experiments using the NASA Ames Vertical Gun Range and applies dynamical theory and computational modeling to study planetesimal accretion and the collisional history of asteroids, satellites, and particles in planetary rings. He is also involved in ground-based observations of asteroids and infrared searches for intra- Mercurian bodies. He is actively involved with light pollution issues and the past president of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and chaired the Pima County Outdoor Lighting Committee. Asteroid number 3638 is named in honor of Dr. Davis.