Kuiper and Apollo: A Talk for the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Landing
Author Derek Sears presents the new biography Gerard P. Kuiper and the Rise of Modern Planetary Science (University of Arizona Press, 2019). It describes the life of a man who lived through some of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century and ended up creating a new field of scientific research, planetary science. As NASA and other space agencies explore the solar system, they take with them many of the ideas and concepts first described by Gerard P. Kuiper.
Books will be available for purchase, and there will be an author signing following the talk.
Astronomer Gerard P. Kuiper ignored the traditions of his field. Using telescopes and the laboratory, he made the solar system a familiar, intriguing place, creating a new discipline: planetary science. After founding the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona in 1960, Kuiper and his team helped to identify landing sites on the Moon for the Apollo program, among other important work in planetary science. Kuiper led the lab until his death in 1973. One of the buildings at LPL is named in his honor. Not just a biography of a single man, author Derek Searsshares the story our institution’s important role in exploration of the Moon and much more.
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