The Moon Revisited: After Apollo, A Gateway to Mars
Join Carter Emmart for a lively, illustrated walk through the historic Apollo landing sites as visualized from current data sent back from a now international fleet of spacecraft imaging the Moon. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter—the mission of which includes identifying sites close to potential resources with high scientific value, favorable terrain and the environment necessary for safe future robotic and human lunar missions–has imaged what was left on the Moon fifty years ago by Apollo 11, as well as during the Soviet era and more recent Chinese robotic rover missions. As we look forward, it is clear that Moon will be an international work place, following on the success of the International Space Station. What we learn there will prepare us for deeper adventures to Mars and beyond. Solar observing via telescope may follow the lecture.
Carter Emmart is Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and has directed all five of the Hayden Planetarium’s amazing space shows. He leads a NASA-funded effort at the AMNH called OpenSpace (http://OpenSpaceProject.com) which visualizes data interactively to explore the vast amounts of imagery sent back from planetary missions, earth satellites and astronomical observatories. OpenSpace drives presentations at the Hayden Planetarium but can also be downloaded for free to run on home computers. Emmart previously worked at NASA Ames Research Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Montauk Observatory would like to thank the Ross School for hosting this event, and Carter for showing us the wonders of our Universe!
Montauk Observatory (soon to be called Hamptons Observatory) was established in 2005. It is a publicly supported NYS 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fostering interest in science, particularly astronomy. To that end, it holds frequent lectures, stargazing events and portable planetarium shows throughout the towns of the east end. MO created the South Fork’s first astronomical observatory (in East Hampton) which contains the largest research-grade telescope on Long Island; these state-of-the-art facilities will soon be made available over the internet to students, teachers, researchers and the general public. Montauk Observatory offers its quality educational programs free-of-charge to ensure that they are as accessible as possible to all. Tax-deductible donations to help support Montauk Observatory and its educational programs are always gratefully received. Arrangements may also be made for private star parties and other programs in exchange for a donation. For questions or to join the mailing list for event notices, contact MontaukObservatory@gmail.com