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Kuiper and Apollo

A Talk for the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Landing

Author Derek Sears presents the new biography Gerard P. Kuiper and the Rise of Modern Planetary Science (University of Arizona Press, 2019). It describes the life of a man who lived through some of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century and ended up creating a new field of scientific research, planetary science. As NASA and other space agencies explore the solar system, they take with them many of the ideas and concepts first described by Gerard P. Kuiper.

Books will be available for purchase, and there will be an author signing following the talk.


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