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"Project Apollo: To The Moon and Back, Half a Century Ago"

by Paul Evans Monday 11th February

Did you know Neil Armstrong was Irish??!! Come along to hear this and more at our Special Apollo Public Lecture.

About the Lecture


In 1961 President John F Kennedy was looking for a project which the Americans could use to regain the initiative in the Space Race having fallen behind the Soviet Union. His chosen goal was to commit the nation "to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a Man on the Moon and returning him safely to The Earth".  This is the story, beginning at the end of the Second World War, of how they got there.


About the Lecturer


Paul Evans was 7 years old when the Apollo missions started and although he had been aware of earlier missions, it was Apollo 8 which really piqued his lifelong interest in space and astronomy. He followed the Apollo missions through the first landing of the Apollo 11 to the final landing in 1972. 
Paul has lived in Northern Ireland since 2003 during which time he has photographed auroras, noctilucent clouds and many sky objects and has had his photographs displayed in numerous exhibitions and publications in the UK and Ireland. He has travelled extensively and has observed astronomical phenomena and visited space exploration facilities throughout the world. Paul was President of the Irish Astronomical Association for five non-consecutive years between 2012 and 2018.



After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard and we encourage all of you to come along for a chat.
All are welcome to attend and free food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.

Booking Information

Date Monday 11th February
Time 8:00p.m.

Physics Bldg, Physics Department , Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
There is an entrance on Lincoln Place (not far from the Merrion Square end of TCD). If you get the DART or bus to Pearse St, or drive. Use the Science Gallery entrance on Pearse Street (near the corner with Westland Row) There are maps here:  Here

Parking: Mark Street , Marks Lane , Lombard St. East .

Free Parking on the above streets after 7pm
Click HERE for a building map of Trinity College campus
Click HERE for Map of area

Admission €10 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
Tickets where possible should be booked in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night, please come along 15 minutes early to accommodate.

Book online below

Call 086 06 46 555 to book tickets over the phone using Debit/ Credit Card
Send a cheque/ PO/ Draft, made payable to Astronomy Ireland to PO BOX 2888, Dublin 5.


This lecture is also available to people nationwide on DVD.
To order a copy of the DVD simply:
Order by credit/ debit card online below OR
call 086 06 46 555
Alternatively post a Cheque or postal order to: Astronomy Ireland, PO. Box 2888, Dublin 5.
Cost: DVD's cost €10 each incl P&P (€5 Astronomy Ireland members)

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Acknowledgment: Astronomy Ireland would like to thank the TCD Astrophysics Research Group for hosting AI public lectures in Trinity College Dublin.









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