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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 3:48 pm

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, the Coronado Public Library has a special exhibit: From Imagination to Destination: Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary.

On July 20, 1969, the eyes of the world watched as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon. The exhibit highlights some of the scientific advances and technological achievements of the United States Space Program that made this momentous accomplishment possible.

Guest curators David Weeks and Manny Gutsche, both life-long space flight enthusiasts, have culled through their extensive collections and knowledge of various NASA programs to bring this story to the library. Other major contributors to the exhibit include Jonathan Smart and Michael Aten.

The exhibit introduces you to Jules Verne, the “Father of Science Fiction,” and to the founding fathers of modern rocketry and astronautics who were inspired by his books. The Space Race rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 60s prompted President Kennedy’s famous challenge to go to the Moon. The success of the NASA Space Program starting with the Mercury Program eventually led to Apollo 11, and Americans walking on the Moon.

Artifacts and objects featured in the exhibit include: images, artifacts, books, magazines and models from many of the major space-related events from the 1950s through the early 1970s.

The exhibit is now open and runs through July 28, 2019.

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