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Observatory series to focus on lunar exploration

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The summer lecture series at the Drake Municipal Observatory will conclude on Friday, July 17, with a presentation titled “It Isn’t Over Yet.”

The non-technical, illustrated presentation will discuss the recent resurgence of lunar exploration by foreign countries, the U.S.’s plan to return to the Moon and even plans to stay there.

The event will begin 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.

Following the presentation by Charles Nelson or Herbert Schwartz of Drake University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, the public is invited to view several stellar objects through the large refracting telescope and several smaller reflecting telescopes.

The program will be 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.

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