Events Calendar

Public Lecture - Apollo 50
Thursday 18 February 2021, 19:30 - 21:00

Robert Law will give a Zoom / Youtube lecture looking back to the Apollo 14 and 15 missions, 50 years ago. He will detail each mission from prelaunch preparations to splashdown. He will look at the astronaut crew and the flight plan and what both missions achieved on the Moon and will talk about his personal experience of watching those missions at the age of 11.

Watch on Youtube https://youtu.be/7rDcMgzVWXQ 

The lecture will start promptly at 1930 with some Society administration from approximately 1915.

Professional Bio: Robert Law has been interested in spaceflight and astronomy since the age of eight in 1968.  The first space flight he watched live was Apollo 10 in May 1969 and he has followed every space mission since then.  Over the years he met lots of astronauts and cosmonauts and regularly attends astronaut events.  Robert joined Paisley Astronomical Society in 1971 & attended his first ASG meeting in 1973, joining the Society in 1976.  He served on Council for many years & was the observing section and Acre Road Observatory liaison.  He was, at one point, a Vice President but work commitments at Coates Observatory limited his attendance at meetings. He was the honorary Curator at Airdrie Observatory from 1982 to 1987 and from 1999 to 2002.  In 1989 he was offered a position at Coats Observatory, Paisley becoming responsible for public viewing sessions with the 8” telescope, showing groups around the observatory and giving Planetarium talks.  In 2002 he became a visitor assistant at Mills Observatory in Dundee and since 2005 has been delivering public observing sessions with the 16inch reflector, giving Planetarium talks and showing visitors around.  He is an honorary member of the Ayrshire Astronomical Society and Airdrie Astronomical Association where he is an observatory consultant.  He has attended the Shuttle launches STS 59 and STS 89 and regularly visits Kennedy Space Centre, the last time in January last year, and is planning his next trip in November for the SLS launch (COVID-19 permitting).