VERMILLION — The Vermillion Public Library will host a Lunch & Learn event on Friday, July 5. In conjunction with this year’s Summer Reading Program theme, “A Universe of Stories,” attendees will be viewing a documentary that chronicles NASA’s Apollo 8 mission.

In “NOVA: Apollo’s Daring Mission,” Apollo astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon. The U.S. space program suffered a bitter setback when Apollo 1 ended in a deadly fire during a pre-launch run-through. In disarray, and threatened by the prospect of a Soviet Union victory in the space race, NASA decided upon a radical and risky change of plan: turn Apollo 8 from an earth-orbit mission into a daring sprint to the moon while relying on untried new technologies. Fifty years after the historic mission, the Apollo 8 astronauts and engineers recount the feats of engineering that paved the way to the moon.

Refreshments will be served, and as always, guests are also welcome to bring their own food. The documentary starts at noon in the Kozak Room.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library at 18 Church Street, Vermillion, call 605-677-7060 or see the library’s website at vermillionpubliclibrary.org.

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