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."

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.