On June 27, LPL hosted the first viewing of the film "Desert Moon," a documentary about some of the ways that southern Arizona was involved with the early days of the lunar exploration program in the 1960s. Naturally, a lot of it is about people who were at LPL at the time (e.g., Gerard P. Kuiper, Ewen A. Whitaker, Alan Binder, Charles Wood, Dale Cruikshank, William Hartmann). The film was produced by recent UA Journalism graduate Jason Davis as part of a NASA Arizona Space Grant graduate fellowship.
LPL's 2014 summer outreach event was themed "Everything Lunar: Celebrating the Past, Exploring the Future." The festivities were held on July 20 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing; approximately 600 guests attended.
Activities and exhibits were varied and included:
by Jamie Molaro
by Shane Byrne and Christopher Hamilton
Thanks to the generosity of donors, we were able to roam farther afield than usual this semester—much farther. The southwestern United States is gifted with exceptionally diverse geology, but there are some processes, such as active volcanism, that cannot be seen in our local area.