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Monthly meeting and public astronomy lecture

November 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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The November meeting of the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club will feature a presentation by club member Dr. John R. Hobbs. of his experience in the trace chemical analysis of the Apollo II lunar samples. He will start by presenting the lives of two of his mentors from “The Greatest Generation”, who were instrumental in his participating in this effort. Then he will describe the Apollo II mission, where the samples were taken on the moon, and a description of the lunar rocks and soil. The analytical methods will be briefly discussed and the results of the analysis of the samples. Finally, he will discuss what these results suggested in 1970 and some new insights on the moon and where it came from.

Dr. Hobbs attained a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Rose Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire.  He received a National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the U.S. Army Materials Research Laboratory and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Chemistry Department at Cornell University.  He spent 30 years working for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, where he developed Airport Security Systems.


There will be a short ½ hour business meeting and refreshments prior to the presentation.


November 3, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Boxford Community Center
Corner of Middleton Rd & Elm St
Boxford, MA 01921 United States
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