Lunar and Planetary Institute

Public Lecture on Thursday, October 3

September 19, 2019

 Lunar Dirt, Rocks, and Legacy

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites inquisitive adults interested in current topics in space science and exploration to join us for the first presentation in the 2019–2020 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series given by Dr. Grant Heiken, “Lunar Dirt, Rocks, and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years”. The presentation will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX.

The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series features some of the hottest topics in our solar system and beyond with the scientists who are making the discoveries. Heiken worked for NASA during the Apollo Program in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, as a geology instructor for astronauts, and as a researcher on lunar surface processes, including volcanism. He is a co-editor of Lunar Sourcebook—A User’s Guide to the Moon and co-author, with Eric Jones, of On the Moon—The Apollo Journals.

The 2019–2020 series, “Apollo to Artemis: Exploring Our Moon”, will explore how humanity’s relationship with the Moon fundamentally changed on July 20, 1969. Over 50 years of sample analysis and spacecraft observations have shown that the Moon is a unique planetary body in its own right. We now stand poised to return astronauts to the lunar surface. How did we prepare for the Moon 50 years ago? How has our view of the Moon changed in 50 years? Can the lessons of 50 years ago prepare us for the challenges of tomorrow? 

For those who are unable to attend, the presentation will be streamed live through the USRA Ustream channel. Recordings of past presentations are available on LPI’s YouTube channel.

2019–2020 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series

October 3, 2019

Dr. Grant Heiken, former member of the Lunar Sample Preliminary Examination Team
Lunar Dirt, Rocks, and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years

December 5, 2019

Dr. Juliane Gross, Rutgers University
No Bugs, No Cheese: Sample Studies Since Apollo

Date TBD

Returning to the Moon: Is Apollo still relevant?

Date TBD

The (Not So) Missing Link: Recent Lunar Exploration

Date TBD

Moon Trek: The Next Generation


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Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series
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