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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.

LPL & Apollo Space Program - Part 1

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.

LPL & Apollo Space Program - Part 2

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.

Tour of Titan from Cassini-VIMS: 30 Years of Exploration

The Cassini/VIMS team, based at LPL, has created an unparalleled map of Titan, which is a culmination of nearly 3 decades of effort by a diverse team of dedicated people. This video commemorates our achievements—technical and artistic—and conveys in some small way the emotions felt by the group of dedicated people who worked on VIMS and Cassini-Huygens.

The Chelyabinsk Meteor Strike and Catalina Sky Survey

On the day of the Russian Meteor impact, Eric Christensen, an astronomer at the Catalina Sky Survey, stopped into Flandrau Science Center to give us more information on asteroids, meteors, and Near Earth Objects.

Catalina Sky Survey Upgrades

During the fall of 2008, the Catalina Sky Survey at the UA detected an object on an earthbound trajectory that ended up creating a fireball streak in the skies of Sudan. That's the survey team's job finding comets, asteroids and other objects. Formed in 1998 as part of a mandate from the U.S

How the Planets Got Their Spots

The workings of the solar system were once likened to the machinations of a precise clock, but the orbits of the planets haven’t always been so perfectly balanced. How did the planets end up where they are today?

Regents' Professor Alfred McEwen - IVO: Io Volcano Observer

Regent's Professor Alfred McEwen talks about the Io Volcano Observer mission.

The Coming Descent to Asteroid Bennu

After a year of circling close to near-Earth asteroid Bennu, the OSIRIS REx spacecraft is almost ready to dip down and collect a surface sample for return to labs on our home planet.