Transcript: Ontario Hubs: Sudbury's Apollo Legacy | Jul 19, 2019

Jeyan sits in the studio. He's is in his thirties, with short black hair and a trimmed beard. He's wearing a blue suit, white shirt, and floral print tie.

A caption on screen reads "Ontario Hubs: Sudbury's Apollo Legacy. Jeyan Jeganathan. @JeyanTVO. @theagenda."

Jeyan says 50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEKEND,
HUMANS FIRST SET FOOT
ON THE MOON.
AND A LITTLE-KNOWN FACT IS THAT
IN THE YEARS FOLLOWING
THE SUCCESS OF
THE APOLLO 11 LANDING,
SUDBURY, ONTARIO PLAYED A ROLE
IN FURTHER SPACE MISSIONS.
HERE WITH MORE,
CLAUDE SHARMA,
OUR NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO HUB
EDITOR IN GREATER SUDBURY.
CLAUDE, WELCOME TO
THE SHOW.

Claude is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with dark hair in a pompadour. He's wearing a blue suit, lavender shirt, gray tie, and earphones.

He says HELLO, JEYAN.

Jeyan says ALL RIGHT. BREAK DOWN
THE CONNECTION FOR US.
YOU HAVE SUDBURY,
AND YOU HAVE
THE APOLLO LEGACY.
TELL ME ABOUT THAT.

The caption changes to "Claude Sharma. Northeastern Ontario Hub Editor."

Claude says WELL, I THINK THE MOST
DIRECT CONNECTION, JEYAN,
GOES BACK TO THE EARLY '70S.
IN 1971,
APOLLO 16 ASTRONAUTS
CAME TO SUDBURY.
THE FOLLOWING YEAR, 1972,
APOLLO 17 ASTRONAUTS
AND THEIR TEAM CAME TO SUDBURY
TO LOOK AT THE GEOLOGY
OF THE AREA.
AND WHY THIS AREA?
WELL, BACK 1.85 BILLION
YEARS AGO,
A METEORITE CAME CRASHING DOWN
ON SUDBURY,
CREATING THE SUDBURY BASIN,
THE SUDBURY CRATER.
SO, THEY WANTED TO SEE
THE SIMILARITIES
OF WHAT THAT METEORITE IMPACT
HAD ON SUDBURY
COMPARED TO WHAT THEY WERE
GOING TO SEE ON THE MOON.
AND THINGS THEY WERE LOOKING AT
WOULD BE THINGS LIKE
SHATTER CONES, BRECCIA
FORMATIONS, LANDSLIDE DEPOSITS.
AND NOT EXACTLY WHAT
A LOT OF THE MEDIA
AND A LOT OF WHAT
THE PUBLIC THOUGHT,
OF THEIR COMING
TO SUDBURY
TO SEE ITS MOONSCAPE.
BECAUSE SUDBURY
WAS BARREN.
A LACK OF VEGETATION,
A LACK OF TREES
DUE TO MINING AND FORESTRY.
THEY DIDN'T COME HERE FOR THAT.
THEY CAME HERE
FOR THE SIMILARITIES
OF THE GEOLOGY OF SUDBURY
AND THE MOON.

Jeyan says SPEAKING OF GEOLOGY,
YOU SPOKE TO
THREE GEOLOGISTS
IN THIS ARTICLE THAT WE HAVE
COMING OUT NEXT WEEK.
WHAT DID THEY
HAVE TO SHARE?

The caption changes to "Claude Sharma, @ClaudeSharma."

Claude says YEAH. I SPOKE TO
THREE GEOLOGISTS,
ALL STILL LIVING HERE
IN SUDBURY:
RUTH DEBICKI,
WHO IS NOW RETIRED,
JUST STARTING OFF AS
A JUNIOR GEOLOGIST AT THE TIME.
SHE WAS A PART OF THE APOLLO 17
MISSION HERE IN SUDBURY.
ALSO, DR. DAVID PEARSON,
ALSO CONNECTED TO
THE APOLLO 17 MISSION.
A LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY
PROFESSOR RIGHT NOW,
AND RETIRED INCO GEOLOGIST...
INCO BEING THE MINING COMPANY
HERE IN SUDBURY
DURING 1971 AND '72...
NOW IT'S KNOWN AS VALE.
AND INCO WAS REALLY INSTRUMENTAL
AT CONNECTING NASA
HERE TO SUDBURY, AND ALL
THREE OF THE GEOLOGISTS
WERE THRILLED TO BE
A PART OF THAT MISSION,
THOSE MISSIONS.
AND IT REALLY WAS
A TURNING POINT
IN SUDBURY BEING PUT ON
THE SCIENTIFIC, GEOLOGICAL MAP,
AND KIND OF STEERING AWAY FROM
WHAT IT WAS KNOWN FOR
IN THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC
AS BEING A MOONSCAPE.

Jeyan says A VERY INTERESTING
STORY.
THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR BRINGING THAT,
CLAUDE SHARMA.
THAT'S CLAUDE SHARMA,
OUR NORTHEASTERN
ONTARIO HUB EDITOR.

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