“Adler Planetarium to Host Discussion at Book Cellar,” by S.M. O’Connor

Next month, the Adler Book Club of the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum in downtown Chicago is hosting an event at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square (Community Area #4) on the Far North Side of Chicago to discuss science journalist and authoress Nancy Atkinson’s new book Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Missions.  This free event will occur on Thursday, September 5, 2019.  It will began in 7:00 p.m.

Ms. Atkinson writes for Universe Today, Seeker, and Ad Astra (not to be confused with the forthcoming science fiction film of the same name).  She and her husband have three sons.  In Eight Years to the Moon, she weaves together a narrative with threads from over sixty interviews, and illustrates it with personal photographs from the men and women who made N.A.S.A.’s Apollo 11 mission to the Moon possible.  Page Street Publishing released the book on July 2, 2019.  The list price of this hardcover book is $35.

Dr. Andrew Johnston, the Adler Planetarium’s Vice President of Astronomy and Collections, will join Ms. Atkinson in a discussion about the scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who made it possible for astronauts to step foot on the Moon. He oversees the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum’s efforts in astronomical research, visualizations, near-space exploration efforts, the history of astronomical research, conservation of the museum collections, and public outreach with those same collections.

The Book Cellar™ is an independent bookstore.  The address is 4736-38 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625.  Sundays and Tuesdays, it is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, it is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The phone number is (773) 293-2665.

The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is located at the northeastern corner of Northerly Island, which is really a peninsula.  It is the only island from a chain of artificial islands Daniel Hudson Burnham, Senior (1846-1912) and Edward H. Bennett (1874-1954) called for in the Plan of Chicago.  Northerly Island is part of the Chicago Park District’s Burnham ParkThe Field Museum of Natural History, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum comprise the Museum Campus at the northern end of Burnham Park, east of Grant Park in downtown Chicago.  Soldier Field and the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place are immediately south of the Museum Campus.  The Arie Crown Theater is inside the Lakeside Center.

Normally, the Adler Planetarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Memorial Day (May 27, 2019) through Labor Day (September 2, 2019) and during “Winter Break” from Thursday, December 26, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  The Adler Planetarium will close early at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019.  It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28, 2019) and Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25, 2019).

The address is 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.  The phone number is (312) 922-7827.  The Website U.R.L. is https://www.adlerplanetarium.org.

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