ONLINE: The major focus of this course is on what we learned about the moon from the Apollo program and its immediate aftermath, but it will also include discussion of what we believed about the moon before Apollo, and the results of some of the post-Apollo lunar exploration. The emphasis will be on insights into the nature of the moon, its origin and its evolution that were derived from the Apollo program and consequent studies of returned lunar samples. A total of six manned missions provided a small sampling of a very large body, but have allowed us to construct a fairly comprehensive picture of our nearest neighbor and of how the moon has evolved over a 4.5 billion-year history. Much of the Apollo-related activities centered around the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, and the course will include a few personal recollections from this unique place and time. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 200.
Class sessions are recorded.
Arch Reid worked at the Manned Spacecraft Center during most of the Apollo missions and was part of the Preliminary Examination Team engaged in describing the returned lunar samples from Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17. He is a retired professor of geology who researched and taught at St. Andrews University, the Mellon Institute, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Australian National University, NASA's Johnson Space Center, the University of Cape Town, and the University of Houston.