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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting December 7, 2018

  • University of Toronto Mississauga 3359 Mississauga Road Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6 Canada (map)

The December 7th meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the Apollo 8 mission.

 Earthrise as seen from Apollo 8 in lunar orbit December 24, 1968

Earthrise as seen from Apollo 8 in lunar orbit December 24, 1968

Talk Title: Stories From Apollo 8

Speaker: Andy Chaikin 



December 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Apollo 8 Moon mission. Andy Chaikin will share stories from the historic mission including anecdotes from his interviews with the 3 Apollo 8 astronauts, and details on the mission’s origins and aftermath from his own in-depth research.

 The Apollo 8 crew - James Lovell, William Anders, Frank Borman

The Apollo 8 crew - James Lovell, William Anders, Frank Borman

Award-winning science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than three decades. Writer-director and explorer James Cameron (Titanic, Aliens of the Deep) called him “our best historian of the space age.”

 Author, Journalist, Space Historian Andrew Chaikin

Author, Journalist, Space Historian Andrew Chaikin

Chaikin is best known as the author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, widely regarded as the definitive account of the moon missions. First published in 1994, this acclaimed work was the main basis for Tom Hanks’ 12-part HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy for best miniseries in 1998. Chaikin spent eight years writing and researching A Man on the Moon, including over 150 hours of personal interviews with 23 of the 24 lunar astronauts (Apollo 13’s Jack Swigert was already deceased). Apollo moonwalker Gene Cernan said of the book, “I’ve been there. Chaikin took me back.”  



The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in room 120 in the Instructional Building. The meeting is open to the public and is free. Seating is limited - the room opens at 7:30. Seating is first come first served.

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of theDavis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs untilyou reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator,follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the mainfloor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room. Directions