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July 29, 11:30-12:30, Summer Movie: Destination Moon

July 24th, 2014

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, we are showing “Destination Moon” on July 29 at the Hub.

Destination Moon

“Destination Moon” is the third in the trio of documentaries about the beginnings of the space age. It documents JPL’s ambitious plan to beat the Soviet Union in robotic space exploration by reaching not only for the moon, but also Earth’s neighboring planets Venus and Mars. But as the hour-long episode documents, JPL would be humbled by a series of failures in attempting to merely hit the moon, let alone visit other planets. “We didn’t know what we were doing,” one veteran JPL engineer confides, “and there was no one around to tell us.” This film shows how JPL did learn to go to the moon and to Venus, bestowing on the United States as a true “First in Space.”

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email library@jpl.nasa.gov., or leave a comment here.

 

 

 

 

July 22, 11:30-1:00, Summer Movie: The Staff of Dreams

July 17th, 2014

The Stuff of Dreams

In late 2013, JPL’s Voyager 1 spacecraft reached the space between the stars—the first time a human-made object has ever gone beyond the breath of our sun’s wind. What is more is that, this is not the first “first” record that Voyager has made. Since their commencement in 1977, the twin Voyager spacecraft have made numerous “firsts”. However, what isn’t widely known is that the project almost never got off the ground.

Written, produced and directed by Blaine Baggett, JPL’s director for communications and education, “The Stuff of Dreams” describes the challenges mission managers and the lab had to face developing and launching the twin Voyager spacecraft and operating them during the encounters with Jupiter and Saturn. Through first-hand accounts of those who were there, the film shows how the mission and JPL survived times of uncertainty and debate about the future of the U.S. space program and managed to fly the smartest robots of that age on the most ambitious planetary tour ever designed.

July 15, 11:30-1:00, Summer Movie: the Changing Faces of Mars

July 7th, 2014

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.   Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, enjoy!

On July 15th, we are showing “The Changing Face of Mars”.

The Changing Face of Mars

Of all the planets in our solar system, Mars has always held the most fascination. — This is the story of the first pioneering missions to reach Mars and how each encounter resulted in surprise, dismay or delight for those who first took us there.

Since the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mariner 4 first visited the Red Planet in 1964, 38 more hopeful explorers around the world have been tasked with investigating Mars and challenging our beliefs about the mysterious planet. Only 15 of these missions have been successful, yet their findings have drastically altered our view of Mars.

This JPL – produced, 90-minute documentary is told through a mix of archival footage and interviews with the scientists and engineers who pioneered Mars exploration. It serves as the fourth installment of Baggett’s Beginnings of the Space Age documentary series chronicling the evolution of space exploration since the first rockets were launched into space.

For more information about the movie and other Library and  Archives resources and services, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200,  email library@jpl.nasa.gov., or leave a comment here.

July 2, 11:30-12:30, Summer Movie: Explorer One

June 25th, 2014

The JPL Library and Archives is screening a series of videos at the Hub during lunch time this Summer.   Beat the heat, bring your lunch, come to the Hub, enjoy!

On July 2nd, we are showing “Explorer One”, a part of the “Beginning of the Space Age” series.

Explorer One

This document reveals how JPL and the U.S. Army could have been the first to place a satellite into Earth orbit, had they been given the chance. That opportunity was lost when the Eisenhower administration, unsure how the Soviet Union would react to a satellite launched under the aegis of the U. S. Army military, hesitated and assigned the project to a civilian-led program called Vanguard.  The Soviet launched Sputnik in October 1957, shocking the world and setting in motion the Cold War’s “Race for Space.” Only after the Vanguard rocked exploded on the launch p[ad were JPL and the U.S. Army given a chance. The result was 1958′s Explorer 1, the first successful U.S. satellite, which also delivered the first-ever scientific discovery from space.

Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov, ext 4-4200 for resources and services from the Library, Archives, and Records Section.