Revisiting the Apollo Moon Landing on the 50th Anniversary

Join us for a series of presentations focusing on the historic mission of the Apollo moon landing and its impact on society and science.



Rocket Men: a Presentation by Author Robert Kurson

Wednesday, September 18th at 7 pm

Join us as New York Times bestselling author Robert Kurson discusses his latest book Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon. Books will be available to purchase from The Book Bin.

Dearborn Observatory Visit

Friday, October 4th at 8 pm

Explore the Milky Way Galaxy through Northwestern University’s historic 18.5 foot refracting telescope. Tour the observatory and learn about its history before taking your turn to peer through the telescope.
Note: The observatory is not ADA-accessible. Several staircases must be climbed to reach the telescope. It is also open to the night sky, so dress for the weather. Viewing is only guaranteed on clear nights. Register through the Library’s calendar.

Astrophysics for the Next 50 Years

Wednesday, October 16th at 7 pm

The latter half of the 20th century can be argued to have been the most revolutionary in the history of astrophysics. Looking ahead to the next half-century, Michael Smutko, Professor of Instruction, Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University, will explore the tools, ideas, and theories that may turn out to be equally revolutionary over the next 50 years.

The Apollo Program to the Moon: History and Legacy

 Monday, October 28th at 7 pm

Fifty years ago, in December 1968, American astronauts successfully flew around the Moon on the Apollo 8 mission. In July 1969, Apollo 11 successfully met JFK's challenge to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth within the decade. What did we learn from our explorations of the Moon? Why did we not return after 1972? And what was next for NASA? Michelle Nichols, Director of Public Observing at the Adler Planetarium, will discuss the history of the development of Apollo, the science learned from the Moon landings, and an overview of the decisions made during and after Apollo that have had a ripple effect on U.S. space exploration right up to the present day.

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