CONWAY — The Mount Washington Observatory’s “Science in the Mountains” summer series begins next week with a program in celebration the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Each Wednesday from mid-July through August, the observatory presents a free science program at the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway. All programs begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

Mirka Zapletal, director of education of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord will give a presentation on on the current state of space exploration as the Observatory celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which launched on July 16, 1969, and landed on the moon four days later on July 20.

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a planetarium and museum focusing on astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

This is the 12th year the Observatory has presented the Science in the Mountains lecture series, sponsored by the Alvin J. Coleman construction companies, with support from First Light. People are encouraged to arrive early to get a seat.

On July 24, the lecture will feature photographer Joe Klementovich with a program on “Connecting People with Science through Photography.”


Klementovich sits at the intersection of authentic photography and conservation science, and plans a talk about his many projects in New Hampshire and across the world.

Attendees may even learn a tip or two to add to their own photography toolbox.

On July 31, Olivia Saunders of UNH Cooperative Extension will give a talk on the status of honey bees and native bees in New Hampshire, and what role we can take to improve their survival. In addition, she will highlight local and regional efforts to improve pollinator health.

On Aug.7, legendary Mount Washington icon Martin "Marty" Engstrom will share stories from his long career working for WMTW-TV atop Mount Washington.

On Aug. 14, Mount Washington Observatory interns who work on weather and climate research on the summit of the Rockpile will talk about current projects and how their findings further the Observatory’s mission in the Home of the World's Worst Weather.

On Aug 21, Observatory Outreach Coordinator Will Broussard will talk about “The Year Without a Summer” in 1815, following the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Tambora. Broussard will explore the many natural and cultural impacts this event had on the world, including some in New Hampshire.

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