Dear UC Astronomers,
On August 1st, the IEEE will
dedicate a bronze plaque at Lick Observatory's Shane Telescope
honoring Lick's Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment (LURE).
LURE measured the distance to the moon using a retroreflector
emplaced there by the Apollo 11 astronauts.
This is a
very nice honor from the IEEE.
LURE joins the varied and
notable ranks of other IEEE Milestone honorees.
are the reception of the first transatlantic radio signals,
the first semiconductor integrated circuit, the first atomic
clock, Moore's Law,
the first public demonstration of
television, high temperature superconductivity,
interactive video games. Quite a nice crowd to be associated
with, if you ask me!
I want to call your attention to
two nice press releases related to the event:
Lick Observatory commemorates Apollo 11 experiment on 50th
anniversary describes the plaque
and the laser ranging
technology used to measure the distance to the moon.
anniversary: Lick Observatory scientists recall landmark
experiment 40 years ago,
in which UC scientists who were
present at the laser ranging event describe how the experiment
was rapidly put together for NASA, and what it has meant to
them on a more personal level.