Greetings from the professional and amateur astronomers who comprise the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces (ASLC). The club was formed in 1951 by a group of dedicated astronomers including Clyde Tombaugh, who had discovered Pluto just 21 years earlier. For nearly 65 years, we've been sharing a little bit of the universe with our community under our beautiful Southern New Mexico skies.
The club has a variety of ongoing observing, education and public outreach programs. We host a public Moongaze each month, offer beginning astronomy courses and support countless star parties for schools, scouts and various organizations. We also hold a meeting each month which includes a featured presentation.
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The next monthy ASLC meeting will be held on Friday, June 24th. The presentation is by Steve Barkes and others who attended the 2016 Texas Star Party. Steve and the crew will report on their experiences at this year's event.
This month's ASLC speaker is Loretta Hall
Presentation: Getting men to the Moon: Behind the Scenes Stories.
Summary: Nearly half a century ago, the world watched in awe as seven Apollo missions over a four-year period took twenty-one men to the moon and back. Twelve of those men landed on the moon, explored it, and brought back samples of rocks and dirt. April 11-17, 2015, marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, in which an explosion aboard the spacecraft nearly doomed three astronauts. January 31, 2016, marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the launch of the next moon mission, Apollo 14, as well as the fifty-fifth anniversary of the chimpanzee Ham's suborbital flight that launched the Mercury Program. This presentation reveals insiders' stories of what it took to overcome challenges and accomplish triumphs in the Apollo program and its predecessors, Mercury and Gemini.
Loretta Hall is the author of three space books. "Out of this World: New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel" recounts the stories of New Mexico people and programs that played crucial roles in the development of manned spaceflight and, more recently, the commercial space industry. "Space Pioneers: In Their Own Words" presents annotated excerpts from oral history interviews with ninety men and women who worked on various space programs from 1945 through the space shuttle era. Her newest book, published in January 2016, is "The Complete Space Buff's Bucket List: 100 Space Things to Do before You Die." Ms. Hall is a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico's Speakers Bureau and a Space Ambassador for the National Space Society.