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The RAHS in conjunction with the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology are presenting a talk on Thursday 20 June which delves into the history of the Apollo Mission Moon Landings.

Join independent space historian Kerrie Dougherty for a night of conversation about the challenge President Kennedy set NASA in 1961 to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth by 1970. This was a daring task to give an agency barely three years old; one that had, at the time, only flown a single astronaut on a suborbital mission. To meet this challenge, NASA initiated the Apollo lunar program. In this presentation Kerrie Dougherty will look at how NASA took the Apollo program from concept to reality in less than a decade, solving engineering, technical and scientific issues to win the greatest prize of the Space Race against the USSR, a successful landing on the Moon with the Apollo 11 mission.

About the speaker

Kerrie Dougherty is an independent space historian, author and freelance curator. Formerly Curator of Space Technology at the Powerhouse Museum, with over 30 years’ museum experience, Kerrie is also a lecturer in Space Humanities studies for the International Space University. A Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, she also serves on their History of Astronautics Committee. She is the author of “Australia in Space”, a comprehensive history of Australian space activities (published 2017) and the winner of the 2015 Sacknoff Prize for Space History.

Event details

Where: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
When: Thursday 20 June 5:30 – 7pm
Cost: RAHS / ASHET Member $10 / Non-Members $12
Contact: P: (02) 9247 8001 E:

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Image credit: Astronomy: a diagram of the phases of the moon, and the rings of Saturn. Engraving. Credit: Wellcome CollectionCC BY