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  Library Programs - Adult Book Group:

To the Moon and Beyond

This reading/discussion series will highlight the American Space Program. Join university professors as they lead a class discussion on the history of America’s space program. Free and open to the public.

Packing for MarsThursday, April 2, 2015, 7 p.m. - Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach.

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a spacewalk? As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule.

Scholar: Stacy Palen, PhD, WSU.

Roving MarsThursday, May 7, 2015, 7 p.m. - Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet by Steven Squyres.

Steve Squyres is the face and voice of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission. Squyres dreamed up the mission in 1987, saw it through from conception in 1995 to a successful landing in 2004, and serves as the principal scientist of its $400 million payload. He has gained a rare inside look at what it took for rovers Spirit and Opportunity to land on the red planet in January 2004--and knows firsthand their findings.

Scholar: Brad Carroll, PhD, WSU.

Carrying the FireThursday, June 4, 2015, 7 p.m. - Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journey by Michael Collins.

In this remarkable book, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of piloting the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 spacewalk, presenting an evocative picture of the joys of flight.

Scholar: Kathryn MacKay, PhD, WSU.

A Man on the MoonThursday, July 2, 2015, 7 p.m. - Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts by Andrew Chaikin.

On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

Scholar: Brad Carroll, PhD, WSU.

Riding RocketsThursday, August 6, 2015, 7 p.m. - Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tale of a Space Shuttle Astronaut by Mike Mullane.

USAF Colonel Mike Mullane was a member of the first shuttle astronaut class, and Riding Rockets is his story -- told with a candor never before seen in an astronaut's memoir. Mullane strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are -- human. His tales of arrested development among military flyboys working with feminist pioneers and post-doc scientists are sometimes bawdy, often hilarious, and always entertaining.

Scholar: Sally Shigley, PhD, WSU.

Failure is Not an OptionThursday, October 1, 2015, 7 p.m. - Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond by Gene Kranz.

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America’s manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA’s Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond.

Scholar: John Armstrong, PhD, WSU.

The Mercury 13Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7 p.m. - The Mercury 14: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann.

In 1961, just as NASA launched its first man into space, a group of women underwent secret testing in the hopes of becoming America’s first female astronauts. They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they were summarily dismissed by the boys’ club at NASA and on Capitol Hill. The USSR sent its first woman into space in 1963; the United States did not follow suit for another twenty years.

For the first time, Martha Ackmann tells the story of the dramatic events surrounding these thirteen remarkable women, all crackerjack pilots and patriots who sometimes sacrificed jobs and marriages for a chance to participate in America’s space race against the Soviet Union and beyond.

Scholar: Kathryn MacKay, PhD, WSU.

Eye in the SkyThursday, December 3, 2015, 7 p.m. - Eye in the Sky: The Story of the Corona Spy Satellites by Dwayne A. Day.

Presenting the full story of the CORONA spy satellites' origins, Eye in the Sky explores the Cold War technology and far-reaching effects of the satellites on foreign policy and national security. Arguing that satellite reconnaissance was key to shaping the course of the Cold War, the book documents breakthroughs in intelligence gathering and achievements in space technology that rival the landing on the moon.

Scholar: Branden Little, PhD, WSU.


This series is funded by the

Utah Humanities

and the

Brigham City Library

A Reading Discussions Program at Brigham City Library

Series 2015: To the Moon and Beyond

For more information please contact Sue, 723-5850.

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