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CMA and Caltech Flying Club Present "The Remarkable Live of Neil Armstrong"

Thursday, March 30, 2006
4:30pm to 6:00pm
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JPL, von Karman Auditorium
James Hansen, author,

While astronaut Neil A. Armstrong is known throughout the world as the first man to walk on the moon, the public knows less about his earlier years as a Navy ensign and combat pilot. During the Korean War, Armstrong flew 78 combat missions, and later was a research pilot on many pioneering high-speed aircraft. Join us as James R. Hansen, author of First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, reveals how much more there is to this American legend than his famous words from the lunar surface: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Dr. Hansen has written about the history of science and technology and the impact of science and technology on society. In 1995, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) nominated his book Spaceflight Revolution for a Pulitzer Prize, the only time NASA has made such a nomination. His book From the Ground Up (1988) won the History Book Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His scholarship has also been honored by the National Space Club and the Air Force Historical Foundation. At Auburn University, Dr. Hansen teaches courses on the history of flight, science, and space, as well as the history of technological failure.

Copies of First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong are available for purchase at the JPL Store and Caltech Bookstore and can also be obtained at the event. Dr. Hansen will be available to sign books after the talk.

This event is free. All members of the Campus and JPL communities and retirees are welcome.

For more information, please contact Michael Eastwood by phone at (818) 354-4737 or by email at [email protected].