‘Thursdays at the U’ to host former NASA engineer Oct. 31

Is space travel in your future? Have you ever wondered how we got to the moon and back?

Jim Adams

Jim Adams

Jim Adams, a former NASA aerospace engineer, will present “How We Got to the Moon” during UW-Eau Claire – Barron County’s "Thursdays at the U" series Oct. 31. The presentation will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus.

Adams, who worked on the Gemini and Apollo space missions and for the Department of Defense, will use models and photos to describe the first lunar landing and its safe return to Earth. While with NASA at the space center in Houston, Texas, he worked in the area of spacecraft re-entry trajectory analysis. While working for the Department of Defense, Adams was involved with software development and ground-station operations for aerospace data systems.

Following his NASA work, Adams taught math, physics, computer science, aeronautics, astronomy and other courses at Chetek High School for 24 years. He will share his story of a small-town boy who, with the guidance of a college professor, followed his dream of becoming an aeronautical engineer and, ultimately, assisting in the great adventure of leaving planet Earth to explore the moon.

Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy as you listen to our speaker. The Riverside Café, located in the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Student Center, is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the academic year.

The series is free and open to the public, thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.

For more information about "Thursdays at the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at tollefla@uwec.edu or 715-788-6216.