Space Race Mathematics
“Rocket to the Moon”
Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)
On July 20, 1969, in one of the greatest feats ever achieved by the human race, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the Moon and became the first humans to walk on a celestial body other than Earth. Now, you can experience (or relive, for those old enough to remember) the sights and times of those days as well as other things “moon-related” in an exciting, immersive presentation. Join Dr. Kevin Bowman, Professor of Mathematics at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy at the University of Central Lancashire, as he explains not just the mathematics and science behind this adventure but also what it was like to live through those historic times. Strap in and join the race to the moon as you become an Apollo astronaut, meet the mighty Saturn V rocket, and embark upon your own epic voyage to a lunar landing!
“Apollo 13: Lucky for Some?”
Thursday, February 24 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)
On April 13, 1970, when the spacecraft Apollo 13 was more than 200,000 miles from Earth heading toward the Moon, a catastrophic failure occurred. There followed a chain of events which set off the greatest rescue ever attempted in the history of mankind. Take a journey back in time as Dr. Kevin Bowman, Professor of Mathematics at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy at the University of Central Lancashire, shows us what really happened — and why. Encounter the scientists and engineers who designed and built the spacecraft, an endeavor that pushed both humans and machines to their limits. With every decision a matter of life and death, discover how Mission Control put together a plan in their desperate attempt to save the lives of the crew of Apollo 13.
Appropriate for adults and children ages 7+.