Science Under the Dome

Science Under the Dome is the planetarium's free public lecture series, offered monthly throughout the school year.

Image of Lieutenant Frank Moody and a P30

Join us Saturday April 14, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. for 

Lake Huron Red Tails! The Tuskegee Airmen Project

Presented by Wayne Lusardi
State Maritime Archaeologist, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Michigan DNR

Throughout much of World War II the Tuskegee Airmen, African American members of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Corps, trained at Selfridge Airforce Base in Michigan.  In August 2015 archaeologist Wayne Lusardi led an expedition to lower Lake Huron where in 1944 a Bell P39 Airacobra flown by Tuskegee airman Lieutenant Frank Moody crashed into the lake during a World War II training mission. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was not found until 2014. Utilizing the skills and experiences of a variety of partners including law enforcement agencies, the State of Michigan, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and members of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers and Diving with a Purpose, he organized and led a team that was able to document most of the scattered pieces of the wrecked aircraft. Join us as Wayne Lusardi walks us through the discovery, documentation and research that's been done on this project. 

Download a copy of the 2017 Michigan Archaeology Month poster about this project here.

 

The event is free, but seating is limited in the planetarium so you need to RSVP.

09/13/2017 Professor Peter Hoffmann, Wayne State University (Physics & Astronomy) Life, the universe and the nanoscale: can physics explain life?
10/11/2017 Professor Jon Carroll, Oakland University (Anthropology) Drones and social science: the sky's the limit!
11/8/2017 Professor Matthew Barrett, Wayne State University (Physics & Astronomy) Belle and the mystery of the missing antimatter
12/13/2017 Professor Joshua Veazey, Grand Valley State University (Physics) Touching Nano: visualization and creation with scanning probe microscopy
1/17/2018 Professor Ed Cackett, Wayne State University (Physics & Astronomy) Hearing the Universe: the detection of gravitational waves
2/8/2018 Professor Joshua Veazey, Grand Valley State University (Physics) Touching Nano: visualization and creation with scanning probe microscopy
3/7/2018 Professor B. Cameron Reed, Alma College (Physics) The Manhattan Project: How nuclear physics changed the world
4/14/2018 Wayne Lusardi, State Maritime Archaeologist, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, MI DNR Lake Huron Red Tails! The Tuskegee Airmen Project
5/2018    

The Wayne State Planetarium is dedicated to the promotion of science. We are proud to feature a series of free public lectures covering modern topics in science.