On July 16, 1969, the world watched in awe as three American astronauts lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on a mission to achieve the first human landing on a celestial body. Four days later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set their feet on the moon while Michael Collins orbited in the command module.

This past summer saw commemorative celebrations all around the globe to mark the 50th anniversary of this groundbreaking achievement. While July is behind us now, the celebration continues.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m., The Community Library in Ketchum will host esteemed environmental engineer Margrit von Braun for a special lecture adopting a new perspective on this major historic event.

The speaker’s father, Wernher von Braun, joined NASA in 1960 and acted as director of the Marshall Space Flight Center and chief architect of the Saturn V super heavy-lift launch vehicle, the behemoth that took Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins all the way to the moon.

This lecture will speak on Wernher von Braun’s contributions, the lessons to be learned from the Apollo program and how to apply that knowledge to threats and issues facing the earth today.

This event is free and open to the public. Visit comlib.org for details.

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