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Lecture 1: Introduction to Our Moon


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Lecture 1 of the course "Our Moon: From Imagination to Exploration." For more information, please visit

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Lecture 1: Introduction to Our Moon

  1. 1. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” —Plutarch Image: NASA/ASU (LRO) Our Moon From Imagination to Exploration
  2. 2. What does the Moon mean to you? Short writing prompt
  3. 3. Book
  4. 4. The Moon’s Surface Elevation LowHigh High Low Image: NASA/GSFC/ASU
  5. 5. July 20th, 2019 Cape Canaveral Florida 50 Years since Apollo 11 Moon landing
  6. 6. Image: NASA/ASU (LRO) A course about the Moon…?
  7. 7. Galileo (1609) Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (2010)
  8. 8. Date Day Holiday September 13th Friday Binara Full Moon Poya Day October 13th Sunday Vap Full Moon Poya Day November 12th Tuesday Il Full Moon Poya Day December 11th Wednesday Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day Image: Google Maps
  9. 9. “The hands are required to be in the cotton field as soon as it is light in the morning, and, with the exception of ten or fifteen minutes, which is given them at noon to swallow their allowance of cold bacon, they are not permitted to be a moment idle until it is too dark to see, and when the moon is full, they often times labor till the middle of the night. They do not dare to stop even at dinner time, nor return to the quarters, however late it be, until the order to halt is given by the driver.” 12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup
  10. 10. Viewing Plum Blossoms by Moonlight Ma Yuan Early 13th century
  11. 11. I Want! I Want! William Blake 1793
  12. 12. The Starry Night Vincent van Gogh 1889
  13. 13. Algeria Azerbaijan Comoros Laos Libya Malaysia Maldives Mauritania Mongolia Nepal Pakistan Palau Singapore Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uzbekistan CroatiaBrunei Iran
  14. 14. Wernher von Braun Estimated Death Toll 12,000 to 20,000 slave laborers 9,000 civilians & military in attacks V-2 Rocket World's first long-range guided ballistic missile Saturn V “I have very deep and sincere regret for the victims of the V-2 rockets, but there were victims on both sides”
  15. 15. “John Glenn did ask for the girl (referring to Katherine Johnson) to manually check the calculations generated by the electronic computers.”—NASA That “girl” was 43 years old1962 41 years old Katherine Johnson
  16. 16. Margaret Hamilton Nights & weekends would take her daughter to work at MIT Daughter mistakenly pushed a button that made the system crash She suggested that NASA add a safety protocol Told “astronauts are trained never to make a mistake” On Apollo 8 Jim Lovell makes the same mistake
  17. 17. A Trip to the Moon Georges Méliès 1902
  18. 18. Moonlight Sonata Beethoven (1801)
  19. 19. Image: MTV Image: National Air and Space Museum 2019 MTV Video Music Awards
  20. 20. Plagioclase 99% Other 1% CaAl2Si2O8 Image: NASA Adapted from Stewart et al. (1972) “Genesis Rock” (Sample 15415)
  21. 21. How did the Moon cool over time?
  22. 22. What does the Moon mean to you? Course Theme