July 18: Summer of Space Experience!

Please join us at 7 PM on Thursday, July 18th at the Cranbrook Institute of Science for The Summer of Space Experience. Charles Fishman author of the newly released One Giant Leap will be speaking and signing books and will be joined by a panel of Space Experts including; Dr. Fred Adams, U-M professor of theoretical cosmology and astrophysics; Dr. James Cutler, director of Michigan exploration Lab and asocial professor of aerospace engineering; Dr. Sue Lepri, U-M associate professor of climate and space sciences and engineering; Michael Narlock, Cranbrook Institute of Science head of astronomy/exhibits and web coordinator. This event is produced by Detroit Public Television in cooperation with the Cranbrook Science Museum. There will be a Mars rover demonstration, Planetarium and Observatory visits and more. The Book Beat will be providing books at the event. Please call 248-968-1190 to reserve a copy of One Giant Leap or for any questions. Tickets and additional information are available here.


The Summer of Space Experience

Detroit Public TV brings the excitement of Apollo moon mission to the Cranbrook Institute of Science on July 18.


Fifty years ago, American astronauts took their first footsteps on the moon. To celebrate that historic event, Detroit Public TV (DPTV) is launching the first installment of its new “DPTV Experiences” – a quarterly series of adventures that bring the latest PBS programming to life in great venues in our community. The first stop is the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills for an evening of exploration, featuring a best-selling author on space, a talk by space researchers and innovators, a Mars Rover demonstration, visits to Cranbrook’s planetarium and observatory visits and much more. Award-winning author Charles Fishman will talk about his new book, “One Giant Leap,” in which he reveals the untold stories of America’s near impossible mission to the moon: some of them heroic, some of them quirky – like the item the astronauts almost forgot to bring (the American ag); the 400,000 people who worked on the Apollo mission (more than the Manhattan project); and the extraordinary impact the lunar landing had back on Earth, and on the way people live today.

There will also be a panel of space experts describing their work, whether they are unravelling the mysteries of the solar system or preparing probes into deep space: Dr. Fred Adams, U-M professor of theoretical cosmology and astrophysics; Dr. James Cutler, director of Michigan eXploration Lab and asocial professor of aerospace engineering; Dr. Sue Lepri, U-M associate professor of climate and space sciences and engineering; Michael Narlock, Cranbrook Institute of Science head of astronomy/exhibits and web coordinator.

Other highlights include: s moving segment from PBS’s “Chasing the Moon” documentary on the race to the moon, a demonstration by the Michigan Mars Rover Team, whose mission was to design and build a landing vehicle that can master the Martian terrain, a breathtaking look at the galaxy in the Cranbrook observatory, the marvel of Cranbrook’s state-of-the-art planetarium, access to the entire Cranbrook Institute of Science to view dinosaurs, meteorites, holograms and other amazing exhibits, a meet-and-mingle with fellow DTPV space travelers and otherworldly snacks. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here: PBS EXPERIENCE.

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