Let's Go to the Moon with Dennis Wingo + Casey Harper
Thursday, February 2 | 7-8pm | Free with Admission to NUMU
“Let’s Go to the Moon!” In 1960, president Kennedy challenged the country to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In order to reach this daunting goal, NASA needed high-res photographs of the lunar surface to pinpoint the first Apollo moon landing. The images taken by the unmanned Lunar Orbiter in 1966 were almost lost to history until 2008, when a band of rogue scientists and some twelve-year-old summer interns worked together to save them in an abandoned McDonald’s building on the NASA campus. Come hear this lively tale of how this team saved lunar image history.
Mackenzie "Casey" Harper is the current Project Lead for LOIRP, where she began working as an intern in 2008 at age 12. LOIRP is where she developed her love for how engineering, machinery, and how things work. She then became fulfillment manager on the ISEE-3 Reboot Project in 2014, before becoming the LOIRP Project Lead. She will study robotics engineering at UCSC.