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Andy Aldrin with Mark Swinbank

The man whose father was one of the first to set foot on the moon visited Durham city and the department on Monday. Dr Andy Aldrin is Director of the Aldrin Space Institute and president of the non-profit foundation dedicated to inspiring children’s passions for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths).

From 10.30am until 12pm, Dr Aldrin visited the Rochester building, where he was given a tour of our telescopes, and the Ogden Centre West which houses our academics from the centres of extra galactic astronomy and computational cosmology, and heard from our experts about some of the great research that is underway here.

Later in the day at 3pm he will give a talk at the Cathedral, titled ‘Me, My Dad and the Moon - a Journey of Exploration and Inspiration’.

Pictured above: Dr Andy Aldrin (left) with Prof Mark Swinbank visiting our telescopes atop the Rochester Building

Pictured left: Dr Aldrin with Dr Pete Edwards in front of the artwork created by local schoolchildren in the Ogden Centre West.

Find out more about the cathedral event here

Andy Aldrin discusses with Pete Edwards and others in the Ogden Centre