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From the Earth to the Moon

Sundays, February 17, 24, March 17, 24, 31
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

From Earth to the Moon

If you haven’t seen this award-winning 12-part HBO miniseries, now’s your chance. It tells the story of the landmark Apollo expeditions to the Moon during the 1960s and early 1970s in docudrama format. Directed by different individuals, each stand-alone episode uses a variety of viewpoints and themes to cover the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, and Michael Bostick. Each screening date will include two parts.

Space Comedy Double Feature

Saturday, February 16
12:00 - 4:00 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

12:00 pm: Mars Attacks!
This quirky science fiction comedy comically parodies the science-fiction films of the ‘50s and ‘60s.Directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson,Pierce Brosnan, and Glenn Close. Rated PG-13.

2:00 pm: Men in Black
In this box office hit, a police officer joins a secret organization that monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth. Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. Rated PG-13.

Talking to the Stars - How NASA/JPL Communicates with Deep Space Probes

Thursday, March 7
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

Jim Lux of JPLJim Lux of JPL will describe how we use the Deep Space Network (DSN) to communicate with spacecraft at the Moon, Mars, and past the end of the Solar System. He’ll discuss the challenges of communicating with a lander that’s not visible from Earth, and how cubesats like the MarCO relays (Wall-E and Eve) enabled controllers on the ground to know that Insight had landed successfully a few minutes after it happened.

Deep Space Network dishJim Lux is part of the Communications, Radar, and Tracking Division at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is currently managing the DARPA High Frequency Research (DHFR) Space Testbed, a cubesat that measures tiny signals from the galaxy’s center from above the ionosphere. Mr. Lux has been at JPL for 19 years, following award-winning work in physical special effects for film and TV, and design and development of electronic warfare.

Book Discussion

Saturday, March 16
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Newbury Park Library Meeting Room

Discussion of Rocket Men facilitated by Chris Coleman.

It Is Rocket Science!

Saturday, March 16
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room

Come and meet a real rocket scientist! Daniel Adamski is the Program Director for the RS-25 rocket engine program at Aerojet-Rocketdyne. Mr. Adamski will be giving a presentation on the RS-25 engine, its role in the Apollo program and future role with the Orion spacecraft and mission to Mars. This presentation will include engine parts, which you can examine. A Q&A will follow.

Rocket Men by Robert Kurson COVERAn Afternoon with Robert Kurson, Author of Rocket Men

Sunday, April 7
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Fred Kavli Theatre

Robert KursonThe 2019 Thousand Oaks Reads: One City One Book is Rocket Men by Robert Kurson, who also wrote the critically acclaimed bestsellers Pirate Hunters and Shadow Divers. Rocket Men tells the riveting story of Apollo 8 and the team of astronauts who made the first journey to the Moon in 1968.

“In 1968 we sent men to the Moon. They didn’t leave boot prints, but it was the first time humans ever left Earth for another destination. That mission was Apollo 8. And Rocket Men, under Robert Kurson’s compelling narrative, is that under-told story.” –Neil deGrasse Tyson

California Lutheran University President Chris Kimball, Ph.D., will be introducing the speaker and serving as moderator.

Tickets are required for this event and are available at both the Newbury Park and Grant R. Brimhall Libraries. Members of the Friends of the Library will be given priority admission 30 minutes before the event. Membership details can be obtained at the Information Desks.

Tuesday Night Movies at the Newbury Park Library • Tuesdays, 6:30 pm

February 19Solaris (Rated PG-13, 120 min., 2002)

February 26The Martian (Rated PG-13, 99 min., 2015)

March 5Hidden Figures (Rated PG, 127 min., 2016)

March 12Interstellar (Rated PG-13, 169 min., 2014)

March 19Gravity (Rated PG-13, 91 min., 2013)

March 26First Man (Rated PG-13, 142 min., 2018)

Youth & Family Programs

Friday, February 15 • 4:00 - 5:00 pm at GRB, Technology Training Room:  3D Printing Class - Design a Spaceship

Thursday, February 21 • 4:00 - 5:00 pm at GRB, Technology Training Room: STEAM: Rockets (MakerBox Collective)

Friday, February 22, 3:00 - 5:00 pm at GRB, Technology Training Room: Virtual Reality: Out of This World!

Monday, February 25 • 6:30 - 7:30 pm at GRB, Space Themed Pajama Storytime

Tuesday, February 26 • 4:00-5:00 pm at GRB, Teen Trivia – “Out of this World” Theme

Friday, March 8 • 3:00 - 5:00 pm at GRB, Technology Training Room: Virtual Reality: Out of This World!

Thursday March 14 • 4:00 - 5:00 pm at NPL, Teen Trivia: “Out of this World” Theme

Saturday, March 16 • 11:00 - 11:45 am at Grant R. Brimhall Library, AND 2:00-2:45 pm at Newbury Park LibraryAstronaut Andy Reads Across the Universe

Friday, March 22 • 3:00 - 5:00pm at GRB, Technology Training Room Virtual Reality: Out of This World!

Friday, March 29 • 4:00 - 5:00pm at GRB, Technology Training Room  3D Printing Class: Design a Robot

Every Day in February & March at GRB & NPL,  Trivia & Word Puzzles: “Out of this World” Theme

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