Sunday, May 31, 2009

JFK LIbrary looks at birth in Space.

By Thomas J. Morgan

Journal Staff Writer

On July 20, 1969, astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission left the first human footprints on the lunar surface. In this photo, Neil Armstrong and the lunar landing module, the Eagle, are reflected in Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin’s visor helmet.

BOSTON — A new exhibition at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum offers a glimpse at the birth of the Space Age as the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches.

It was Kennedy’s vision that started the ball rolling when in 1961 he made it a national goal to land a man on the moon within the decade and return him safely to Earth.

It took only eight years for two astronauts to step onto the surface of the moon, a period packed with scientific achievements.

The exhibit, “Moon Shot — JFK and Space Exploration,” features an early spacesuit from the Mercury missions and three prototype drawings of gear for the 1965 Mercury Atlas-9 mission.

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Florence said...

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Contact: Sara Zick, Senior Publicist


By Buzz Aldrin
Paintings by Wendell Minor

2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon on July 20, 1969.
In LOOK TO THE STARS (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; 9780399247217; On sale May 14, 2009;
40 pages; Ages 6 up/Grades 1 up; $17.99) Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin – the second
man to set foot on the moon -- takes readers on a journey through the amazing history of
the origins of flight and space exploration. Marvelous paintings by Wendell Minor bring the
journey to life.

Beginning with the contributions of Isaac Newton and Nicolaus Copernicus; chronicling the
exciting development of the first rocket and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs; and
ending with a look at what the future might hold for space exploration and colonization;

Aldrin’s informative, kid-friendly text will fascinate children of all ages. Each magnificent
spread provides a wonderful jumping-off point for young readers, and will no doubt inspire
them to look to the stars themselves. With Minor’s beautifully detailed illustrations, LOOK
TO THE STARS is a perfect introduction to the whole history of space exploration.
Aldrin and Minor previously collaborated on the bestselling Reaching for the Moon.

About the author:
Buzz Aldrin ( was an Apollo 11 astronaut, one of the first two men to
walk on the moon. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, founded a rocket design
company, Starcraft Boosters, Inc., and founded the ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit
organization devoted to opening the doors to space tourism for all people. His Reaching for the
Moon (also illustrated by Wendell Minor) was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Los
Angeles, California.

About the Illustrator:
Wendell Minor ( has traveled all over the U.S. to research his art for
numerous picture books. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Norman
Rockwell Museum, the Museum of American Illustration, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast
Guard, and NASA. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.

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