Meteorite Gallery Lecture Series

Sunday, April 7, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Geology Building - Room 3656

Apollo Science Recollection

See below for additional information.


Free and open to the public.


Earth, Planetary and Space Science
(310) 825-2015


Additional Information

Speaker: Dr. Dimitri Papanastassiou, an expert in isotopic geochronology, recently retired from JPL.

The Apollo Program was a competitive race to the Moon. Science was inserted quite late. But, once inserted, it resulted in a revolution in planetary science, in the development of a wide range of new analytical techniques and of new ways to think about planetary evolution, including the Earth. Funding for planetary science became plentiful for a few years; it allowed the formation of multidisciplinary teams.

Dr. Papanastassiou was finishing his Ph.D. in Physics when the Apollo 11 samples came back and had the opportunity to work on them starting in September, 1969, and for every Apollo mission thereafter. He had developed a mass spectrometer uniquely capable of measuring lunar samples. 

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