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Pioneers of Space Exploration--Inglewood Public Library Hosts "Discover Earth: A Century of Change"
The Inglewood Public Library is very pleased to host three of the best known advocates and pioneers of space exploration, Dr. Louis Friedman and Emily Lakdawalla of The Planetary Society, and former NASA engineer James McCurry, for the final program of the Discover Earth exhibit.  They will be presenting an illustrated presentation on the past and present of space exploration at the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall of the Inglewood Main Library, 101 W. Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA, 90301, from 10.30 AM to 2 PM on March 15th, 2014.

When Dr. Louis Friedman helped co-found The Planetary Society, he brought to his position as Executive Director a wealth of experience in the space exploration community, including 10 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and five at AVCO Space Systems Division.  He has been a guiding force with the Society for over 30 years and remains as excited as ever about humanity's journey into the solar system.  Dr. Friedman will introduce our space exploration program and The Planetary Society.

James McCurry accomplished a career of 39 years in Systems Engineering and Program Management on a diverse assemblage of major engineering programs spanning aircraft, manned space, scientific and defense satellites, and computerized command and control systems, for the Air Force, Navy, Army, and NASA.  He received a graduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology; and completed over four years active duty in Weapon Systems Program Management offices of three bomber aircraft at Wright Field, Ohio.  From there he joined North American Aviation in Inglewood, California on the B-70 aircraft program.  In early 1960 he joined the newly formed Space Technology Laboratories (STL) Mercury Atlas Booster program office (later transferred to The Aerospace Corp.) as a Systems Engineer.  On Mercury, he participated in the booster acceptance and launch of all the Mercury Atlas flights at Cape Canaveral, including the historic flight of John Glenn.  Mr. McCurry will share his experiences and the daunting challenges to put the first American into space.

Emily Lakdawalla is a passionate advocate for the exploration of all of the worlds of our solar system. Through blogs, photos, videos, podcasts, print articles, Twitter, and any other medium she can put her hand to, Emily shares the adventure of space exploration with the world.  She came to The Planetary Society in 2001 to oversee a portion of the Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars project, an education and public outreach program on the Mars Exploration Rover mission funded by LEGO.  She has been writing and editing The Planetary Society Blog since 2005, reporting on space news, explaining planetary science, and sharing beautiful space photos.  She appears weekly on the Society's Planetary Radio podcast, answering listener questions or rounding up the latest space news from the blog.  Ms. Lakdawalla will give a presentation on the Golden Age of Space Exploration (now!), what's currently happening with robotic exploration of the solar system, including lots of amazing photos.

Volunteers from The Planetary Society will also be on hand to answer questions and show you their telescopes.

Discover Earth at a glance:

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The traveling exhibit, visiting only ten libraries throughout the United States, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute.  Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the National Girls Collaborative Project.  Discover Earth is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.  Inglewood will be the only stop for the exhibition on the West Coast.

The exhibition features an 18-inch-diameter Magic Planet(TM) globe and a 42-inch multi-touch table computer.  The exhibition displays incorporate personal narratives, stunning graphics, video, animations, weather artifacts, animal specimens, and simulation-based educational games.  Inglewood has already received a real-time digital weather station, collecting data and demonstrating how local temperature, pressure, and precipitation change before, during and after the exhibition.  This traveling exhibition will allow library patrons to understand how Earth€ment changes €ment of all the host communities.

The Inglewood Public Library is sponsoring a number of free programs for the public in connection with the exhibit.  Some of our local partners include the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum and The Planetary Society.  Discover Earth will be on display at the library from January 22nd to March 20th 2014.

For more information about this exhibition call (310) 412-5380, e-mail publiclibrary@cityofinglewood.org, or check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/inglewoodpubliclibrary.