"On the Moon with Apollo 16"

Robert Law will be talking about "On the Moon with Apollo 16".  The talk will cover preparations for the flight, training astronauts, landing site Descartes and problems encountered during the flight. Also featured will be the astronauts' activities on the lunar surface and how Robert remembered Apollo 16, which was the Apollo mission he saw the most off.  Robert has met all three members of the Apollo 16 crew and attended several events with Charlie Duke, who also visited Airdrie Observatory.

Biography: Robert has been interested in spaceflight and astronomy since the age of 8 in 1968. The first space flight he watched live was Apollo 10 in May 1969, and has followed every space mission since then and has met many astronauts and cosmonauts and regularly attends astronautical events.  Robert joined the Paisley Astronomical Society in 1971 and attended his first ASG meeting in 1973 and joined in 1976. He served on Council for many years, was the observing section and Acer Road coordinator and also served as a vice-president. Work commitments in the Coats Observatory later limited his attendance at meetings.  Robert was also was the honorary curator at Airdrie Observatory from 1982 to 1987 and from 1999 to 2002 - the only person to have done this twice!  In 1990 Robert was offered a job at the Coats Observatory Paisley to run public viewing with the 10 inch Grubb telescope and show groups around the observatory, together with planetarium talks. He did this from 1990 to 2002 after which he became a visitor assistant at the Mills Observatory in Dundee, and since 2005 has being doing public observing with the 16 inch reflector, planetarium talks and showing group visits around.  Robert is also an honorary member of the Ayrshire Astronomical Society and the Airdrie Astronomical Association, where he is the observatory consultant.  He has also attended the space shuttle launches of STS-59 and STS-89, regularly visits Kennedy Space Centre and is planning to return in January.

The lecture will start at 1930.  Watch the lecture on The ASG Youtube Channel

A change to our lecture programme takes place for our February meeting when instead of members' night, the meeting will take the format of a Zoom speaker presentation.  The speaker will be Mr Martyn Wells, Optical Engineer of the UK Astronomy Telescope Centre, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, who will give a talk titled "MIRI - The (Nearly) Do Everything Mid-InfraRed Instrument on JWST!".  MIRI is the Mid-Infrared Instrument on the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope.

The lecture will start at 1930.  Watch the lecture on The ASG Youtube Channel

Martyn Wells has been based at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh since May 1995 where he now holds the position of optical engineer at the UK Astronomy Telescope Centre. He is the optics lead for the Mid-Infra Red Instrument on the recently-launched James Webb Space Telescope, a project he oversaw the optical design of, and in his talk he will detail its’ design, build and capabilities.

The Society has setup a YouTube channel to allow members and the public watch again those recent lectures that we have recorded from Zoom.  This collection will grow over time and it is hoped that once we can resume lectures in person at University of Strathclyde we will still be able to record and share lectures on YouTube.

Our upcoming livestreams can be found here and those for our monthly lectures will appear some hours in advance of each lecture.

Free online lecture by Dr Suzie Imber at the Royal Society.  Dr Suzanne Imber (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Leicester University) will be giving her Rosalind Franklin Prize Lecture to the Royal Society on 9 February on “Space weather and implications for life on other worlds”.
This public lecture will be followed by a live, virtual Q&A and is free to register to attend.

Dr Imber will discuss the role of space weather on planetary dynamics, with particular reference to the Earth and Mercury, extending to Venus, Mars and the giant planets.  In particular Dr Imber will consider how our understanding of space weather has changed over recent years, look forward to some exciting missions being planned for the next few decades, and discuss the extent to which we can apply our current knowledge to the study of the habitability of extra-solar planets.

Attending the event
This lecture will take place online as a Zoom webinar on 9 February at 6.30pm GMT. This event will be recorded (including the live Q&A) and the recording will be available on YouTube soon after the event.
The event is free to join. Advance registration is essential.
Live subtitles will be available.


Dr Queenie Chan answers questions after her successful lecture
entitled "Meteorites and the Search for Life", September 2019
Image: Paul Makin

The ASG's free public lectures for the 2021-22 session are as follows. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic our normal venue at University of Strathclyde is closed and public lectures will instead be held online via Zoom.  Access links for the Zoom sessions will be posted below before each lecture.  Some lectures can be watched again on the ASG's YouTube channel

All lectures start at 19:30