Moonshot: Looking Back at Apollo

Apollo 11 Liftoff
Image: NASA

The Astronomical Society of Glasgow's next public lecture for the 2019 - 2020 session will be Thursday 17th October, when Mr Robert Law of the Mills Observatory, Dundee will be presenting "Moonshot: Looking back at Apollo"

The lecture programme will start promptly at 7:30pm.

This lecture will take place in Room 6.41, Royal College, Strathclyde University

Mr Law's lecture will cover why we went to the moon, how to get there, how we saw it in the UK on TV, a look back at the flight preparations for Apollo 11, and a review of the actual mission of Apollo 11.


I have been interested in spaceflight and astronomy since the age of 8 in 1968. The first space flight I watched live was Apollo 10 in May 1969 and I have followed every space mission since then. Over the years I have met lots of astronauts and cosmonauts and regularly attend astronaut events. I am due to meet Col. Jack Lousma of Skylab and STS 3 on 4th October 2019.

I joined the Paisley Astronomical Society in 1971, attended my first ASG meeting in 1973, and first joined the society in 1976. I served on the council for many years, led the Observing section and coordinated Acre Road events, and was at one point Vice President. However work commitments at the Coats Observatory limited my attendance at meetings.

I was the Hon Curator at Airdrie Observatory from 1982 to 1987 and from 1999 to 2002 – the only person to have done this twice!  in 1989 I was offered a job at the Coats Observatory Paisley to conduct public viewing with telescope, to show groups around the observatory, and to conduct Planetarium talks. I did this from 1989 to 2002. In 2002 I became a visitor assistant at the Mills Observatory and since 2005 have being doing the public observing with the 16inch reflector, Planetarium talks, and showing group visits around.

I am an honorary member of the Ayrshire Astronomical society and the Airdrie Astronomical Association, where I am also the observatory consultant.

I attended the STS 59 and STS 89 shuttle launches and regularly visit Kennedy Space Centre, the most recent visit being January this year.


The lecture will take place in Room 6.41, Royal College, Strathclyde University.  Access is via the Montrose Street entrance, take the lift to Level 3, exit the lift (turning left) and take the 2nd (furthest away) set of steps, and go through the double glass doors.  Room 6.41 is on your left approximately half way along the corridor.