Apollo Science: A Personal Retrospective

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Speaker: Keith Wright

Date: 3 April 2013
Start Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN. (www.brlsi.org)

This is a meeting of the South West BIS group. The meeting will be held in association with the William Herschel Society.

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on the moon. He has just deployed the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP). This is a good view of the deployed equipment. In the foreground is the Passive Seismic Experiment Package (PSEP); beyond it is the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector (LR-3); in the center background is the United States flag; in the left background is the black and white lunar surface television camera; in the far right background is the Lunar Module (LM).

Keith Wright FBIS will give a talk describing the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Packages which were flown on the Apollo missions and deployed on the Moon by the Astronauts. The talk covers the Apollo 11 to 17 missions. It will also include details (including a number of unpublished photographs) of the experiment package pre-launch operations in which he was personally involved, coverage of the lunar deployment activities, and a summary of some of the scientific results.

Biography

Born 29th April 1940. He has been a space enthusiast since he was in his early teens. He joined the British Interplanetary Society in 1955 and was elected a Fellow in 1971. He is currently a member of the BIS Council.

Between 1959 and 1961 he studied physics and applied maths at the University of Nottingham. Following university he joined De Havilland Propellers in 1961 as a Trials Assistant working on Blue Streak trials and launch operations. He and his family moved to the USA in 1966 to work for Bendix Aerospace Systems on the pre-launch operations for the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package. In 1972 he returned to the UK to work for Hawker Siddely Dynamics as Quality and Safety Assurance Manager on Europe’s Orbital Test Satellite. In 1975 he joined ESA-ESTEC as systems safety engineer on the Spacelab Program. Following the first two Spacelab missions he moved to the Product Assurance and Safety Department where he was Section Head responsible for the development of ESA’s system safety assurance requirements for human space flight. He took early retirement from ESA in 1994.

Entrance fee: £2 for members of the BIS, William Herschel Society or the BRLSI. £4 for non-members.

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