News from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Countdown begins...

The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library and the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with NASA's Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston, will tell the story of America's exploration into the final frontier. The LBJ Library will begin with man's fascination with the heavens through the first walk on the moon.

The George Bush Presidential Library 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 to be displayed. This exhibit opens on September 19, 2008 and runs through August 23, 2009.

The third part of the story, which will explore what's next for the future of NASA, will take place at Space Center Houston.

The countdown begins...!

National Issues Forum Series

This year, for the first time in history, all of the presidential libraries are cooperating to hold deliberative forums on several key issues facing the nation in the upcoming presidential elections. Each library will have a forum on health care, along with two other topics that the libraries feel are particularly relevant to residents in their areas, such as race relations, energy, or immigration.

In collaboration with the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will host a series of discussions on public policy issues between Labor Day and Election Day this fall. All forums are open to the public and will be held in the Classroom of the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum.

Forums will be held:

September 23, 2008

Coping with the Cost of Health Care: How
Do We Pay for What We Need?
7:00 p.m.

October 7, 2008

Too Many Children Left Behind: How Do
We Close the Gap?
7:00 p.m.

These forums are nonpartisan and are not formatted like typical political debates. Rather, they will be more like public discussions, giving citizens a chance to explore the costs and benefits of proposed courses of action. "Participants in a forum," NIFI chairman William Winter, said "deliberate with one another eye-to-eye, face-to-face, exploring options, weighing others' views, considering the costs and consequences of public policy decisions. In a democracy, citizens have a responsibility to make choices about how to solve problems and forums help enrich participants' thinking on public issues. By offering citizens a framework for deliberative forums, NIFI helps the public take an active role in acting on public issues."

The deliberative forums convened by the presidential libraries this fall should be rich with opportunities to hear the public voice that emerges when people talk through difficult issues.

Autograph Session with Aggie Astronaut: Mike Fossum
Before you go watch the Aggies beat Army on Saturday, September 27th, come meet Aggie Astronaut, Mike Fossum on Friday, September 26th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Rotunda of the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum.

Mike Fossum received his commission in the U.S. Air Force from Texas A&M University in May 1980. After completing his graduate work at the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1981, he was detailed to NASA-Johnson Space Center where he supported Space Shuttle flight operations. As a Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) in Mission Control, Fossum supported several flights, including Lead CAPCOM for Space Station Expedition-6. Mike Fossum completed his first space flight on STS-121 in 2006, logging over 306 hours in space, including over 21 hours in 3 space walks.

During the 13-day flight, the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery tested new equipment and procedures that increase the safety of space shuttles and produced never-before-seen, high-resolution images of the Shuttle during and after its July 4th launch. The crew also performed maintenance on the space station and delivered and transferred more than 28,000 pounds of supplies and equipment, and a new Expedition 13 crew member to the station. Mike Fossum and Piers Sellers performed 3 space walks to test the 50-ft robotic arm boom extension as a work platform. They removed and replaced a cable that provides power, command and data and video connections to the station's mobile transporter rail car. They also tested techniques for inspecting and repairing the reinforced carbon-carbon segments that protect the shuttle's nose cone and leading edge of the wings.

This event is free to the public. And while you are here, please be sure to check out the Space Exploration Trailer on the Grounds of the Museum. For more information, please call (979) 691-4068.

Space Exploration Trailer

On display beginning on September 26 through September 28, the Johnson Space Center Space Exploration Trailer will be on display on a space exploration traveling exhibit on the grounds of the Museum from September 26-September 28.

The trailer begins with a cosmic waiting area where visitors will learn what they will need to travel to the moon and Mars. After the "training session," video screens display virtual models of the moon and Mars, allowing visitors to learn about their surfaces, the history of NASA's research on each, and future plans for exploration. The second section of the trailer, featuring a hexagonal theater, introduces visitors to NASA's plan to return to the moon to create a working environment that will help ensure safer, more effective future exploration further into the solar system. Highlighted are NASA-inspired technologies that have led to the improvement of the quality of life on Earth.

This exhibit is free to the public, but is only here for a limited time. For more information, please call (979) 691-4068.

Chase Untermeyer

Chase Untermeyer, former United States Ambassador to Qatar, and Diana Untermeyer, community activist, will present the ConocoPhillips White House Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. on October 1 at the Annenberg
Presidential Conference Center. This program will be jointly offered as part of Texas A&M University's Lockheed Martin World Scholar-in-Residence Program.

Beginning September 15, free tickets will be available in the Bryan-College Station community at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum, Texas A&M University MSC Box Office, Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Eagle, KBTX-TV, and WTAW.

For more information, call 979-862-2251.

IPOD Downloads
Experience the Museum in a whole new way! You can now download the Museum's guided tour narrated by President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and their daughter, Doro, on your IPOD. For more information, please visit http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu.

Foundation Membership

Foundation membership has its privileges! Various membership levels are available and all include:

Personalized membership card
Free annual admission for two adults to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
10% discount in the Library and Museum Gift Shop and Catalog
Newsletter and quarterly flyers
Additional membership levels include event invitations and special gifts and publications from the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. For more information aboutgiving to the Foundation and the benefits you'll receive, visit the website at http://www.georgebushfoundation.org.

Your gift will help to continue the Library Center's mission of providing a dynamic learning environment for future generations, and you can become an integral part of a creative learning experience that documents the important events of our era.

Library Hours
The hours of the Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library are Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 5:00 p.m. Admission to the Museum is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for senior citizens (62+) and active and retired military with ID, $5.00 for groups of 20 or more with advance reservations. Children (6 and older) are $3.00; Texas A&M and Blinn College students as well as children under 6 are free. Audio wands are also available for $3.00.


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