2019


Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts

Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon

by Robert Kurson

 

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Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey

of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts

Who Made Man's First

Journey to the Moon

by Robert Kurson

 


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  Robert Kurson


 

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About the Book

 

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: it would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon—in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas. Join the author on one of history’s greatest explorations–Apollo 8–a mission many still call the greatest ever undertaken in space.

 


About the Author

Robert Kurson is the author of four New York Times bestselling books, including Shadow Divers and Rocket Men. He began his career as an attorney, graduating from Harvard Law School, and practicing real estate law. Kurson’s professional writing career began at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a data entry clerk and soon gained a full-time features writing job. In 2000, Esquire published “My Favorite Teacher,” his first magazine story, which became a finalist for a National Magazine Award. He moved from the Sun-Times to Chicago Magazine, then to Esquire, where he won a National Magazine Award and was a contributing editor for years. His stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He lives in Chicago. 

 


Programs 

 

Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 12 

7:30 pm   

Registration is not required. 

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson

Adult Services manager Stacey Peterson facilitates this book discussion of the book Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson. Participants are asked to read the book prior to the discussion.

 

The Space Race

Monday, March 11

7 pm

Registration required

In the 1960s, the U.S. and the Soviet Union were locked in a race to send men to the Moon. How did it all begin? How did the Soviets try to beat the Americans? And, what happened to the Soviet effort after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon in July 1969? Let’s relive the Space Race! Presented by NASA Solar System Ambassador Michelle Nichols.

 

Author Visit

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Mankind's First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson

Monday, March 18

7 pm

Registration required

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: it would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon—in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas. Join New York Times best selling author Robert Kurson as he chronicles Apollo 8–a mission many still call the greatest ever undertaken in space.

 

Galaxy Watercolor Painting

Wednesday, March 20

7 pm

Registration required

Create a starry, galaxy painting with watercolor paints, using a wet on wet technique. With Water Street Studios artist and instructor Sabrina Martin. 

 

Rolling across Mars: NASA's Mars Rovers, Old and New  

Monday, March 25

7 pm

Registration required

Mobile robots have succeeded on Mars four times: Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity. Working together with orbiting spacecraft, NASA's rovers have brought scientific instruments to the Martian surface for meticulous examination of its geological, chemical, and meteorological nature.  Learn how they work, what they've learned about Mars, and what's in store for the new rover NASA expects to launch in 2020. Presented by William Higgins, an Engineering Physicist at Fermilab, and a Jet Propulsion Laboratory ambassador.

 

A Lab Aloft: The International Space Station

Monday, April 1

7 pm

Registration required

The International Space Station is a cutting-edge Earth-orbiting laboratory where astronauts from all over the world live for six months at a time and conduct amazing experiments. What is life like aboard this enormous spaceport? How does the science research benefit humanity on Earth? Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the ISS without having to leave your seat! Presented by NASA Solar System Ambassador Michelle Nichols.

 

Through the Eyes of Hubble

Monday, April 8

7 pm

Registration required

The Hubble Space Telescope has had more impact on astronomy and the public's awareness of astronomy than any other telescope in history. This presentation will highlight some of the well-known, and not-so-well-known, images and science from the last 27 years of Hubble’s mission—and a sneak peek at Hubble’s 2018 replacement: the James Webb Space Telescope. Presented by NASA Solar System Ambassador Michelle Nichols.

 

New Horizons 

Monday, April 15

7 pm

Registration required

The destinations of New Horizons, a spacecraft launched in 2006, are more distant than any other yet explored.  Its dramatic flyby of Pluto in 2015 revealed fabulous landscapes, a remarkable atmosphere, and a family of frigid moons. It kept moving onward for a billion miles.  On New Year's Day 2019, New Horizons encountered the tiny asteroid-like object 2014 MU69, a frozen body that's been dubbed "Ultima Thule." At the edge of the Solar System, for years to come, the NASA mission will continue through a region known as the Kuiper Belt. With William Higgins.

 

Other Resources

Videos and photos related to Rocket Men and Apollo 8


One Book, One Batavia is an annual community-wide reading program presented by the Batavia Public Library in cooperation with Batavia High School and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.