Special Collections: How Tucson Mapped the Way to the Moon and Planets

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Monday, April 25, 2016 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Special Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries, 1510 E. University Blvd.

The University of Arizona Press and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory join in hosting an all-star panel featuring groundbreaking scientists Peter Smith, Ewen Whitaker, and William Hartmann. The panel will be moderated by NPR science and technology reporter Melissa Sevigny, author of Under Desert Skies, with opening remarks from LPL’s Tim Swindle.

Under Desert Skies describes how a small lunar-and planetary-focused laboratory at the University of Arizona forged the field of planetary science at a time when few people studied the solar system. Spanning six decades, the book records the stories of the scientists who, with telescopes and spacecraft, transformed single points of lights into worlds that we can see, touch, study, and compare to Earth.

Melissa L. Sevigny grew up in Tucson, Arizona, with a deep love of the geology, ecology, and the clear desert skies of the Southwest. She is science and technology reporter for KNAU (Arizona Public Radio) in Flagstaff. Minor Planet (15624) Lamberton is named in her honor.