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Join us for a special panel discussion and book signing for The Unknown and Impossible: How a Research Facility in Virginia Mastered the Air and Conquered Space, by the Daily Press, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of NASA Langley, on Monday, August 7, 7-8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
The Unknown and Impossible was written by Daily Press reporters Tamara Dietrich, Mark St. John Erickson, and Mike Holtzclaw, who will discuss the history of NASA Langley and sign copies of the book after their talk. The book is available in the museum gift shop for $15.99. Museum members receive a 10% discount.The first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, trained for his mission at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, as had so many before him. This is the laboratory where America's space program was launched, and where its pioneering work helped change the course of military and commercial aviation. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and dozens of other astronauts trained at Langley. Langley engineers helped design the space shuttle. Engineers from Langley led Viking, taking the first photos of Mars in the 1970s. NASA Langley next is working toward getting humans to Mars.This book takes a look at the beginning of this research facility in 1917, at first part of Langley Field, then becoming the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, with only a few dozen employees. NACA Langley became the place to know about aeronautics, building wind tunnels, adding talent and soon hosting the top names of aviation including Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. After the launch of Sputnik, everything changed and the NACA became NASA. Langley Research Center was tasked with the mission of sending men into orbit, heading up Project Mercury, where Hampton, Virginia, was home to the Mercury 7 and the Space Task Group.The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information call 757-727-1102.