Family Book Discussion with Potluck Dinner: Moon Lecture and Author VisitWednesday July 31, 2019
6:00 PM until 8:30 PM
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! Dr. Valerie Rapson, Astrophysicist and Astronomer from MiSci, will be presenting an exciting talk about the moon. In addition, we are excited to have award-winning author, Catherine Thimmesh, visit us virtually via Skype! She will be joining us after the potluck dinner. A local student will be bringing in her telescope to share her love of astronomy. Please bring a dish to share. Beverages and dessert provided. For students entering grades 5-9 w/caregiver. Please register and pick up a copy of the book.
Team Moon offers a rare perspective on a story we only thought we knew. Apollo 11, the first moon landing, is a story that belongs to many, not just the few and famous. It belongs to the seamstress who put together twenty-two layers of fabric for each space suit, to the engineers who created a special heat shield to protect the capsule during its fiery reentry, to the flight directors, camera designers, software experts, suit testers, telescope crew, aerospace technicians, photo developers, engineers, and navigators. Gathering direct quotes from some of these folks who worked behind the scenes, Thimmesh reveals their very human worries and concerns. Culling NASA transcripts, national archives, and stunning NASA photos from Apollo 11, she captures not only the sheer magnitude of this feat but also the dedication, ingenuity, and perseverance of the greatest team ever that worked to first put man on that great gray rock in the sky.
Location: Library Community Room
to go to the Voorheesville Public Library