23 2019

THE SPACE RACE: 1957-1975

10:30AM - 11:50AM  

JCC of Middlesex County 1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820
732.494.3232 efendrick@jccmc.org

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The Soviet Union stunned the world in 1957, by putting the first artificial satellite into Earth orbit. By 1961, the Russians had also launched the first manned spacecraft and sent the first robotic probes to the Moon. In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced his daring plan for the American space program: landing a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the Moon.

Packed with historic photographs and vintage concept art this presentation relives the dramatic “Space Race” from the pioneering Mercury and Gemini flights to the first Apollo Moon landings and the lesser-known scientific missions that followed. Along the way, meet the visionaries and scientists who made space travel possible and the American astronauts who boldly traveled “Where no one has gone before”.

Kevin Woyce is an author, photographer, and lecturer. His regional history books, illustrated with original black and white photography, include: Jersey Shore History & Facts, Niagara: The Falls and the River, and Hudson River Lighthouses: An Illustrated History. A lifelong resident of the Garden State, Kevin grew up in East Rutherford, the eldest of 15 siblings.