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Star Talk and Viewing Party: Apollo & the Race to the Moon

October 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)

Bob Moler, from Interlochen Public Radio’s daily one-minute diary of the night sky and its accompanying blog called “Ephemeris,” will guide us on a Star Talk beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the McGuire Community Room at the TADL Main Library. Weather dependent, around 8:00 p.m. we will head outside to view the evening sky for a Star Party

Fifty years ago this year humans first landed on the Moon with the Apollo 11 mission, the culmination of developments in answer to John F. Kennedy’s call to “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth before the end of the decade.”  We’ll look at the US space program, the competition with the Soviet Union and the Soviet’s last ditch attempt to return samples from the Moon while Apollo 11 was in flight, before the Apollo capsule would splash down on Earth.


Bob Moler was in the 11th grade when Sputnik was launched, and witnessed all these space race events during his lifetime. Bob’s refreshing his memory with several books:


Shoot for the Moon by James Donovan, 2019 Hanchette Book Group.
Rockets and People Vol.3 Hot Days of the Cold War by Boris Chertok, NASA History Series. ebook only.
Rockets and People Vol.4 The Moon Race by Boris Chertok, NASA History Series. ebook only.


October 16, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Main Library (Traverse City)
610 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States
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McGuire Community Room