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Sharp Minds Lecture Series  

Start the month the smart way, by attending a Sharp Minds lecture at the Fleet Science Center. At Sharp Minds, you’ll hear from local scientists about their latest research and discoveries in a friendly, inviting environment. These lectures address hot topics on the first Monday of every month and are held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Lecture is free with a general admission ticket or a Senior Monday ticket.


September 5
No Lecture in observance of Labor Day.

October 3

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Lecture

12 noon Show: HUBBLE

Topic: Stepping Stone to the Moon: Project GEMINI

When President Kennedy announced in 1961 that an American would be on the Moon "before this decade is out", the United States still hadn't even sent a man into orbit! Even after the Mercury astronauts made their first pioneering flights, it was clear that a lot more experience was needed before the lunar 'Apollo Project' could get off the ground. Spacewalks, endurance missions, orbital rendezvous and docking, orbit changing, work in space -- all of these techniques needed to be mastered if there was to be hope of "sending a man to the Moon and bringing him safely back to Earth."

Enter Gemini, the two-seat spaceship that could. In 1965 and 1966, an unprecedented 12 missions were sent into space, forever opening up the planets to human exploration.

Join award-winning space historian Gideon Marcus for a whirlwind tour of one of America's most successful and important space programs!