Charles Fishman, author of the best-selling chronicle of the U.S. space program “One Giant Leap,” will be the featured speaker, July 18, at the Cranbrook Institute of Science for Detroit Public Television’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969. Armstrong and Aldrin landed and walked on the moon on July 20, and the trio splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24.
The event at Cranbrook celebrates those historic nine days with the Fishman appearance and the future of space exploration with talks by University of Michigan space researchers, a Mars Rover demonstration, and planetarium and observatory visits.
Fishman, who will be signing his book at the event, reveals the untold stories of America’s near-impossible mission to the moon: some of them heroic, some of the them quirky – like the item the astronauts almost forgot to bring (the American flag); the 400,000 people who worked on the Apollo mission (more than the Manhattan project); and the extraordinary impact the lunar landing had back on Earth, and on the way people live today.
The Cranbrook evening is a companion to 20 hours of PBS Summer of Space programming dedicated to the lunar landing during July and August. It also is the first of what are expected to be quarterly DPTV Experiences where PBS programming is brought to life in the community.
Future DPTV Experience events will include:
- A concert and musical celebration in the fall for Ken Burns’ latest series “Country Music.”
- The team from “America’s Test Kitchen” cooking up some culinary magic in the winter.
- Access to the new series “The Asian Americans” inspiring viewers to explore their history and culture.
Tickets to the Apollo 11 celebration cost $20. Guests can purchase two tickets for $40, which includes a year membership to DPTV. A ticket to all four DPTV Experiences runs $72 and includes a year membership and access to Passport (PBS’s streaming service). The first 100 people who sign up for the four-event DPTV Experience package also will receive a free membership to Cranbrook.
More information is available here.