Tag Archives: space

Photo highlights from the SRP

This year’s Summer Reading Program has been a blast! And to prove it, take a look at these photos from June when the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum came to the Library to provide free science activities for kids.

space suits

space suits for kids to try on

getting ready for the suit

getting ready for the suit

spaceman

spaceman

Friday Movie Matinee (7/8) – Destination Space

IMAX Hubble

What do you do when a space telescope needs repairs?

Join us for this free film showing starting at noon in the Oak Room.

An IMAX camera chronicles the effort of 7 astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Friday Movie Matinee
12-1 p.m.
Oak Room
Free

Teens can “Space” out at the library Friday, Sept. 17

Teen Check-out: Space!Long, long ago… in a Library far, far away… there was…

SPACE… The final frontier…

Space – 1st Teen Event of the New School Year!

We’re gearing up for the first Teen Event of the new school year, and our theme (to get the year floating in the right direction) is SPACE.  Come and try your skills with the Defying Gravity challenge, vote to watch you favorite Space movie, and more.

The Teen Advisory Board will meet from 5-6pm on that same day, so plan to join us if you can.

Feel free to call or write with any comments or questions!

Teen Check-out: Space!
Friday, September 17
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Wilsonville Public Library
Free!

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 503-570-1592 or engelfried@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

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Fly me to the moon

STS-131 crew patch

STS-131 crew patch

I recently got back from a trip to Florida to see one of the final space shuttle launches (STS-131 to be precise). If you don’t already know, there are three more launches planned for 2010 and then that’s it – all future NASA trips to space will be as passengers on Russian capsules. At a price of $50 million per passenger. I’m not sure how much that is in rubles, but I’m betting a fair bit.

So in preparation for the trip to Kennedy Space Center, I thought I would do some reading (something you wouldn’t expect from a library worker, huh?). Here are my favorite space books, all available from LINCC:

  1. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne – the book that started it all. Technically it’s fiction, but Verne got most of the math right as well as the decision between Florida and Texas for launch bases. Not bad for someone writing in 1865.
  2. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe – Covers the Mercury program from start to end with detailed subjective observations of/by the people involved (pilots, wives, staff). For all of Wolfe’s literary excess, the book is lively, emotional, detailed, shocking, funny, and educational. The movie version is not bad, either.
  3. T-Minus by Roberto Ottaviani – Best representation of the Space Race I have come across. This graphic novel covers in detail the historical and scientific facts for how the U.S. and the Soviet Union approached putting a man on the moon.
  4. Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War by Michael J. Neufeld – Provides insight into Von Braun’s single-minded pursuit of going into space, from building rockets at age 13 to his involvement with the Nazi SS building the V-2 rockets (which became the rockets the U.S. first used to put men in space with the Mercury program), and on to his time working for NASA. A little dry, but a lot of fascinating information.
  5. Moondust by Andrew Smith – A Brit goes on a quest to meet the remaining moonwalkers (9 are still alive of the 12) after he talks with Charlie Duke (astronaut on Apollo 16) and discovers that each astronaut came back from the moon with a different reaction. He documented his quest with the BBC, if you want to know and see more.

Some other books that I didn’t get a chance to read, but that come highly recommended:

  • A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin (the basis for the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon)
  • Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins (Apollo 11 astronaut)
  • Lost Moon by Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and 13 astronaut, and which the Tom Hanks’ movie Apollo 13 is based on)
  • Deke! An Autobiography by Deke Slayton (one of the Mercury 7 astronauts who became the Director of Flight Crew Operations at NASA from 1963-1972. He decided which astronauts went on which missions.)

When I wasn’t reading, I was watching space stuff. Take a break from reading with these videos available from LINCC (I recommend them all):

  • Apollo 13
  • Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back
  • For All Mankind
  • From the Earth to the Moon (HBO series) – if nothing else, watch this!
  • IMAX: Magnificent Desolation
  • IMAX: Space Station
  • In the Shadow of the Moon
  • The Right Stuff

I have to admit I knew nothing about the space program until my best friend got me interested and I saw From the Earth to the Moon. Give it a look, if nothing else than for good storytelling and for the array of familiar actors involved (Tim Daly as Jim Lovell; Brian Cranston as Buzz Aldrin). You just might become a space fan, too!

-Andi