Spacetacular! to feature renowned author Chaikin

A daylong space event featuring noted author and space historian Andrew Chaikin will be held Saturday, July 7, at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City.

The “Spacetacular!” event presented by the Iowa Space Science Center will include a handful of separate programs:

  • Digital star shows for kids ages 5-12 from noon-3 p.m.
  • Screening of the film “Apollo 13,” 3-5:45 p.m.
  • Guest presentations by Mr. Chaikin and University of Iowa Physicist and Professor Donald Gurnett, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mr. Gurnett will present “The Search For Life In the Solar System.”
  • Planetarium tours, book signings and more

All events are free and open to the public. The star shows in a special dome on the Englert stage will be held at noon, 12:40, 1:20, 2 and 2:40 p.m. Children ages 5 to 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Call the Englert box office at (319) 688-2653, ext. 1, to register.

After the film screening, there will be a break for dinner with Mr. Gurnett and Mr. Chaikin. Dinner attendance will be limited. For information, contact the ISSC’s Charlie Miller by e-mail at

Mr. Chaikin is the author of several books about space, including the three-volume set A Man on the Moon. His work helped inspire the HBO series “From Earth to the Moon,” and he is a commentator on NPR. His children’s books include When Dinosaurs Walked and Mission Control, This Is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon. His 2009 book, Voices from the Moon: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences, was notable for including interviews with 23 of 24 Apollo astronauts, including the elusive Neil Armstrong.

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