FREE space activities at the Putnam this Sunday with Andrew Chaikin! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Smith   
Friday, 06 July 2012 13:20

WHO: Andrew Chaikin – author, speaker, space historian

WHAT: Meet & greet, FREE activities

WHEN: Sunday, July 8; 1 - 4 p.m.

WHERE: Putnam Museum, located in the Grand Lobby


DAVENPORT – Join us at the Putnam Museum for FREE space activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, July 8! Learn how to capture the colorful cosmos of space, how to create and launch rockets and discover what gravity goo is all about! Award-winning science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin will  be available for meet and greets! He has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than 25 years. Writer-director and explorer James Cameron (Titanic, Aliens of the Deep) called him “our best historian of the space age!”

More information on Andrew Chaikin:

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.” A new edition of the book, with a new afterword for the 50th anniversary of the space age, was published by Penguin in 2007.

Chaikin’s newest books, co-written with Victoria Kohl, are Voices from the Moon (Viking Studio) featuring excerpts from his conversations with Apollo astronauts, and Mission Control, This is Apollo (Viking Childrens) a book for young readers illustrated with paintings by Apollo moonwalker Alan Bean. Both were published in May 2009.

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