MOUNT VERNON — Shoot for the moon featuring “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon” by Robert Kurson at the adult book discussion Tuesday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon.

Guest host Jay Bittner will lead the discussion and share his personal insight into the Apollo 8 mission and the race for the U.S. to be the first to put a man on the moon.

By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: To land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon — in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas.

The New York Times bestseller is taken from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel and myriad experts and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, “Rocket Men” is the definitive account of one of America’s finest hours.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Copies of the book are available and can be reserved at all four library locations or can be purchased at any local bookstore.

For more information, call the main library at 740-392-BOOK (2665).

 

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