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spaceman1953
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posted 02-28-2008 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In honor of President Johnson's Centennial, the LBJ Library & Museum will present To the Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s, a major exhibit celebrating man's venture into space. The exhibit will open on President Johnson's 100th birthday, August 27, 2008, and close on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, July 20, 2009. The exhibit also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the creation of NASA.

At 2:30 p.m., the Museum will host a press conference with distinguished guests from Johnson Space Center to formally open the new exhibit.

All day, the Library will be serving birthday cake and punch to celebrate President Johnson's birthday.

That evening, the Library is planning a large birthday party, open to the public, with family-friendly activities and music. More details will be posted soon!

space1
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After many months of effort, a simulation of Ed White's historic space walk is now complete. It will be exhibited at the LBJ Library & Museum's Centennial Birthday Celebration beginning August 27, 2008.

The simulation features a highly detailed computer model of the Gemini IV spacecraft, and realistic motion for the space walking astronaut.

More photos and info at Historic Space Systems' Gemini Spacewalk Sim

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Robert Pearlman
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Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum release
To the Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s

August 27, 2008 would have been the 100th birthday of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. It has become customary to celebrate this grand milestone of our former Commanders in Chief with a year-long celebration. In honor of President Johnson's Centennial, the LBJ Library & Museum will present To the Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s, a major exhibit celebrating man's venture into space. The exhibit will open on President Johnson's 100th birthday, August 27, 2008, and close on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, July 20, 2009. The exhibit also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the creation of NASA.

From the time he was Senate Majority Leader in the 1950s, Lyndon Johnson did more to facilitate the rapid progress of the space program than any other American leader. Johnson co-sponsored legislation for the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1958, and as Vice-President, was appointed Chairman of the National Space Council by President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy asked the Space Council to examine America's space program and the feasibility of a lunar landing. In a memo to Kennedy, Johnson recommended that "with a strong effort the United States could conceivably be first" to achieve Kennedy's goal of "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth" by the end of the decade. Later, in one of the most awe-inspiring and dramatic stories of our time, President Johnson ensured that this goal remained on track, was funded, and that the mission was accomplished.

The primary focus of the exhibit will cover the period of "Sputnik" (late 1950s) through the first moon landing of Apollo 11 in 1969. Each step of the space programs Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, will be featured, as well as the "milestone" flights of astronauts Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Ed White.

To the Moon will feature eye-catching, visually attractive state-of-the-art elements to match the ambitious scope of the subject and meet the expectations of a modern audience.

The LBJ Library's space exhibit will coincide with a space exhibit featuring Skylab, the Shuttle Missions, and the International Space Station at the George H. W. Bush Library at Texas A&M University at College Station. The two presidential libraries are collaborating in creating promotional materials, advertising, and pursuing news media coverage.

To The Moon Exhibit highlights:

From the earliest days of civilization, man has been fascinated with the mysteries and wonder of outer space. The exhibit will cover the ancient world's study of the celestial bodies, and then showcase the revolutionary works and discoveries of Copernicus, Galileo, and Albert Einstein. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see the original publication of On the Revolutions of Celestial Spheres by Copernicus, the handwritten manuscript of Einstein's The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity, as well as a working replica of Galileo's telescope.

The early sections will also explore the emerging literary genre of science fiction, which gained enormous popularity during the mid-nineteenth century. Visitors will enjoy a blast from the past - black and white science fiction films, vintage video posters, and audio from A War of the Worlds. A timeline discussing the history of aviation - from the Wright brothers through the test pilots who broke the sound barrier - will be featured, including the role of aviation in military history. Plans include a special display on Dr. Robert Goddard, the father of American rocketry, including a replica of Goddard's laboratory. Another highlight is a replica of Chuck Yaeger's X-1 cockpit that visitors can sit in and experience what it may have been like to break the sound barrier.

The exhibit will then focus on the Johnson era, starting with the launch of the world's first satellite, Sputnik, in 1957. In a quest to catch up with the Soviets, Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson initiated hearings to determine how the U.S. could forge ahead in the "space race," ultimately culminating in Johnson co-sponsoring legislation creating NASA. Several years later, President Kennedy appointed Vice President Johnson to head the development of the space program. A montage of film and media clippings will illustrate the response of the American public and government to the Soviet launches.

Large displays comparing the Russian and American space capsules will represent the first phase in the quest to reach the moon, Project Mercury. Profiles of the Mercury 7 astronauts and memorabilia from John Glenn's pivotal flight orbiting Earth (flight helmet, rocket fragment, heat shield from "Friendship 7") will also feature prominently.

Project Gemini represented the second phase in the "moon quest," bridging Mercury and Apollo. In this section of the exhibit we plan to include a simulator that reenacts the feel of a real spacewalk. The exhibit will also devote extensive resources to the Apollo Missions - including an array of original memorabilia (flight suits, Mission Control consoles, the Engine Thrust Control Panel - Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, portable life support system) along with vintage photography and film footage. In particular, the Apollo 11 moon mission will be dramatized via a life-like scene of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting the American flag on the moon.

