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Film Showing: The Collins Story: Steps to the Moon

Date: June 24, 2022
Time: 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM
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Director: Eric Dean Freese

In the days before personal computers, before the Internet and the worldwide web connected us to global information, before smartphones connected us to one another, before GPS guided our journeys…Before this technology was a part of everyday life, American astronauts explored new frontiers in space and on the moon. A half-century ago, men on board the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space capsules talked to earth, navigated in space and to the moon and back, and exchanged critical data with mission control. How was this accomplished five decades ago? By the ingenuity and dedication of a company founded in the heartland of America – The Collins Radio Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Steps to the Moon follows the journey of young Arthur Collins, and how his passion for communication technology, led the growth of his company from a modest home-based operation, into a major supplier for the US military, and an essential contributor to the success of the American space program. Learn about the people who designed the space communication systems and how these systems were unprecedented technical feats that played a crucial role in America’s race to be the first to land a man on the moon.

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