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Fox Chapel library shares untold stories of Apollo 11 landing

Tawnya Panizzi
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In this July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. (Neil Armstrong/NASA via AP)

To mark the 50th anniversary of the awe-inspiring first steps on the moon, Cooper-Siegel Community Library will host a celebration with untold stories of the Apollo 11 landing mission.

The space-themed event will mark Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin taking the first-ever steps on the moon. The library invites people age 12 and older to listen to first-hand tales by aficionado Eric Fischer – who attended the Apollo 11 launch when he was 19.

The event will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3.

It is free.

The historic moon landing mission is one of the best-documented events of all time, library Executive Director Jill McConnell said.

“Nevertheless, many fascinating back stories and sub-plots have surfaced in recent years about the mission, the crew and their spacecraft,” she said.

“Untold Stories of the Apollo Lunar Landing Missions” includes stories about the U.S. flag at the Apollo 11 landing site being blown over by the engine exhaust.

Fischer will also talk about how a crisis was averted when astronaut Aldrin used a ball-point pen to fix an engine circuit breaker.

Fischer, a lifetime student of space exploration, has published articles and given presentations on topics that include the origins of the International Space Station and observing artificial satellites.

Most recently, he served as a Gallery Host at the recent “Destination Moon” exhibit at the Heinz History Center.

Fischer is an avid amateur astronomer and serves on the staff of the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park, which is operated by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP).

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121 x1512, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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