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The Apollo Moon Landings: From Challenge to Achievement
June 20, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm$10 – $12
In conjunction with the Australian Society for History of Engineering and TechnologyIn 1961, President Kennedy set the United States’ space agency, NASA, the challenge of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth” by 1970. This was a daring task to give an agency barely three years old; one that had, at the time, only flown a single astronaut on a suborbital mission. To meet this challenge, NASA initiated the Apollo lunar program. In this presentation, space historian Kerrie Dougherty will look at how NASA took the Apollo program from concept to reality in less than a decade, solving engineering, technical and scientific issues to win the greatest prize of the Space Race against the USSR, a successful landing on the Moon with the Apollo 11 mission.
About the speaker: Kerrie Dougherty is an independent space historian, author and freelance curator. Formerly Curator of Space Technology at the Powerhouse Museum, with over 30 years’ museum experience, Kerrie is also a lecturer in Space Humanities studies for the International Space University. A Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, she also serves on their History of Astronautics Committee. She is the author of “Australia in Space”, a comprehensive history of Australian space activities (published 2017) and the winner of the 2015 Sacknoff Prize for Space History.BUY TICKETS