Daily Archives: May 28, 2019

Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Apollo 11 at Fifty, On view through August 3

Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Apollo 11 at Fifty
On view through August 3

As he became the first person to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong announced, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of that remarkable achievement as the last step in a long series that stretches back through the centuries to the beginnings of the modern scientific understanding of our place in the universe.

On display are landmarks in the history of science from Houghton Library’s collections—such as first editions of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton—together with rarely exhibited highlights from a private spaceflight collection, including artifacts used during the Apollo 11 mission and on the moon itself by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Together, these objects illuminate the path of research and discovery that made Apollo 11 possible.

Curatorial Tours: Small Steps, Giant Leaps
June 8, 2:00 PM; June 26, 5:30 PM
July 11, 12:30 PM; July 20, 4:30 PM; July 30, 5:30 PM
Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library

Join exhibition curator John Overholt for a guided tour of Small Steps, Giant Leaps to learn about the ways early modern science inspired and made possible the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

See: Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Apollo 11 at Fifty.


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Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science – The New York Times

By Coral Davenport and Mark Landler

May 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Trump has rolled back environmental regulations, pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, brushed aside dire predictions about the effects of climate change, and turned the term “global warming” into a punch line rather than a prognosis.

Now, after two years spent unraveling the policies of his predecessors, Mr. Trump and his political appointees are launching a new assault.

In the next few months, the White House will complete the rollback of the most significant federal effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, initiated during the Obama administration. It will expand its efforts to impose Mr. Trump’s hard-line views on other nations, building on his retreat from the Paris accord and his recent refusal to sign a communiqué to protect the rapidly melting Arctic region unless it was stripped of any references to climate change.

And, in what could be Mr. Trump’s most consequential action yet, his administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests.

…(read more).

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