On 20 July 1969, a historical milestone took place: Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon. Here, he spoke his now-famous words: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” This memorable moment was broadcast live around the world on television and radio. It became the most watched TV programming up to that date, with over 500 million viewers worldwide, and was covered heavily in the press. This event has also help a lasting impression in popular culture, including reference and portrayal in film, television, video games, folklore, literature and more.
This moment was integral and influential for astronomy and space travel research. Not only does this event hold importance for the space industry, but also for humankind. Sending two astronauts into space, landing smoothly on the Moon and returning them safely to Earth was a dream many believed to be impossible. This huge achievement allowed for the conception and development of more human spaceflight missions.
On Saturday, July 20th at 2 pm, come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this important milestone at the Creston Public Library!
We will be showing the film ‘First Man’ from the Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling. This film follows the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Each month the Creston Public Library offers a screening of one of the latest hard hitting or informative releases for viewing and discussion. Everyone is welcome, admittance is free, and there is no need to register.
To learn more about this film and to watch the movie trailer please see the website: https://www.uphe.com/movies/first-man Run time: 141 minutes, rated PG13.
As with all of our films: The views and statements expressed in this film are solely those of the film makers and the other contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Creston Public Library.