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Evening Lecture: Apollo in the Age of Aquarius

There will be a guest speaker giving 40-minute lectures starting at 7:15pm and repeating a second time at 8:30pm. Seating is limited in the auditorium, no tickets required, the gallery hall will also be open to self-guided tours.


The ‘race to the Moon’, culminating with the successful Apollo landings, helped to define the 1960’s. All things related to the effort to land on the Moon, permeated pop culture during the decade. From astronaut ice cream to David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ space permeated culture. However, there was another side to the 1960’s: the civil rights struggle, the antiwar movement, environmentalism, feminism, and the counterculture. In these movements the ‘race to the Moon’ was seen as a waste of money and NASA as supporting the military effort in Vietnam. These two sides of the tumultuous 1960s, and their intersection, will be explored.

Speaker Bio:

Dennis Crabtree is Director Emeritus of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO). He has worked at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (twice), the Gemini Observatory (based in Chile), and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. He grew up in the 1960’s and was fascinated with the space program, which probably led to his becoming an astronomer.