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Drake Observatory series lecture to examine the Apollo Project

July 10, 2009
News PhotoCONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834,

The summer lecture series at the Drake Municipal Observatory will continue on Friday, July 10, with a program titled "The Apollo Project."

The presentation will examine the hardware, innovations, success, near catastrophes, eventual boredom and lost funding of the Apollo Project.

The event will start at 9 p.m. in the observatory at 4898 Observatory Road in Waveland Park on the west side of Des Moines. Parking is available adjacent to the observatory.

The series, which is free and open to the public, will continue each Friday at 9 p.m. through July 17 with a non-technical, illustrated presentation by Charles Nelson or Herbert Schwartz of Drake University's Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Each presentation will be followed by the opportunity to view several stellar objects through the large refracting telescope and several smaller reflecting telescopes.

The programs are held regardless of the weather, although the selection for observation is subject to change due to sky conditions or other special circumstances.

Individuals, families and small groups are welcome to attend the presentations. A parent or responsible adult must accompany children.

The summer lecture series focuses on the moon -- in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing on July 20, 1969. The final lecture, titled " It Isn't Over Yet," will take place on July 17.

For more information, contact Drake's Department of Physics and Astronomy at 515-271-3141.