• Bards Alley: Author Appearances: Teasel Muir-Harmony & Mark Thiessen

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    Name: Bards Alley: Author Appearances: Teasel Muir-Harmony & Mark Thiessen
    Date: November 10, 2018
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
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    National Geographic authors Teasel Muir-Harmony and Mark Thiessen will read from their latest books, Apollo To the Moon: A History in 50 Objects (November 2018) and Spectacle: Rare and Astonishing Photographs (October 2018), at Bards Alley on November 10 at 2:00 pm.

    Apollo To the Moon: A History in 50 Objects

    Bold photographs, fascinating graphics, and engaging stories commemorate the 20th century’s most important space endeavor: NASA’s Apollo program to reach the moon. From the lunar rover and a survival kit to space food and moon rocks, it’s a carefully curated array of objects–complete with intriguing back stories and profiles of key participants.

    This book showcases the historic space exploration program that landed humans on the moon, advanced the world’s capabilities for space travel, and revolutionized our sense of humanity’s place in the universe. Each historic accomplishment is symbolized by a different object, from a Russian stamp honoring Yuri Gagarin and plastic astronaut action figures to the Apollo 11 command module, piloted by Michael Collins as Armstrong and Aldrin made the first moonwalk, together with the monumental art inspired by these moon missions. Throughout, Apollo to the Moon also tells the story of people who made the journey possible: the heroic astronauts as well as their supporters, including President John F. Kennedy, newsman Walter Cronkite, and NASA scientists such as Margaret Hamilton.

    TEASEL E. MUIR-HARMONY, curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, is a distinguished scholar of space history. She earned a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writing a dissertation on the political implications of the Apollo program. She has published more than a dozen articles and book reviews and has presented internationally on various topics in the cultural history of 20th-century space science.

    Spectacle: Rare and Astonishing Photographs

    In life, there are certain sights that are as beautiful as they are unforgettable–from a majestic supercell to the secrets of a deep blue ice cave to the world’s largest library. These fascinating spectacles shock us in their diversity, their complexity, and their epic scale, bringing us the miraculous beauty of our planet. Featuring more than 200 color images, including acclaimed photography from the National Geographic Image Collection, this volume presents a dazzling

    MARK THIESSEN has been a photographer with National Geographic since 1990 and on staff since 1997.

    He is widely published in all areas of the National Geographic Society, including National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Adventure magazine, and National Geographic Traveler magazine. National Geographic books that feature Thiessen’s work include Return to Midway, which documents the discovery of the U.S.S. Yorktown, and Baseball as America, a look at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    In 1996, Thiessen began a personal photography project on wildland firefighters that took him to the front lines of wildfires every summer. To better understand the world of this little known subculture, he became a certified wildland firefighter. An award-winning online piece, FireCall, features Thiessen’s photographs and interviews with a veteran wildland firefighter. Thiessen was also profiled for an episode of the National Geographic Channel’s Out There series.

    This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

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    110 Church Street NW
    Vienna, VA 22180
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