Williston Community Library to host live webcast honoring 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

An image of the earth along with a message from the astronauts on Apollo 11 and President Richard Nixon appeared in the July 16, 1969 issue of the Williston Herald. That was the day Apollo 11 launched on its trip to the moon.

It was one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind. 50 years ago, man did the unthinkable and stepped upon a world not our own. In honor of the momentous occasion, the Williston Public Library is celebrating with an event that’s out of this world.

Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. The mission left Earth just four days prior, on July 16. This year, on Monday, July 15, the library is hosting a special webcast telling the remarkable story of how NASA’s moon mission got off the ground. The webcast will cover a multitude of topics regarding the landing, detailing the sequence of the mission, where on the moon the crew landed, and how they returned safely to Earth.

The webcast is hosted by Dr. Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History. Emmart will be hosting a live guided recreation of the Apollo 11 mission, showing how the combined efforts of 400,000 Americans helped man achieve a goal many thought impossible. The webcast will be shown all across the country, making in a unique viewing opportunity.

Library Director Andrea Placher said the event is a great way for those on the younger side to see how far we have come technologically in such a short amount of time.

“I think kids, especially kids who have grown up with cell phones, sometimes take for granted the ease in our lives, like the internet and Google.” Placher told the Williston Herald. “This was a huge deal that we were able to do this. I think it’s good for the younger generation to see how far technology has come in such a little bitty time. Sixty years prior to this they had just invented the airplane, and now you have a rocket 66 years later going to the freakin’ moon! That’s awesome.”

As part of the presentation, Placher said that video of the moon landing, complete with Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface, will also be shown as part of the event. The presentation is free and open to the public, but visitors may want to arrive early, as the webcast will be live.

The 50th anniversary presentation is from 3 to 4 p.m. and will feature refreshments, snacks and short activities for kids. Placher said even though the webcast begins at 3 p.m., anyone is welcome to come and join at anytime. The library is located at 1302 Davidson Drive in Willliston.

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