The grand finale of To The Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s will be a visually stunning presentation inspired by the dramatic story of America's quest to land a man on the moon. Using state-of-the-art media equipment, this eight-minute show will feature swirling picture and film images, actual audio clips from Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and music in a planetarium-designed theater. The presentation is intended to underscore the exhibit by chronicling the highlights of the space program in the 1960s. The experience will appeal to the visitor's sense of national pride and leave them inspired about the future of space exploration.

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George H.W. Bush Presidential Library release
Beyond the Moon: NASA's Continuing Mission

The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library and the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with NASA's Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston, will tell the story of America's exploration into the final frontier. The LBJ Library will begin with man's fascination with the heavens through the first walk on the moon. The George Bush Presidential Library continues the story with the end of Apollo, Skylab, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. Large scale models, original shuttle equipment, a shuttle simulator, and interactive programs are just a few of the spectacular items to be displayed. The third part of the story, which will explore what's next for the future of NASA, will take place at Space Center Houston. The countdown begins...!

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Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum release
Russian and American spacecraft land at the Library

In July, a 90-ton crane lifted American and Russian spacecraft and a Mission Control console into the LBJ Library building in preparation for the new space exhibit. Flying again was the VOSTOK 3KA-2, the actual VOSTOK that carried a dog and mannequin into space just prior to Yuri Gagarin's famous flight that made him the first man to reach space in 1961.

The crane also lifted a replica of Freedom 7, the capsule that carried Alan Shepard, making him the first American to travel to space.

Robert Pearlman
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The Expedition 17 crew recorded the following greeting from the International Space Station on the occasion of President Lyndon Baines Johnson's 100th birthday and the opening of "To The Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s":

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-28-2008 01:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While searching for photographs from Wednesday's opening of "To The Moon", I came across a Flickr feed with images taken by one of the people involved in fabricating some of the diorama displays:

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posted 08-29-2008 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skye12   Click Here to Email skye12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm heading over there this weekend since I live about 3 miles from the library. I'll let everyone know what its like.

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I checked out the space exhibit at the LBJ library. It is very nice and documents general landmarks in the space program through Apollo. Although interesting, it was smaller than I had expected.

Interesting was a flight suit of Alan Shepard and McDivitt's full Apollo suit with bubble helmet and gloves. Also had Lindberg's actual seat cushion and compass dial from the Spirit of St. Louis.

One floor down in the regular LBJ exhibit (why not bring it up to the space exhbit?) is a moon rock from Apollo 15 in a sealed nitrogen capsule. It is about 2-3" high and said it was a piece of one of the largest rocks brought back from the moon.

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Texas A&M Battalion: Bush library features NASA space exhibit
The "Beyond the Moon: NASA's Continuing Mission" exhibit will be revealed at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Friday.

The Bush museum, in conjunction with the Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential library and Space Center Houston, will focus on U.S. stages of space exploration.

Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to meet Aggie astronaut Mike Fossum. He will be at the Bush Library and Museum from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 26 in the Rotunda.

Robert Pearlman
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Texas A&M Battalion: NASA delays exhibit visit
The NASA exhibit, was scheduled to begin Friday at the Bush Library featuring moon rocks and a visit from Aggie Astronaut Mike Fossum, has been delayed because of the effects of Hurricane Ike.

[NASA Public Affairs Officer Josh] Byerly said that they are planning to reschedule, but was not able to say when and that it could be as late as after the winter holidays.

Robert Pearlman
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The Johnson Library has stocked its online (and presumably on-site) store with products related to their exhibit "To The Moon", including replica Apollo 11 and "Neil Armstrong For President" buttons, astronaut snow globes and trinket boxes, and several books, including "In the Shadow of the Moon" by our own Colin Burgess and Francis French.

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American-Statesman: Astronaut paints out of this world
Retired astronaut Alan Bean is the only artist among the 12 men who have walked on the moon and his depictions of the Apollo missions go on display at the LBJ Library this week

Robert Pearlman
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A couple of recent articles about the exhibit:

AP: Former astronaut Alan Bean embarks on artistic voyage

One of an elite dozen astronauts who have walked on the moon, Bean the artist found a new mission: to share his explorations through his paintings, capturing splendors of the moon that are difficult to express in words alone.

"They're not like Earth paintings. They don't look like Earth paintings," Bean said. "They're paintings from another world."

Bean's art is on display at the LBJ Library and Museum at the University of Texas and coincides with the museum's exhibit "To the Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s."

KVUE News: Darrell Royal, wife present gifts from Apollo missions to LBJ Museum
Mementos from three space missions find a permanent landing spot at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum thanks to a legendary Austin couple.

Former Longhorn Football Coach Darrell Royal and his wife, Edith, presented gifts on Monday that they received from astronauts aboard the Apollo moon missions.

The framed items were carried aboard Apollo missions 8, 12 and 16.

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Thanks, most sincerely, Robert, for those links to the Bean articles. That one is a long one but gives REAL insight into the artist, Alan Bean.

I appreciate it!

Gene

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