Return to the Moon and On to Mars

Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo, an aerospace engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center, will discuss how recent work at NASA to develop human landers at Mars is influencing new lunar lander vehicle designs. The goal is to develop and utilize technologies that will increase sustainability and lower costs on future missions.

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The Science of Apollo

Best-selling author and space historian Andrew Chaikin and a panel of experts, including Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, discuss the science of Project Apollo and the benefits to society of future planetary exploration.

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Francesco Bianchini

Francesco Bianchini, an Italian astronomer, was born Dec. 13, 1662.  Bianchini found favor in the Roman Curia of three successive popes.  He first made his mark with a meridian line that he installed in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome, a feat we will...

Julius Schmidt

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