LPL & Apollo Space Program, Part 1: Mapping the Moon for Apollo 11

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. 

Dr. Gerard Kuiper and Ewan Whittaker, two brilliant and sometimes eccentric lunar scientists, were thrust to the forefront of exploration when they were tasked with taking the first up-close
photographs of the moon's surface and mapping the moon for the eventual Apollo 11. 

With increasing pressure from the government and a string of technical issues, Kuiper and Whittaker operated on the cutting edge of planetary science, laying the groundwork for one of the greatest achievements ever made by humankind. 

Topic(s)

Science topics

Date

July 18, 2019

Object(s)

Moon

Mission(s)/Instrument(s)

Apollo