October 18, 2023 Program Meeting

Speaker: Neil Farber

Topic: Lunar Exploration: What We Did, What We Saw, What We Learned

Many people are not aware of the extensive investigation, both manned and unmanned, that NASA conducted of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. This talk will explore the unmanned landers and orbiters of the 1950s and 1960s, the six manned landings of the Apollo program, and the orbiters of more recent years. We will discuss what was seen and what we have learned about our Moon and our Solar System from these explorations.

This meeting will be held via Zoom. You can register in advance for the Zoom meeting at the following link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Neil J. Farber is a retired academic internal medicine physician. He obtained his undergraduate degree Cum Laude in Biology at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster Pennsylvania, in 1972, and was Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to get his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1976. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Farber practiced medicine for 40 years, teaching, researching and providing patient care in medical schools initially on the East Coast. For 12 years he was Professor of Clinical Medicine at University of California, San Diego, retiring at the end of April 2019. His academic interests are in education and teaching, especially in regards to patient-physician communication skills. He has received numerous awards, including Top Doctor of San Diego five times. He has published over 60 research papers, and has recently published a book. He is a docent, and Docent Training Coordinator, at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, with a special interest in space exploration.

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