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Downtown Bend: Moon Country-Oregon and the Space Race

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location
Downtown Bend Library
Brooks Room
Description
Central Oregon played host to astronauts preparing for the first lunar landing in the 1960s.

During the 1960s, Oregon played an important role in the Space Race as a training ground for astronauts preparing for the first lunar landing. Many geologists thought that Central Oregon's landscape and rocks resembled that of the Moon, making it an ideal training spot for astronauts to test gear and develop skills navigating challenging terrain.

In this talk, Laura Ferguson, the Curator of Western History at the High Desert Museum, explores the role Central Oregon played in the space program, as well as highlights what life was like for those living in Bend at the time.


*ani* Laura Ferguson
Event Links
A Novel Idea 2019
Event Type
Adult Program
Age Group(s)
Adult
Presenter
Laura Ferguson
Contact
Liz Goodrich | lizg@deschuteslibrary.org | 541-312-1032
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