Williams College ‘s Astronomy Dept will host a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moonlanding of July 20, 1969, with a talk and a movie in Wege Auditorium in the Chemistry building in the Williams College Science quad.
Starting at 7 PM on Saturday, Professor Jay Pasachoff will discuss his visit to Cape Canaveral for the launch of Apollo 17, the last crewed mission to the Moon, and the spectacular night launch for which his photos will be shown. He will also discuss the current status of lunar science, and show an animation of recent mapping of the moon from a NASA spacecraft, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. At 8 o’clock, for those who wish to stay, they will show the recent documentary Apollo 11, in collaboration with Connor Marti ‘20. If weather permits, Dr. Kevin Flaherty, Lecturer in Astronomy, will show the Moon through the telescopes on the roof of the Thompson Physics and Astronomy Laboratory.