A mini-exhibit in the 1st floor lobby/research commons of the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library will be in place later today, showing an SEL-purchased limited-edition book from the Engineering Special Collections component of History & Special Collections for the Sciences.
Norman Mailer’s “Moonfire: the epic journey of Apollo 11” (Cologne, Germany: Taschen, 2009) is available (except this coming week) in our reading room.
“Illustrating this volume are hundreds of the best photographs and maps from the NASA vaults, magazine archives, and private collections. Many of them previously unpublished, these images document the development of the agency and the mission, life inside the Command Module and on the Moon's surface, and the world's jubilant reaction to the landing. This edition includes an original introduction by Colum McCann and captions by leading Apollo 11 experts explaining the history and science behind the images, citing the mission log and publications of the day and postflight astronaut interviews" –Inside cover.
The book is accompanied by a signed portrait of Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon. The book is packaged in a custom-molded white resin box with a convex Plexiglas window which is meant to make one think of a window on a space capsule.
An “Open the (Exhibit) Case” opportunity to view this item close-up will be held in the lobby/research commons of the Biomedical Library at noon on Thursday, July 21st. Please join us then!