“When is ‘Why Go to the Moon?’ at the Adler Planetarium?” by S.M. O’Connor

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum announced “Why Go to the Moon?” will occur at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2019. Roger Launius of Launius Historical Services and Margaret Huettl of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln will be the speakers.  “Why Go to the Moon?” is part of the Adler Planetarium’s APOLLO 11 CELEBRATION | JULY 18-20 (“CHOOSE THE MOON WITH THE ADLER”).

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.  A half-century later, five countries have sent spacecraft to the Moon and private companies are increasingly engaging in outer space exploration.

The Adler Planetarium stated, “The advancement of space science, the allure of profiting on lunar resources, and ideas for a permanent human presence on the Moon are raising attention. They also generate controversy and pose challenging questions.  Why go to the Moon?  Should we go back?  Who benefits and who pays for going to the Moon?  Join us for a conversation with space historian Roger Launius and historian of colonialism Margaret Huettl and share your questions and thoughts as to the past and future of lunar exploration.”

Roger Launius is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Academy of Astronautics, American Astronautical Society, and Royal Aeronautical Society.  His previous positions include Associate Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and Chief Historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.).  His recent books include Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned, published in 2013; and Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce, published in 2014.  He frequently provides expert commentary as a guest in print, broadcast, and electronic media.

Margaret Huettl, according to the Adler Planetarium, “is a scholar of Native American history and North American Wests, and her research examines Indigenous sovereignty and settler colonialism in a transnational context.  Her current project, ‘Ojibwe Peoplehood in the North America West, 1854-1954,’ explores Ojibwe or Anishinaabe sovereignty in the United States and Canada during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, centering her research on Anishinaabe ways of knowing.  Her research and teaching interests focus on Indigenous histories in North America, with a special interest in ethnohistorical methods and public history.”

Tickets are $10.  Click here to purchase tickets.  Please note that the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine e-newsletter stated this event begins at 7:00 p.m. but the Adler Planetarium’s Website states it begins at 7:30.

If you purchase an Adler Planetarium Membership from the 14th to the 31st of July, and you will receive $11 off if you use the code “APOLLO11.”  This offer excludes two-year memberships, Contributors-level memberships, and above.

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum is located on the Museum Campus at the northern end of the Chicago Park District’s Burnham Park.  The address is 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.

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