Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]lliams.edu

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., July 18, 2019—Williams College’s Department of Astronomy will host a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing with a talk and film screening on Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m., in Wege Auditorium. This event is free and open the public.

Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy Jay Pasachoff will open the celebration with a discussion on his experience at Cape Canaveral for the launch of Apollo 17, the last crewed mission to the moon, and share his photos from the historic event. He will also discuss the current state of lunar science and show a recent animated mapping of the moon from the NASA spacecraft Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Following Pasachoff’s talk, a screening of the recent documentary Apollo 11 will be shown at 8 p.m. in collaboration with Williams College senior Connor Marti ’20. In addition, if weather permits, Kevin Flaherty, lecturer in astronomy, will offer visitors a view of the moon through telescopes from the roof of the college’s Thompson Physics and Astronomy Laboratory.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map