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Oscar® -winning director (and frequent CFI visitor) Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteamed for 2018’s First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on engineer Neil Armstrong, who joined the space program in 1961 and spent years in training, risking his life during numerous test flights until the fateful day of July 16, 1969 when the nation and the world watched in wonder as Armstrong and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins embarked on the historic Apollo 11 spaceflight. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie explores the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and the nation while embarking on one of the most dangerous missions in history. Rated PG-13. Director: Damien Chazelle (US 2018) 138 min

As part of CFI’s Science on Screen series, host David Templeton will launch the evening with a special pre-screening presentation by Amy Young of Marin County’s Space Station Museum, which participated in the making of First Man by providing authentic NASA artifacts used in recording the sounds of the film. After the screening, Templeton will lead a conversation and Q&A with astronaut Daniel Bursch, whose experience includes missions on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, where he spent 196 days, setting a record for the longest duration in space by an American astronaut.

As part of this presentation, the Space Station Museum will bring additional artifacts related to NASA’s efforts to reach the moon and make history beyond the planet Earth.

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This presentation is part of SCIENCE ON SCREEN®, a series pairing film screenings with lively scientific discussions – an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.