President Bush Hosts Documentary, Apollo Astronauts

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

It's not often you can see a great documentary and meet a group of legendary astronauts, all while being hosted by a former president and first lady.

But that's what the Bush Library has in store October 16 when it presents "The Wonder of it All" at 5:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.

President and Mrs. George Bush and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation will host the screening as part of the Kay and Britt Rice Lecture Series. Following the film, astronauts from the Apollo space program and the film's director, Jeffrey Roth, will be available to answer questions. Astronauts currently scheduled to attend the event include Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan, Charles Duke, Joe Kerwin, Ken Mattingly, and John Young.

Honoring the men who walked on the moon and became heroes to a nation, "The Wonder of it All" uses candid accounts from seven moon walkers to focus on the rarely told human side of the Apollo missions. In the film, astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan, Charles Duke, Edgar Mitchell, Harrison Schmitt, and John Young reflect on the training, the tragedies, the camaraderie, and the effect their space travel has had on their families.

The Kay and Britt Rice Lecture Series is an endowed program designed to address emerging topics and current events of interest to members of our international, national, state and local communities. The purpose of the series is to bring to the Texas A&M University campus prominent experts and central figures in current issues of public interest.

"The Wonder of it All" is presented in conjunction with the Beyond the Moon: NASA's Continuing Mission exhibit, which is now on display at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum through August 2009. A collaboration between the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, and Space Center Houston, the three-part exhibit examines America's exploration into the final frontier.

This is a ticketed event. Free tickets are available at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the MSC Box Office at Texas A&M University, the Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Eagle, KBTX-TV, and WTAW. For more information, call 979-862-2251.

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