Posted by William Nunnelley on 2009-07-16

The Birmingham Astronomical Society will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11's mission to the Moon in Samford University's Christenberry Planetarium Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. The program is open to the public free.

Technology and science commentator Jim McDade, who has chronicled the space program and interviewed most of the astronauts who walked on the Moon, will speak. As an editor of, McDade served as an assistant to biographer James Hansen in his research on Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon.

Armstrong walked on the Moon at 3:17 p.m. CST July 20, 1969, uttering his famous remark, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

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