With a view to the past, analysis of the present and a look to the future, a new day of the traditional initiative will be held Star Fridays of Astronomy organized by the Department of Astronomy of the University of Concepción (UdeC), when the achievements and difficulties of the moon exploration.
Exposing the history of NASA’s efforts to reach the Moon through the Apollo missions and the current Artemis program, which has had several delays and where humanity is expected to establish permanent settlements on the natural satellite, is what will be addressed in the talk by the doctor Ricardo DemarcoUdeC Astronomy academic and member of the Center for Astrophysics and Related Technologies (CATA), whose interest in space exploration has led him to speak on several occasions about the importance of these issues.
“We are living in a historical time; we will be able to see live and direct manned missions back to the Moon, something that I did not have to experience, since I was not born for the Apollo missions in the ’60s. Returning to the Moon is not something trivial and the significance this time is to return to use it as an exploration base or even a stepping stone for deep space missions like Mars.”, explains the teacher.
The advances left by lunar exploration
Within all the characters, stories and key technological advances for space exploration, certain aspects stand out that still, more than 50 years after the first moon landing, continue to impact the daily lives of billions of people, such as the invention of the control process of quality in the production lines, due to the hundreds of tests to which the instrumentation and equipment of the missions were subjected.
“We would be technologically behind by decades if it were not for the boost that the Apollo program meant”.
In addition, the academic anticipates that during his talk he will seek introduce the participants to the details concerning the Artemisa program, which plans to take the first woman to the Moon, in addition to building a space station that orbits the satellite and serves as a base of operations for future missions.
The invitation is open to all public, whether or not they have prior knowledge of astronomy and astronautics, to come to the 7:00 p.m. to the Alamiro Robledo auditorium of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, located next to the Los Patos lagoon on the Penquista campus. No mask or mobility pass will be required based on the new ordinances of the Ministry of Health regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
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