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Apollo to the Moon with F. Don Cooper

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Over fifty years ago, NASA launched Apollo 11 to the moon. What did it take to accomplish this historical mission?

Hear an account from one of NASA's many scientists who helped make that dream a reality. Retired NASA physicist F. Don Cooper will share his experiences in creating the technology to launch Apollo 11 and how his team assisted in bringing the Apollo 13 crew home in 1970.

  • Part 1: "To the Moon & Back" - 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Part 2: "Saturn Vehicle Guidance Equations" - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

(In Part 2 of Cooper's program about the Apollo missions, he will talk more specifically about how geometry, algebra, calculus, and classical mechanics were used to produce the Saturn V guidance equations.  Cooper will explain what the guidance equations were, how they were derived, who created them, and how well they worked.  Students who are considering a career in a STEM-related field will gain insight into how mathematics and physics can be used to solve real-world problems.)

Seating is limited, so please plan to arrive early.