DOWNEY - Space flight historian Dr. Jim Busby will present "Sputnik I and Explorer I" inside the library's Cormack Room at 2 p.m. Sunday.When Russia launched Sputnik I on Oct. 4, 1957, the Earth got its first artificial satellite and the space race was born. A small group of scientists from Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory built America's first successful artificial satellite, Explorer I, launched on Jan. 31, 1958. Busby will discuss these milestones in the early days of the space race and their legacy 50 years later. The free program is presented as part of the Downey City Library's One Book, One Community reading project featuring "Rocket Boys" by Homer Hickam. For more information, call the library at (562) 904-7360, ext. 132.
********** Published: October 2, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 24