Project information

2011 - Apollo Astronauts

To bring two Apollo Astronauts to Airdrie (two separate events)and have them lecture to over 700 schoolchildren each time
Al Wordon Apollo 15
Sy Liebergot Apollo 13
By meeting legendary Apollo figures who were part of mankinds greatest adventure children are inspired to follow in their footsteps

May 2011 - October 2011

Charity information: Airdrie Astronomical Association

Airdrie Astronomical Association logo
  • Need


    Airdrie Astronomical Association is very proud of its heritage as a provider of free astronomy classes dating back to 1896. However the high unemployment of the area recently has left many children with low aspirations. The Public Observatory of which we are curators needs to have high usage figures to maintain our position as a precious local resource freely available to the public and some local children are unmotivated and disengaged from learning which can lead them to wrong choices


    By reaching out to school children of the area we can spark a passion for space and science and motivate the children to see that they can in fact aim for the stars and get there. By allowing the children to submit questions in advance they research the subject and get interested and involved. Then by getting involved in our free association activities, we can encourage and nurture the fledgling passion in the young generation so that the heritage of amateur astronomy in Airdrie can continue

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To bring two Apollo era astronauts to Airdrie.


    » May 20 2011 - Al Worden, CMP of Apollo 15, will talk to and meet 700+ local schoolchildren in a lecture and question session.
    » SEPT 30 2011 - Sy Liebergot, EECOM of Apollo 13 and other missions, will talk to and meet 700+ local schoolchildren in a lecture and question session.

    What success will look like

    By a series of feedback and consultation forms. Schools will give feedback on the impact meeting legendary Apollo heroes on the children and how it raised their aspirations

    Aim 2

    Promote the advancement of amateur astronomy, science and the the free services offered by our group


    » Promoting the events in schools, libraries and other educational faciities,the children research and decide what questions they will put to astronauts

    What success will look like

    Success will be the continued growth and popularity of our group as a free resource by increased demand for our unique services as curators of Airdrie Public Observatory

  • Impact


    The event will see the Apollo astronauts talk about when mankind went to the moon.
    From this, we expect many of the children to be encouraged to see science as a worthwhile and achievable subject of study and motivate them to see science as an achievable and worthwhile goal via their own experiences.
    As curators of a public observatory we hope to nurture those children who develop an interest to see being an astronaut or or worker in the space or science industry as realistic to all.


    Problems with flights, age of Apollo-era astronauts - possible ill health.

    We have already bought insurance for the unlikely event of a cancellation.


    By project assessment forms. Donors will receive a report on our progress as we go towards the events. We will report also on how our usage figures at the public observatory have increased esp by children. These will include references recorded from those who attended and feedback from the schools

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,750

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,875 Al Worden Astronaut fees, expenses and travel
      £4,875 Sy Liebergot Astronaut fees, expenses and travel
  • Background


    Scotland, North Lanarkshire, Airdrie. Despite being an area of social deprivation, Airdrie has a rich tradition in the area of astronomy. The public observatory of which we are curators was established by a local benefactor in 1896 and moved to its current location in Airdrie Public Library in 1925. Our association has provided a nurturing environment and support for children interested in science from our members who are all volunteers with a passion for the subject.


    Local schoolchildren from the North Lanarkshire area. The children will have the opportunity to develop an interest in astronomy , space and science. Airdrie is a recognised area of social deprivation so we will be on hand to provide support via our weekly meetings which are provided free to the public.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our group has been present in our town for 115 years, carrying out astronomy and science lectures and running the towns Public Observatory. In 2010 we attracted Apollo 16 Moonwalker Charlie Duke to the town and have a track record of success in these events.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Paul Clark / Volunteer

    Treasurer andVarious tasks on the day of the event ie coordination and guidance.