Moon Landing 50th Anniversary screening!

For All Mankind

saturday, july 20 AT 2:00PM | regular admisison prices

Blast off as The Loft Cinema celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a special screening of the award-winning documentary, For All Mankind, screened on the actual day of the Moon Landing in 1969! This Science on Screen event will feature an introduction by Dr. William Boynton, UA professor of Astrobiology Research, Cosmochemistry, Lunar Studies, Small Bodies and Geochemistry. Dr. Boynton analyzed Apollo samples after they were first brought back to Earth, and has been involved with recent work on the Moon. In between, he has built instruments for spacecraft traveling to a variety of places in the Solar System, including Mars.

Sponsored by the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium. Thanks to our community partners, UA Planetary Sciences and UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. This event is presented in collaboration with moonfest, taking place at now through July 20.

Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.    

“An astonishing visual spectacle!” – Caryn James, New York Times

 In July 1969, the space race ended when Apollo 11 fulfilled President Kennedy’s challenge of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” No one who witnessed the lunar landing will ever forget it. Al Reinert’s documentary For All Mankind is the story of the twenty-four men who traveled to the moon, told in their words, in their voices, using the images of their experiences. Fifty years after the first moon landing, it remains the most radical, visually dazzling work of cinema yet made about this earthshaking event. Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, this stunning documentary also features a memorable music score by rock composer Brian Eno, and portions of its incredible footage were later used by filmmaker Ron Howard for his 1995 feature film, Apollo 13. (Dir. by Al Reinert, 1989, USA, 80 mins, Not Rated)

Dr. William Boynton in a faculty member of the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, and is a professor of Astrobiology Research, Cosmochemistry, Lunar Studies, Small Bodies and Geochemistry. Dr. Boynton’s current research is centered on understanding the role of volatile materials, chiefly water, carbon dioxide and argon, as probes for planetary processes. Data from instruments on NASA missions, Mars Odyssey Gamma-Ray spectrometer (GRS), Phoenix Thermal and Evolved-Gas analyzer (TEGA), and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector (LEND) are used to map out the location of these volatiles, and in the case of Mars, to study their changes with season.

The GRS data are used to determine the changes of Ar in the atmosphere and of CO2 ice in the polar regions as probes of global atmospheric circulation. Data from this instrument, combined with those from TEGA, are also used to determine the extent and nature of subsurface ice on Mars. The data from LEND are used to determine the amount and location of hydrogen, presumably in some form of H2O or OH, in the lunar polar regions. This information is used to constrain processes for migration of water, perhaps delivered by cometary impact, or the formation of OH by reaction with H in the solar wind.