Everything Lunar: Celebrating the Past, Exploring the Future

When: July 20, 2014 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sunday, July 20 marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Join us at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory to celebrate UA contributions to lunar missions and to learn about current research in preparation for the next step in space exploration – sustaining life on the Moon with a lunar greenhouse.

This is a free, family event! We'll have activities for children, exhibits about the moon and lectures.

Tours of the University of Arizona Electron Microprobe Lab will be held at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Activities and exhibits for all ages will be related to physics, robotics, meteorites, rockets and Apollo mission hardware.

Lecture schedule:

  • 11 a.m. "Desert Moon," a documentary film by Jason Davis, tells the story of the origins of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and its contributions to the Apollo missions.
  • 1 p.m. "Creating a Lunar Greenhouse" featuring professor Gene Giacomelli, director of the UA Controlled Environment Agriculture Center.
  • 2:15 p.m. "Studying the Apollo Lunar Samples Four Decades Later" featuring professor Timothy D. Swindle, head and director of the Department of Planetary Sciences and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.
  • 3:15 p.m. "The Future of Space Travel" featuring the Paragon Space Development Corporation.

Scientists available for question/answer:

  • Spencer Titley, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Geosciences, trained the Apollo astronauts-to-be about the geology of the moon and gave them field experience with moon-like geological features at Arizona's Meteor Crater and other locations.
  • Ewen Whitaker, retired research scientist from the Department of Planetary Sciences and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, worked with Gerard Kuiper to produce lunar atlases in preparation for the Apollo landings. He is an expert on lunar nomenclature and author of "Mapping and Naming the Moon."
  • Jim Scotti, research specialist senior for Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Space Watch.
  • Veronica Bray, associate staff scientist for the Department of Planetary Sciences and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, works on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team.
  • Julia Bodnarik, post-doctoral research associate for the Department of Planetary Sciences and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, uses lunar exploration neutron detectors onboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to understand hydrogen migration on the moon.
  • Dolores Hill, a senior research specialist for the Department of Planetary Sciences and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, analyzes meteorites.

The event will also feature:

  • Scott Schneeweis
  • Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association
  • Titan Missile Museum
  • Pima Air and Space Museum
  • Planetary Science Institute
  • The Postal History Foundation
  • UA Museum of Art
  • Paragon Space Development Corporation
  • UA Special Collections
  • Caryl Jones (National Optical Astronomy Observatory)

No food will be available for purchase. If you are spending the day at our event, please consider bringing snacks and drinks. There will be seating available for breaks.

Audience: All


Campus: Main Campus


Contact info & links


Maria Schuchardt Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact: Maria Schuchardt