Award-winning science journalist talks about Apollo 8 on 50th anniversary of mission

Award-winning science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin will discuss the decisions behind the historic Apollo 8 mission Friday, 50 years after its first flight around the moon.

Andrew Chaikin

The free public talk will take place on Dec. 7 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in 106 Life Sciences Building, Keele Campus.

Apollo 8’s first flight around the moon was in December 1968. Chaikin will look at the impact that flight had on the race between the United States and the Soviet Union to land on the moon before the end of the 1960s.

Chaikin has written about space exploration and astronomy for more than three decades, and was executive editor of space and science at He is the co-author and author of several books, including the three-volume A Man on the Moon series: One Giant Leap; The Odyssey Continues; and Lunar Explorers.

Writer-director and explorer James Cameron (Titanic, Aliens of the Deep) called him “our best historian of the space age.”

The event is hosted by the Faculty of Science, the Lassonde School of Engineering and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.