Public Star Night 16 August 2019 – “Space Race 2019: China, Israel, & India on the Moon”

Our guest speaker is Dr Suzanne Metlay, full-time faculty at Western Governors University, and the title of her presentation is “Space Race 2019: China, Israel, & India on the Moon”.

While the United States plans to return to lunar exploration in the next few years, China’s Yutu-2 rover is already there, Israel pioneered its Beresheet mission, and India will land the Chandrayaan-2 rover on Earth’s Moon in early September. Let’s review lunar science basics and look ahead to America’s Moon2Mars and Artemis missions.

Suzanne Metlay is full-time faculty in Geoscience Teacher Education at Western Governors University, a fully online non-profit university founded in 1997 by 19 governors of western states, including Colorado. Previously, Suzanne taught astronomy and geology at Front Range Community College in Longmont and Fort Collins, was Operations Director for Secure World Foundation in Superior, and served as Education Programs Manager at CU-Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium. Currently, Suzanne is President of the Teacher Education Division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

Suzanne has a BA in History and Science from Harvard University and a PhD in Geology and Planetary Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal from the Department of the Navy and National Science Foundation for fieldwork conducted as a participant in the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) in 1991.

Weather permitting after the presentation, visitors will be invited to look through our large telescope at various celestial objects. Public star nights are held the third Friday of each month, except July, when we are closed for annual maintenance.

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