Apollo 50 at DMPL

50th Anniversary Dr Horton
Dr. K Renee Horton

On July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin became the first people to set foot on the moon. We're celebrating this incredible accomplishment with a series of programs and a special guest. 

Dr. K. Renee Horton has worked for NASA for 10 years. She currently serves as the Space Launch System Quality Engineer in New Orleans. In 2011, she became the first African American to graduate from the University of Alabama with a Ph.D. in Material Science and a concentration in Physics. She'll host several programs the week of July 15 to mark the occasion, and the week will culminate with a "live-stream" of the original moon landing on Saturday, July 20, at the Franklin Avenue and South Side Libraries.

Dr. Horton Events

Mission to Mars
Mission to Mars: The Next Giant Leap

Monday, July 15, 6:00 PM
, South Side Library
Ages 12 and up
U.S. astronauts will return to the surface of the moon once again! Fulfilling objectives of NASA’s “Moon to Mars” mission will be their priority as scientific equipment is shipped to the lunar surface and groundwork laid to explore further into outer space, including the red planet. Join us to hear Dr. Horton describe her contributions to mission “Moon to Mars.”

Explore the Universey
Explore the Universe with Dr. H

Tuesday, July 16, 3:00-4:30 PM
, Franklin Avenue Library
Ages 3-12 
Come and meet “Dr. H” during this family-friendly open house event. Dr. Horton has written two children’s books about “Exploring the Universe,” and loves chatting with families. There will be games, crafts, activities, and Dr. Horton will read and sign her new books!

The Eagle Has Landed: Remembering Apollo 11

Tuesday, July 16, 6:00 PM
, Franklin Avenue Library
Ages 12 and up
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to walk on the moon. The entire Apollo program remains one of the greatest technological achievements in history. In the 50 years since, no other country has put an astronaut on the moon. Dr. Horton will describe the Apollo mission’s significance and bring historic materials about the moon landing provided by NASA.

Youth Makerspace
Youth Makerspace: Space Science

Wednesday, July 17, 2:30 PM
, Forest Avenue Library
Ages 8-18
From planets and stars to rocket launches, come explore STEM activities related to space, and meet Dr. Horton.

Scientist You Want to BeSo… You Want to Be a Scientist!
Wednesday, July 17, 4:30 PM
, Forest Avenue Library
Ages 8-18
Are you curious about the universe? Do you enjoy solving mathematical equations and building robots? Have you considered becoming a scientist, but aren’t sure where to begin? Talk to a renowned scientist in person! An advocate for diversity in STEM fields, Dr. Horton will share her experiences and answer your questions about gaining an education in STEM programs and working as a professional scientist.


Other Apollo 50th Anniversary Programs

Sensing the Cosmos
Monday, July 15, 11:00 AM
, East Side Library
Kids and Families
We’re launching Space Week at the East Side Library with a special program. Join us as the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped presents Sensing the Cosmos. Using your ears and your hands, you’ll learn more about the sounds of space and feel tactile examples of constellations. This program is for all ages, but especially geared toward early elementary school students.

The Secret to Achieving Anything Great
Thursday, July 18, 6:00 PM
, North Side Library
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Walk with a dose of inspiration. Award-winning author and educator Dr. Anthony Paustian will use the moon landing to explain how small steps can help you achieve great things in life. Paustian is the author of A Quarter Million Steps, an inspirational book on creativity. He’s also the host of A Step Beyond on IHeartRadio, where he chats with people who were inspired to make a change in their lives, careers, and industries. Following the presentation, Dr. Paustian will hold a book signing.

Apollo 11 Moon Landing: A Celebration with Dan Hoy
Thursday, July 18, 6:00 PM
, East Side Library
All Ages
NASA Solar System Ambassador Dan Hoy will stop by to discuss the moon landing and the events that led up to it. Hoy is a retired quality and process management leader who has made space and space exploration his hobby for more than 50 years. He now spends his time sharing the joys of space to build and sustain interest in space exploration. He will discuss the Apollo missions and the landing with a presentation that includes audio and video clips, models, demonstrations, and more.

Saturday, July 20, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Franklin Avenue Library
Saturday, July 20, all day, South Side Library
On July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to ever step onto the moon. 50 years later, we’re celebrating! Join us at Franklin and South as we stream NASA’s special 50th anniversary programming, including the moment Apollo 11 landed on the moon. We’ll have crafts, games, and more to commemorate this special event!