LPL Related Video

Apollo 11 in Arizona: Part 1

Celebrations of Apollo 11's historic moon landing 50 years ago conjure images of Houston and Cape Canaveral, but rarely Arizona. Yet the state played a pivotal role in preparing astronauts for moon missions — and in driving lunar science forward.

Apollo 11 in Arizona: Part 2

Celebrations of Apollo 11's historic moon landing 50 years ago conjure images of Houston and Cape Canaveral, but rarely Arizona. Yet the state played a pivotal role in preparing astronauts for moon missions — and in driving lunar science forward.

Apollo Space Program

Apollo, project conducted by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the 1960s and ’70s that landed the first humans on the Moon.

Distant Lens

Distant Lens, an original documentary short from Active Galactic, tells the unbelievable true story of how a scrappy group of planetary scientists at the University of Arizona put their knowledge to the ultimate test to provide NASA with the vital information they needed to send a man to the moon.

Moon Mapping Explained

Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Director and Planetary Sciences Department Head Tim Swindle explains why the Rectified Lunar Atlas was so important in planning for the Apollo Program.

Story of LPL Optician, Robert Waland

Learn the story of Robert Waland—a Dumfries (Scotland) born astronomical engineer who helped build the massive telescopes used by NASA to chart the Moon on the run up to the Apollo lunar landings. (Feb. 28, 2019)

The University of Arizona Mapped the Moon

University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins interviews Dr. Timothy Swindle, Director and Department Head of The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. They discuss the role that LPL played in the Apollo missions and the mapping of the Moon.

Mapping the Moon

The University of Arizona team imaged and mapped the lunar surface, which allowed them to understand the moon’s geology and NASA to choose landing sites for future robotic and Apollo missions. Gerard Kuiper, the father of modern-day planetary science, led the team and established the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona.