Join us on a fascinating journey into the past and present of lunar exploration with Dr. Philip Blanco, as we reflect on the monumental achievements of the Apollo program and the invaluable knowledge gained from our first steps on the Moon over 50 years ago. We will also explore the latest efforts to return to the Moon, with a renewed focus on establishing a more permanent presence and utilizing the Moon’s resources for scientific research and exploration. No longer content with just leaving ‘flags and footprints,’ today’s lunar explorers are paving the way for a sustainable and long-lasting presence on our nearest celestial neighbor.

Dr. Blanco teaches physics and astronomy at Grossmont College, and credits his interest in space science to his early memories of the moon landings. He has made astronomical observations at research observatories around the world, and worked under contract to NASA on an X-ray satellite mission.