OLLI at San Francisco State University
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Five Decades Since Our First Step: What Do We Know about the Moon?
July 20, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the surface of the Moon. Since then, the Apollo missions, a fleet of robotic probes, and observations from Earth have taught us a lot about Earth’s surprising satellite. In this non-technical mini-course, Andrew Fraknoi will look at the past, present, and future of the Moon, including its violent origins, the mystery of the frozen water we have found at its poles, and its long-term future as it moves further and further away from us. Dr. Fraknoi will also discuss briefly the ridiculous suggestion that the moon landings were a hoax, and explain how we can easily prove that the landings took place. Illustrated with beautiful images taken from orbit and on the surface, this session will make the Moon come alive as an eerie world next door, as a changing object in our skies, and as a possible future destination for humanity and its ambitions.
This class is not available at this time.