June 1, 2009

MIT Symposium To Honor 40th Anniversary Of Moon Landing

-- Apollo luminaries, astronauts reflect on lessons for future

-- Buzz Aldrin, Chris Kraft, Ted Sorensen, John Holdren part of three-day MIT celebration

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which played a pivotal role in the 1969 voyage to the moon, will host a major symposium June 11 to mark the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. The "Giant Leaps" symposium will bring together many of the leaders of the Apollo mission, who will reflect on the overwhelming challenges they faced, how the moon landing changed a generation of scientists and engineers, and what the future holds for space exploration. They'll be joined by leaders in the fields of aerospace, aviation, energy and the environment, who will discuss how we might apply the lessons of Apollo to today's most pressing challenges, including global warming, climate change, and clean transportation.

Keynote: John Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President.

Featured speakers: Chris Kraft, Director of Flight Operations for Apollo; Ted Sorensen, President Kennedy's Special Counsel and Advisor; Richard Battin, Director of Apollo guidance, navigation and control system; Maria Zuber, head of the MIT Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; Richard Garriott, VP of Space Adventures; and many more.

Symposium agenda (also see below):

Other MIT Apollo events June 10-12; details:

- June 10: Memorial for Robert Seamans, one of the principal architects of Apollo

- June 11, evening: Buzz Aldrin/Boston Pops concert

- June 12, morning: Tours of MIT aeronautics labs

WHAT: Giant Leaps Symposium, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday June 11, 9:00am-5:45pm; Kresge Auditorium, across from main MIT entrance at 77 Massachusetts Ave.


Patti Richards, 617.253.8923; [email protected]