Sydney SpaceNet Events

The First Man on the Moon: Why Neil Armstrong?

2 April 2015, 7pm-8pm

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Sydney SpaceNet had Professor James R. Hansen present “The First Man on the Moon: Why Neil Armstrong?" of all the Apollo astronauts. The public lecture was well attended and had a very interesting and engaging Q&A session. The attendees had the chance to get their books signed by the author.

Public lecture by professor James R. Hansen "The First Man on the Moon: Why Neil Armstrong?"

Public lecture by professor James R. Hansen "The First Man on the Moon: Why Neil Armstrong?"

Why was Armstrong chosen to command Apollo 11 and also become the first person to step out onto the lunar surface? In the process of answering this question, Professor Hansen will also examine important aspects of Armstrong's life story, a life that began quietly in small-town America and developed into a celebrated career as a naval aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot and pioneering astronaut. In the conclusion to his talk, Dr. Hansen will address the question of the complex legacy left by this reluctant hero and first man on the Moon.

Dr. James R. Hansen is Professor of History and former Director of The Honors College at Auburn University in Alabama. He has special expertise on the history of the American astronaut corps, having authored the life stories of Neil Armstrong and John Young and directed a doctoral dissertation (now a published book) on the first class of women astronauts in the U.S. space program.

Hansen’s book ‘First Man’ is the first and only authorised biography of Neil Armstrong. With unprecedented access to private documents and more than 50 hours of interviews with Armstrong himself, Hansen produced the first in-depth analysis of this elusive American celebrity.