The Importance of the Moon

We would like to invite you to join us, the Royal Astronomical Society and the organising committee of the European Lunar Symposium for an exciting talk about the Moon with NASA’s Chief Scientist:

The Importance of the Moon: Past, Present, and Future

with Dr Jim Green, NASA Chief Scientist

on Monday 20th May, 6 to 7pm, at the University of Manchester.

Scientists believe that the Moon was formed out of a collision between the Earth with a Mars sized planet named Theia at a very early stage of the development of the solar system. From then on, the Earth and the Moon’s evolution have been intertwined. The Moon has kept the Earth’s rotational axis pointing in the same direction providing a significant level of stability for the Earth’s climate. Today, the Moon holds many fascinating mysteries for scientists to explore. Scientifically there has been a number of stunning advances in lunar science and a realization that going back to the Moon will provide scientists with the opportunity to accomplish transformational science in understanding the origin and evolution of our solar system. NASA’s future plan is to go to the Moon to stay and then onto Mars.

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Update 15/04/19 – Tickets are again sold out for this talk. We’ve already booked the largest lecture theater available to us, so can’t move again to a larger venue. If there are any cancellations those tickets will be made available to people on the waiting list.

About Sarah Crowther

I'm a Post Doc in the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group. I study xenon isotope ratios using the RELAX mass spectrometer, to try to learn more about the origins and evolution of our solar system. I look at a wide range of samples from solar wind returned by NASA's Genesis mission to zircons (some of the oldest known terrestrial rocks), from meteorites to presolar grains.
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