To the Moon and Back


Children can satiate their thirst for knowledge of where nearly ‘no man has gone before’ with another special space event at Kilgore Public Library Wednesday morning.

The interactive experience ‘To the Moon and Back’ will be a celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing’s 50th anniversary, set from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 10 at 301 N. Henderson Blvd. The traveling presentation is intended for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years-old.

Activities at the celebration will include story time, observation of a model rocket and discussion of different moon phases.

The book to be read for story time will be “One Giant Leap” featuring the lunar exploits of Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin Jr.

“I really like it because it has vivid imagery and well-done illustrations,” said Dr. Beau Hartweg, director of the Center for Earth and Space Science.

The rocket will be a model of the Saturn V, the type of rocket used to launch Apollo 11 to the moon 250,000 miles away.

On the event’s Facebook page, 402 people have marked that they are interested in attending, with 22 shares. Free tickets can be reserved by calling the library at 903-984-1529. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the event.

Those who have already reserved tickets should arrive at the library between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. the day of the event. Others should arrive at least by 9:50 a.m.

“Any reserved tickets that have not been claimed by 9:50 a.m. will be given away to other patrons waiting to participate,” according to the event’s Facebook page.

The presentation is a free outreach from Tyler Junior College.

“I’m excited about it and think it will be cool,” said Kilgore Public Library’s Kaitlin deGraffenried.

The exhibit has visited six other libraries so far.

“We are proud to say that (Kilgore Public Library) is one of them,” Hartweg said. “I’m excited to present. (The moon landing) was a historic event.”


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