From the Director’s Desk – February 2017

There seems to be a renewed interest in space travel lately.  It started for me in the spring of 2016 with the debut of Cosmos 2 with Neil deGrasse Tyson. I learned so much from this excellent program. The latest was the TV series Mars on the National Geographic Channel. In between there were multiple launches and landings from the commercial company Space X founded by Elon Musk. His plan is to begin sending rockets to Mars in 2 years with the end game of colonizing Mars. (Listen to his speech on Making Life Multiplanetary at www.spacex.com.)  Currently his rockets fly cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station.

Which brings me to our upcoming program at the library: Living In Space: Life on the International Space Station on Friday, February 10th at 6:30 p.m. I hope you’ll join us for this program presented by Frank O’Brien, a NASA Solar System Ambassador and local resident. He has lent his spaceflight history expertise to NASA for 20 years as a contributing editor for NASA’s Apollo Lunar Surface Journal and is co-editor of the Apollo Flight Journal.  You can read his biographical information at solarsystem.nasa.gov.

Did you know that over two hundred astronauts have lived and worked on board the International Space Station on six month to yearlong missions? These crews, each composed of 6 astronauts, have conducted countless experiments in science and health. What has been learned from these missions is essential for a much longer trip to Mars.

So if your interest in space, space travel and colonizing Mars has been piqued, come to this fascinating program and check out some of the many books we have on space travel.

Marilynn Mullen

 

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