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Six Decades of Space Science: Dust on the Moon from Apollo 11 to Chang’e-4

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

At the time of the planning for the Apollo launches, it was not clear how much dust would be on the lunar surface, and whether that dust would be an issue for Apollo EVA’s.
In fact, the dust was not too deep, but was readily moved and inescapable. Apollo astronauts and experiments found that fine, sticky and abrasive lunar dust, as fine as talcum but more cutting than sandpaper, was the number 1 environmental problem on the Moon.

Professor O’Brien, who was one of the founding faculty members in the Rice Space Science Department during the planning and assembly of the Apollo missions, designed and built and made many discoveries with five instruments put of on the Moon by Apollo astronauts on Apollo 11, 12, 14 and 15. including a dust detector (DDE) and an ion/electron plasma detector, CPLEE. Dr. O’Brien, who is only one of three Apollo science PI’s surviving today, will present his reminiscences of Rice and Apollo from that exciting time in history, and the stories of Moon dust, which is still a vital and relevant subject today and for future explorations of the Moon.

For more info:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/health-science/apollo-17-left-the-moon-45-years-ago-that-dirty-space-gear-has-a-story-to-tell/2017/12/13/004583cc-e01e-11e7-b2e9-8c636f076c76_video.html?utm_term=.ef17e4014802

Here is the Author’s website: https://www.brianjobrien.com
He is presently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia.

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Details

Date:
March 18
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.meetup.com/Houston-Secret-Science-Club/events/259676195/

Organizer

Houston Science Enthusiasts
Website:
https://www.meetup.com/Houston-Secret-Science-Club/

Venue

Keck Hall
Keck Hall
Houston, TX 77005 US
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