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Reach for the Stars: NASA at 50

astronaut_with_US_flag Main Library
Second Floor Gallery
June 20 – August 30, 2008

Curated by Laura Saurs, U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, The Newark Public Library
and Kevin D. Conod, Dreyfuss Planetarium, The Newark Museum


astronaut_on_moonOn July 29, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Space Act, creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Over the last fifty years NASA has sent manned missions into orbit around the Earth and to land on the moon. It has increased our knowledge of the solar system and the universe beyond through the use of space probes and space telescopes.

splashdown_in_PacificThis exhibit highlights some of NASA's major achievements, such as the moon landing, the Space Shuttle and the Hubble Telescope.

NJ_astronaut_Walter_M._SchirraOne case of the exhibit is devoted to astronauts from New Jersey. The exhibit features a selection of NASA posters and documents from the Library's government documents collection, and models and an actual meteorite from the collections of the Newark Museum.

To read a brief history of NASA, click here.

To see the exhibition poster, click here.

 

Photo sources (from top of page):
Cernan, Eugene (NASA). (1972). Schmitt with Flag and Earth Above. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Johnson Space Center. Image #: AS17-134-20384. Retrieved from http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/GPN-2000-001137.html on June 25, 2008.

Armstrong, Neil. (1989?). The first lunar landing : 20th anniversary / as told by the astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, Michael Collins. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, image 25.

Froehlich, Walter. (1971). Apollo 14: science at Fra Mauro. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 43.

Manned Spacecraft Center (U.S.). (1963). The six orbits of Sigma 7: Walter M. Schirra's space flight, October 3, 1962. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Manned Spacecraft Center.

 

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