Brigham City Carnegie Library
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Library Programs - Adult Book Group:
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.
Thursday, 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.
Thursday, 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.
Thursday, 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.
Thursday, 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.
Brigham City Library
Series 2015: To the Moon and Beyond
For more information please contact Sue, 723-5850.