To the Moon and...then to Mars!
Today, May 14, 2019, a “Humans to Mars Summit” began in Washington, D.C., to discuss yet another “giant leap for mankind” (*).
The program will explore returning astronauts to the Moon in 2024 with plans of sending them to Planet Mars by the 2030s! (1)
According to Space.com, “The annual three-day gathering...brings together scientists, engineers, academics, government officials and other industry leaders to discuss the future challenges and the current progress humanity has made toward launching a crewed mission to the Red Planet by the 2030s…”
At MidPointe Library, librarians were “over the moon” when they heard the news. That’s because their free, popular “Summer Reading Program” for all ages -- set for June 1 through July 31 -- is themed “A Universe of Stories”!
Nothing like a major Space summit to add excitement to a fun and educational endeavor!
With the Moon and Mars in the news, Summer Reading participants can look forward to lots of Space-related fun, special guests, reading for prizes and more.
To celebrate today’s good news about a future journey to Mars, the librarians blasted off a spatially-themed TuesdayTrivia question:
Who was the first American astronaut to fly in Space?
The answer : On May 5, 1961, Astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in Space. (2) He wasn’t the first person to reach those heights. Just one month before, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human ever to travel to Outer Space (3).