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50th anniversary of Apollo moon walk focus of presentation


F.Ganje - June 4, 2019

STURGIS, SD – Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969,  Americans and the world were transfixed as the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (better known as NASA) put a man on the moon.  When Neil Armstrong took his first step on the lunar service and proclaimed "...One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,"  the world’s imagination for space travel was ignited. 

The Sturgis Public Library will present a program on the history of NASA's Apollo program, focusing on the Apollo 11 lunar landing.  Adult Outreach and Programming Librarian, Lee Stroschine talks about some of the information that might come to light.

“My first question would be ‘why did they stop going to the moon?’, he wonders.  “Did they learn everything  they wanted to? Was it funding? What was the reason for the ending?”

Set for Thursday, June 13 at 6:00pm in the Meade Room at the Sturgis Community Center, the program will be led by Thomas V. Durkin, Deputy Director at the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium. As part of 52 such consortiums across the country, the South Dakota program was established on March 1, 1991 by a grant from NASA. It is charged with developing earth systems science and aerospace infrastructure in South Dakota and acting as a conduit between higher education, government, and industry in the state.

“I’ve always had an interest in space and the Apollo program,” shares Stroschine. “I was a kid at the time of the launch. I remember watching Apollo 11 as it happened.”

As a tie-in to the library’s summer reading program and the Sturgis and Meade County Historical Society’s History Day, June 14,15, 2019, Stroschine says the 50th Anniversary of the world’s first – and only – moon walk has a universal (no pun intended!) appeal.

“The summer reading program this year is, “A Universe of Stories.” So it has a space theme connected with it.  I came across the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, which I didn’t know anything about. The next step was to find out if presentations were available through the Consortium and that’s how I made a connection with our guest speaker, Tom Durkin.”

The program is free to the public.  For more information see the Sturgis Public Library on Facebook.

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