Roger Launius, senior curator of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, will discuss “Why Go to the Moon: The Many Faces of Lunar Policy” in the Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium at Lawrence Technological University.
The Michigan section and LTU student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics are hosting this seminar about the Moon as a target for human exploration and eventual settlement. Launius will cover the more than 50 years of efforts to reach the Moon, highlighted by Apollo landings 1969-72. He will discuss efforts to make the Moon a second home, including post-Apollo planning, the Space Exploration Initiative, and problems and opportunities in the 2004 Vision for Space Exploration.
Launius is senior curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1990 to 2002. He has written or edited more than 20 books on aerospace history.