Exploring Space Lectures

Solar Science at Skylab’s Launch

Apr 8 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Museum in Washington, DC
Free, Tickets Required

6:30 pm - PRE-LECTURE: View a free film in the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater or Albert Einstein Planetarium; participate in educational programming
7:30 pm - PRE-LECTURE: Meet the lecturer
8:00 pm - Lecture begins
9:00 pm - Stargazing in the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, weather permitting. 

In the 50 years preceding Skylab, scientists had gained a fairly strong understanding of the Sun’s constitution and dynamics. What they really needed for continued study, however, was sustained, high-resolution observations of the Sun’s X-ray and ultraviolet radiations that could only be made from beyond the Earth’s obscuring atmosphere. In this lecture Karl Hufbauer will discuss how the Skylab project enabled solar scientists to partner with NASA to collect these valuable data.

The Exploring Space lectures are made possible by the generous support of Aerojet Rocketdyne and United Launch Alliance.