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This month marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.  Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.  Armstrong and Aldrin ventured onto the lunar surface on July 20, 1969 in the Eagle lander, and spent almost 24 hours exploring the terrain before rejoining Collins in the command module Columbia and returning to Earth.

Aldrin was in Alameda on July 26 to attend the “Splashdown 45” event aboard the USS Hornet which marked the 45th anniversary of the return to Earth of the astronauts.  The USS Hornet was the recovery ship which picked up the Apollo 11 capsule when it splashed down in the Pacific on July 26, 1969.  Mr. Aldrin said that he hopes the anniversary events will launch a renewed U.S. commitment to space exploration, and in particular to manned missions to Mars.

To find information in the library on the Apollo 11 lunar landing, look under the subject headings Space Flight to the Moon, Moon Exploration, and Apollo 11 Spacecraft.  To find information on traveling to Mars, use the subject headings Mars Planet Exploration, and Space Flight to Mars.

Direct from the Moon     Moonshot      the epic story of the first men on the moon

 the epic journey to the moon      my vision for space exploration      inside the story of robotic space exploration, from Genesis to the Mars rover Curiosity

 NASA's next giant leap      why we have already found extraterrestrial life      Ultimate Mars challenge

Can we make it to Mars?      Spirit, Opportunity, and the exploration of the Red Planet      robot arms, cowboy spacemen, and my 90 days with the Phoenix Mars Mission

 NASA's search for life beyond Earth      a trusty guidebook to surviving and thriving on the Red Planet      a detective story on two planets

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Posted by: Tami

Tami is a librarian at the Corte Madera Library.

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