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Earth and Moon

Episode 12:

with guest Dr. Jack Burns, University of Colorado

Dr. Jack Burns

"What does the Moon mean to you?" is the theme for this year's International Observe the Moon Night on October 8, 2011. Our neighbor in space has always fascinated us, both culturally and scientifically. Starting with the first human steps in 1969, six of 11 Apollo missions landed astronauts on the Moon to do a variety of science experiments, which continue today. For example, the Apollo lunar laser ranging experiment still exists, with scientists aiming lasers at reflectors on the Moon to measure its distance from Earth. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, LRO, has sent back highly detailed images showing the locations of those first missions and the science lab equipment that was so much a part of humanity's first steps off our home planet.

Scientists continue to explore the Moon, to understand its physical structure, and they plan to use it for future research in astrophysics and cosmology. In this episode of Astronomy Behind the Headlines, Dr. Jack Burns, of the University of Colorado's Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR), joins us to talk about lunar exploration and some exciting work his team is planning to do from the surface of the Moon.

To find out more about International Observe the Moon Night, go to: http://observethemoonnight.org/

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Past Episodes of Astronomy Behind the Headlines

Episode 1: Astrobiology with guest Chris McKay

Episode 2: Cosmic Debris with guest Peter Jenniskens

Episode 3: Water on the Moon with guest Brian Day

Episode 4: Impact on Jupiter with guest Heidi Hammel

Episode 5: Measuring the Black Hole with guest Shep Doeleman

Episode 6: Kepler and the Sun-like Stars with guest Dr. Natalie Batalha

Episode 7: Gamma Ray Bursts with guest Dale Frail

Episode 8: Supernovae with guest Alex Filippenko

Episode 9: Cosmic Chemistry with guest David Grinspoon

Episode 10: Galaxies in the Early Universe with guest Rogier Windhorst

Episode 11: The Active Sun with guest Phil Erickson