The Moon Landing: 50th Anniversary
October 7-November 4, 2019
Ingram Library / University of West Georgia

astronaut standing on moonDr. Roger Launius, formerly NASA chief historian and Senior Curator of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, will speak in the Ingram Library at UWG at 2:00 P.M. on October 16 “Why Go To The Moon?” His talk is a feature event of a month long exhibit on NASA’s space programs in the 1950s and 1960s that culminated in the Apollo Moon missions. The exhibit displays extensive space memorabilia owned by local collector Gilbert Huey.

The Moon Landing: 50th Anniversary celebration will conclude with a panel discussion on “1969: Beyond the Moon Landing.” The panel will consist of four University of West Georgia faculty members, Dr. Elaine MacKinnon, Dr. Larry Rivers, Dr. Larry Stephens, and Emily Hunt. The panel discussion is scheduled for 6:00 P.M. on November 4 in Kathy Cashen Hall at UWG.

Dr. Launius is the author of several books on space exploration and NASA’s Apollo program, including Apollo's Legacy: Perspectives on the Moon Landings; The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future; Reaching for the Moon: Short History of the Space Race; and The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space.

There is no admission fee for attending the exhibit or the two presentations. Special public parking is being provided for Dr. Launius’s talk in the Townsend Center gated lot beginning at 1:30 on October 16. The Townsend Center gated lot is accessed from West Georgia Drive (entrance adjacent to McDonald’s).

Otherwise, parking on the UWG campus is unrestricted on weekday evenings after 5:00 and all day on Saturdays and Sundays (other than handicapped, reserved, yellow curb, and red curb spaces).

For further information, visit www.westga.edu/library or contact ferlingjohn@gmail.com