Chaikin and Apollo 11: First Steps

You and a Guest are Invited to a private event featuring a lecture with Space Historian and Bestselling Author, Andrew Chaikin, followed by a private screening of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition in IMAX format in our immersive Dome Theater. Lecture starts at 7:00pm. Light refreshments at 5:30pm. Movie running time is 47 mins. Seating is limited so please RSVP by 5/23 to Fran at fperpero@cradleofaviation.org. APOLLO FEVER IS ON!  Kick off the season with this exciting exclusive event! 

Andrew ChaikinAward-winning science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than three decades. Writer-director and explorer James Cameron (Titanic, Aliens of the Deep) called him “our best historian of the space age.”

Chaikin is best known as the author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, widely regarded as the definitive account of the moon missions. First published in 1994, this acclaimed work was the main basis for Tom Hanks’ 12-part HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, which won the Emmy for best miniseries in 1998. Chaikin spent eight years writing and researching A Man on the Moon, including over 150 hours of personal interviews with 23 of the 24 lunar astronauts (Apollo 13’s Jack Swigert was already deceased). Apollo moonwalker Gene Cernan said of the book, “I’ve been there. Chaikin took me back.” 

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Apollo 11 First Steps Edition – Timed to the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon. In this special edition created exclusively for IMAX® and giant screen theaters in science centers and museums of Todd Douglas Miller’s critically acclaimed Apollo 11 documentary, the filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission—one of humanity’s greatest achievements and the first to put men on the moon. With a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm footage and audio recordings, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition joins Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Mission Control team and millions of spectators around the world, during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

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And be sure to check out our upcoming Apollo@50 Celebration Events including a 50th Anniversary Dinner with Apollo Astronauts and Flight Directors! As well as a Moon Fest on July 20th (during day) with family activities and a community countdown for moon landing. Followed by a 50th Anniversary Countdown Dinner (in the eve) where we remember and countdown to the first steps on the moon. Celebrate in the home of the one of the last three Lunar Modules left on earth and the home of Grumman Engineers who built the spaceship that landed man on the moon. We hope you can celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this historic moment in time together.