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On the 20th July 1969 a human being stepped on to the surface of the Moon for the first time ever, marking the culmination of a project that had lasted nine years, costs billions of dollars and involved the work of some 400,000 individuals. Though born out of the confrontational politics of the Cold War, many see it as one of the most unifying acts in the history of our species, and one of our greatest technological achievements.

This talk will chart the origins and progress of that project, from its birth in the Cold War conflict with the USSR, through the vast technological challenges that had to be identified and overcome, to the amazing team of men chosen to go to the Moon, and the thousands of organizations, companies, groups and individuals that made it possible.

Speaker: Brian MacGabhann
Brian has a keen interest in both history and astronomy. He is an ex chairman of the Galway Astronomy Club. He was involved in organising the annual astrofest and monthly club meetings for a number of years before stepping down from his position in 2018. Brian is involved in the running of Renmore History Society. He has given excellent talks to both clubs in the past and we are delighted to welcome him back for this talk.

All are welcome.