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PSI's Ryan Watkins Presents at Museum of Flight's Lunar Block Party

Ryan with Apollo 11 capsule

PSI’s Ryan Watkins, second from left, and fellow NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter scientists Sara Mazrouei, Angela Stickle, and Shane Thompson, with the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia. 


PSI Research Scientist Ryan Watkins celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing at the Museum of Flight's Lunar Block Party in Seattle, Washington. This event was held alongside the Smithsonian's traveling Destination: Moon exhibit, which highlights the beginning of the Apollo program and features the Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia. As part of the Lunar Block Party event, Ryan and other Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) scientists gave mini-talks on science being done by LRO and ran a booth featuring lunar images, data, and activities. Ryan's talk focused on selecting future landing sites for a return to the Moon. PSI provided a 3D model of the Apollo 11 landing site and several interesting images and activities for the event, which attracted about 10,000 people over three days. 

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Ryan Watkins discusses using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data to select landing sites for future lunar missions at the Museum of Flight's 50th Anniversary of Apollo celebration. Credit: Rose Borden.

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Museum of Flight Lunar Block Party attendees assemble 3D puzzles of lunar surface features at the Museum of Flight's 50th Anniversary of Apollo celebration. Credit: Ryan Watkins.



Aug. 18, 2019
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