When: Wednesday 7th of August at 7.30 pm
Where: Space Place, Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn.
This month’s meeting will contain the following:
- Night sky in August
- Astronomy News
- Main talk at 8:00 pm
Are We Over the Moon? – Amber Joseph & David Wrench
Born nearly three decades after Apollo 11, Amber and Daniel have missed out on living through the most exciting period of human space exploration. But today’s young people are not lacking for activity in space – they live in an age of continuous human occupation of Low Earth Orbit, reusable rockets, and live webcasts of launches from New Zealand. Compare this to landing on the moon though, and one can’t help but question what happened to that dream.
This presentation by two leaders of the New Zealand Students’ Space Association will look at the influence of Apollo on the generation that can barely even remember the Space Shuttle, and consider how we can justify human space exploration going into the future.
Amber Joseph is a third-year student at Victoria University of Wellington, studying Software Engineering. Amber is also the National President of the New Zealand Students’ Space Association which she founded in 2018.
Daniel Wrench is in his third year at Victoria University of Wellington, studying Geology and Statistics. He is also the President of the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Students’ Space Association which he helped to found in 2018.
This presentation is part of our celebration of International Astronomical Union Centenary Celebrations. www.iau-100.org/moonlanding-celebrations-launch