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“To the Moon!” program will feature popular authors, widow of Challenger astronaut


Challenger Learning Center of Colorado, in partnership with Pikes Peak Library District, is presenting three space-related events in a program called “To the Moon!” on Saturday, Nov. 13.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a Return to the Moon space mission simulation at Challenger Learning Center. Emergencies and challenging problems will face participants (both adults and students) in this program when humanity returns to the Moon to establish a permanent lunar base, study the feasibility for developing a self-sustaining off-planet settlement, and create a stepping stone for human planetary exploration. Participants will send a probe to the Moon’s surface, study its geology, and seek natural resources.

While some participants are still exploring the Moon, Rebecca Moesta and Kevin J. Anderson, well-known and popular authors of dozens of sci-fi and adventure books for all ages, will hold a book signing for their latest book at Challenger Learning Center. Moonbase Crisis is first in the Star Challenger series and inspired by June Scobee Rodgers (see below). This adventure for youth follows a group of students who, because they have experienced Challenger Learning Center missions, have been handpicked by the mysterious Commander Zota to travel into the future and to a real moonbase in trouble where they will learn critical skills to save mankind.

June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee and inspiration for the new youth adventure book Moonbase Crisis, will give a presentation at 1 p.m. at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Dr. Rodgers will share compelling stories, insights and wisdom gained from the dramatic and painful tragedy of the Challenger accident as well as from her expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

All events take place on Saturday, Nov. 13. Reserve your space for any of these events by calling (719) 598-9755 by November 10.

Return to the Moon
9 a.m. - noon at Challenger Learning Center, Lexington Drive, Suite 110
Adults $25, students $20

Moonbase Crisis book signing
10 a.m. - noon at Challenger Learning Center, Lexington Drive, Suite 110

Lunch & June Scobee Rodgers presentation
1 – 2 p.m. at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
$25 ticket includes lunch, book, and presentation