Part of the series Our Place in Space: The Ongoing Adventures of Us Among the Stars, presented in collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University. See all events in the series.
NASA recently announced that, in November 2024, a crew of four astronauts will fly a spacecraft from the Earth to the Moon, the first crewed mission to the vicinity of the Moon in more than fifty years. We will examine the previous lunar exploration project to provide some perspective on the current mission. In the 1960s, a "space race" was conducted between the United States and the Soviet Union to determine who would be the first to set foot on the Moon. We will look at the decisions that led to this race, some of the important missions and milestones that determined the winner, and the final results of this competitive approach to exploration. Tom Benson is a retired aerospace engineer from the NASA Glenn Research Center. Tom was a 22-year-old college student when Neil Armstrong took "one small step" on the Moon. He has an extensive library of books on the early space program and a collection of spacecraft models from that time which will be available for viewing.