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Friends of the RAS Only Lecture: The Stories of Apollo: A Private Collection of Rare Artefacts from the NASA Missions to the Moon
 
The Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly
LONDON
W1J 0BQ
Start Time: 19 Jan 2017 - 18:00
End Time: 19 Jan 2017 - 19:00

FRIENDS LECTURE: Thursday, 19 January 2017
The Stories of Apollo: A Private Collection of Rare Artefacts from the NASA Missions to the Moon
Dr Michael Warner/Mark Yates
6 – 7pm, RAS Lecture Theatre (no booking required)

 

There can be little doubt that the live television broadcasts, 16mm silent movies and the Hasselblad still photographs brought back from the moon are one of the most memorable and important human legacies of the twentieth century. To those of us born during or after the Apollo programme – these videos and photographs have been the only means of directly identifying with this great achievement.

This lecture will introduce a number of Apollo era artefacts a couple of which have made the 240,000 mile journey to the moon and back again. This lecture will feature these flown items complete with photographs and supporting audio of their use, to show that some 40 years later they still have a fascinating story to tell.

 

Following the lecture, Friends will be able to look at the artefacts on display in the Library and Michael and Mark will be on hand to answer any questions that may arise.

 

Dr Michael Warner is Director of an advisory and training firm working in developing countries on job creation. He is the owner of a private collection of historic Apollo mission artefacts, including documents used in training for Apollo 11, in earth's orbit to test the lunar module and to navigate to the moon, as well as the manifest upon which the lunar rock samples for Apollo 17 were recorded following each of the astronauts' moon walks. The collection also includes rare NASA memos providing new insights into the failed mission of Apollo 13. Although having clear memories of the landing of Apollo 11 when aged 6, Dr Warner's interest as a collector goes back only to 2013, when an Act of Congress made legal the right of private collectors to own Apollo mission artefacts. The full collection can be viewed on-line. The presentation today is of a small selection from the collection, brought to life with video, audio and written transcript archives taken from the flight plans of the Apollo missions.

 

Mark Yates is a Physicist working for twenty years in the in the Offshore sector of the Oil and Gas Industry working in the field of Process Safety Management – the management of high consequence - low probability events. Since the age of six he has had a passion for space research and exploration, with a particular emphasis on the Apollo Moon Landings of the late 60's and early 70's. Born after the famous mission of Apollo 11 – it was only by reference to books and television programmes that he was able to retrospectively learn about and identify with these great achievements. That has changed recently due to a small collection of Apollo era artefacts, a couple of which have made the 240,000 mile journey to the moon and back again. This lecture will introduce some of these items and show that some 40 years later they still have a fascinating story to tell.