Join us on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. as the Friends of Palomar College Planetarium welcomes space historian and author Francis French for an exciting talk on the space race.

In the 1960’s, two superpowers were engaged in a titanic battle to land the first human on the moon. Why did America get there first? And why was Neil Armstrong chosen as the person to make that first step? In this talk, Francis French will take you through the colorful personalities and risky decisions that led up to the historic moment of the first moon landing.

Francis is the Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. He has written numerous magazine articles and co-authored several books, including: Into that Silent Sea and In the Shadow of the Moon. Both books were finalists in 2007 for the Eugene M. Emme Award given by the American Astronautical Society. He co-authored Falling to Earth, the autobiography of Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden (released in 2011) and was the editor for Apollo Pilot, The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele, released earlier this year.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This event is exclusive to Friends of Palomar College Planetarium members. Contact the planetarium to reserve your seat.

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