Vernon Area Public Library presents “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” on display at the library during October. The poster exhibition from the Smithsonian celebrates the Apollo 11 mission and explores the birth and development of the American space program and the space race.
An exhibit wall in the library features seven posters with stunning images from the mission and a timeline of key moments in the early space race.
On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 met President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 challenge of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” The poster exhibition explores what led the United States to accept this challenge and how the resulting 953,054-mile voyage to the moon and back was accomplished just eight years after the program was authorized. “Destination Moon” examines the mission and recognizes some of the more than 400,000 people employed in NASA programs who worked through the trials, tragedies and triumphs of the 20 missions from 1961 to 1969 before Apollo 11.
More than 50 years later, the Apollo program remains the benchmark for great national achievement. When Apollo 11 landed on the moon and humans first set foot on another celestial body, it gave humanity a new perspective from which to view the world. Using this poster exhibition, viewers will be able to look back at this historic mission and envision the next generation of innovators, scientists, explorers and astronauts.
The poster exhibition and related public programs are an opportunity for Vernon Area Public Library to highlight space- and aeronautics-related programs and resources available through the library, including:
“Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” is made possible by the support of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, Joe Clark, Bruce R. McCaw Family Foundation, the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, John and Susann Norton, and Gregory D. and Jennifer Walston Johnson.