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June 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing: The New York Times bestselling author of The Wal-Mart Effect, Charles Fishman, reveals the untold true story of the men and women charged with taking the United States to the Moon.
President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States would land a man on the Moon by 1970. No group was more surprised than the engineers at NASA. On the day of the historic speech, America had a total of fifteen minutes of spaceflight experience—with just five of those minutes outside the atmosphere. In fact, Soviet canines had more spaceflight experience than US astronauts. To fulfill President Kennedy’s mandate, NASA engineers had to invent space travel. When Kennedy announced his goal, no one knew how to navigate to the Moon. No one knew how to build a rocket big enough to fly to the Moon. No one knew how to build a computer small enough to put on that rocket. No one knew how to feed astronauts in space, and no one knew how astronauts would even use the bathroom in space. And NASA had just nine years to make it happen. In One Giant Leap, Charles Fishman introduces readers to the men and women tasked with putting a man on the moon. From the halls of MIT, where the eccentric and legendary digital pioneer Charles Draper created the two computers aboard Apollo 11, to the factories where hundreds of women weaved computer programs with copper wire, Fishman captures the sweeping achievement of these ordinary Americans. This is the captivating story of men and women charged with changing the world as we know it—their leaders, their triumphs, their near disasters, all of which led to arguably the greatest success story of the twentieth century.
With a special introduction by KIMBERLY CULLEN
As the Community Programs Manager at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Kimberly Cullen oversees educational programs focused on serving audiences through programs that align with shared missions and areas of museum focus, including the development of live shows and demonstrations. Cullen has been working and volunteering in informal science communication for over 15 years, with a focus in physics and astrophysics. She has a passion for inspiring young people to pursue careers in science.
Cullen held formerly served as president of the NSW Branch of the Australian Science Communicators in Australia for two years where she was able to give back to and support the science communication industry. In 2018, she was the conference coordinator for the 2018 Australian Science Communicators National Conference.
About the Author:
Charles Fishman is the acclaimed author of One Giant Leap, A Curious Mind (with Brian Grazer), The Wal-Mart Effect, and The Big Thirst. He is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious prize in business journalism.
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