Pass the Torch : How Apollo 8 won the 1960s space race and changed the world

When:  Jul 25, 2019 from 18:00 to 19:00 (CT)
Associated with  Greater Huntsville Section

Please join us in the National Geographic Theater on Thursday, July 25, at 6:00 p.m., in conjunction with our German Biergarten, to hear the compelling story of Apollo 8 by Mr. Robert Zimmerman, award-winning science journalist and historian. AIAA Greater Huntsville Section is the featured non-profit for the evening. A portion of the food sales that evening will be donated to the organization.

Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase.

Though the flight of Apollo 8 was the first human journey to another world, it has largely been forgotten in the ensuing decades amid the glory and excitement of the actual lunar landing in July 1969, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Yet, this earlier mission probably exerted a much greater influence on human history, coming as it did during Christmas week 1968 at the end of what had been an ugly and violent year. Not only did Apollo 8 give the human race our first view of our mother planet as a globe, it was the success of this mission that actually won the space race. Zimmerman will tell this story and its still-echoing historical impact, describing it from the perspective of the three astronauts who flew it.


Robert Zimmerman has written six books and more than a hundred articles on science, engineering, and the history of space exploration and technology. He also reports on space and science news at his website, Behind the Black (

Pass the Torch features innovative, influential and interesting professionals from industry, academia and government speaking about their work in space, aeronautics, engineering, science research and other related fields. The Pass the Torch series is open to the public and is a great way to reconnect with history, learn more about specialized topics, or even catch a glimpse of an exciting future, Pass the Torch inspires and educates young and old alike!


U.S. Space & Rocket Center, National Geographic Theater
1 Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805