MPAS Meeting July 2021

Society monthly meeting recorded on 20210721 while COVID-19 restrictions prevented an in-person gathering to be held at The Briars Mount Martha observatory.

Meeting introduction and rundown of past month and upcoming events was given by the President, Dr. Peter Skilton.

A public video, courtesy of the Royal Institution in London, by Nobel Laureate, Emeritus Prof. Sir Paul Nurse was shown on the topic of “What Is Life?”.

Vice President, Mark Stephens, then presented “Sky for the Month”.

Other educational videos were shown by Peter Skilton as follows:

“Why Were There Missing Runs on the Lunar Lander’s Ladder?”, presented by Tim Dodd of the Everyday Astronaut YouTube channel.

“The Collision That Formed The Moon”, presented by Dr. Robin Canup, Southwest Research Institute.

“The Secret History of The Moon”, presented by John Boswell, melodysheep YouTube channel.

“Discovering Synestias, A New Astronomical Object”, presented by Prof. Sarah Stewart, University of California, Davis.

“Seeing Germs Spread”, presented by former NASA Engineer, Mark Rober, of his self-named YouTube channel.

A musical closure followed, showing the history of Human Evolution and the tree of life from the fossil record, by Dr. Briana Pobiner of the Smithsonian Institution, courtesy of the Tech Insider YouTube channel. Audio is of Evolution by bensound.com, used with permission.