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Thursdays at the U Lecture and Performance SeriesIs space travel in your future? Have you ever wondered how we got to the moon and back? Jim Adams, on Thursday, Oct. 31 from noon-1, will use models and photos to take the audience along on the first lunar landing and its safe return to Earth. His presentation, in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (R234) at the UW Eau Claire-Barron County, describes the rockets used to get astronauts from liftoff to travelling at speeds fast enough to escape the earth’s gravitational pull, then coasting to the moon. He will use NASA photos and videos to help the audience visualize the lunar landing and exploration. The lunar mission, while necessarily complex, will be discussed in a manner understandable to all ages. He will even include a few personal lessons learned along the way. Jim Adams spent 12 years as an aerospace engineer, working on the Gemini and Apollo space missions and for the Department of Defense. While with NASA at the space center in Houston, Texas, he worked in the area of spacecraft re-entry trajectory analysis. While working for the Department of Defense, Adams was involved with software development and ground station operations for aerospace data systems. For 24 years, he taught math, physics, computer science, aeronautics, astronomy, and other courses at Chetek High School. He will share his story of a small town boy who, with the guidance of a college professor, followed his dream of becoming an aeronautical engineer and, ultimately, participated in man’s great adventure to leave planet Earth and explore the moon. Adams’ talk is part of the Thursday at the U Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public, thanks to financial support from the campus Foundation. The campus is located at 1800 College Drive in Rice Lake. You can bring your lunch to enjoy as you listen, or grab lunch at our Campus Riverside Cafe which serves 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Jan 9 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
UW-Eau Claire – Barron County