On January 3rd, The Cape Cod Astronomical Society welcomes back Hugh Blair-Smith, an author and engineer at MIT’s Instrumentation (later Draper) Laboratory who contributed work to NASA’s Apollo missions. He’ll talk about what made the Space Race possible? And what did it achieve? The answers involve the history of three technologies—rockets, navigation, and computers—and how they were woven together by systems engineers to make Apollo and the Space Shuttle, significant contributions to winning the Cold War.
On December 26, he’ll appear in a PBS Nova show, Apollo’s Daring Mission, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8. Free and open to the public, the talk starts at 7:30 pm in the Dennis-Yarmouth High School Library.