The Wonder of It All
President and Mrs. George Bush and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation will host a screening of the documentary film The Wonder of it All on Thursday, October 16 at 5:30 pm. Part of the Kay and Britt Rice Lecture Series, the screening will be held at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Presidential Library Center, and a reception will follow. Astronauts from the Apollo space program and the film's director, Jeffrey Roth, will be available to answer questions following the screening. Astronauts currently scheduled to attend the event include Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan, Charles Duke, Joe Kerwin, Ken Mattingly, and John Young.
Honoring the men who walked on the moon and became heroes to a nation, The Wonder of it All uses thoughtful and candid accounts from seven moonwalkers to focus on the rarely told human side of the Apollo missions. In the film, astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan, Charles Duke, Edgar Mitchell, Harrison Schmitt, and John Young intimately reflect on the training, the tragedies, the camaraderie, and the effect their space travel has had on their families.
The Kay and Britt Rice Lecture Series is an endowed program designed to address emerging topics and current events of interest to members of our international, national, state and local communities. The purpose of the series is to bring to the Texas A&M University campus prominent experts and central figures in current issues of public interest.
The Wonder of it All is presented in conjunction with the Beyond the Moon: NASA's Continuing Mission exhibit, which is now on display at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum through August 2009. A collaboration between the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, and Space Center Houston, the three-part exhibit examines America's exploration into the final frontier. The LBJ Library and Museum begins with man's fascination with the heavens through the first walk on the moon. The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum continues the story with the end of Apollo, Skylab, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. Large scale models, original shuttle equipment, a shuttle simulator, and interactive programs are just a few of the spectacular items that are displayed. The third part of the story, which will explore the future of NASA, will take place at Space Center Houston.
This is a ticketed event. Free tickets are available at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the MSC Box Office at Texas A&M University, the Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Eagle, KBTX-TV, and WTAW. For more information, call 979-862-2251.