Press Release - Detail
For release Friday, October 08, 2010
CONTACT: Linda Wilson
Staff Development Coordinator, Public Relations Department
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746

Local Author Discusses Manned Spaceflight to Mars
Part of BPL’s Alabama Bound Presents

Manned spaceflight to Mars has long been a staple of science fiction, but the hurdles – both technological and financial – have kept exploration of the red planet earthbound. Award-winning journalist Pat Duggins examines the extreme new challenges facing those making this perilous journey in his new book, Trailblazing Mars: NASA’s Next Giant Leap, presented as part of Birmingham Public Library’s Alabama Bound Presents series. The program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9 in the Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium located in the Linn Henley Building at 2100 Park Place.

Pat Duggins is news director at Alabama Public Radio and author of Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program. He has covered more than 100 space shuttle missions of NPR, starting with the 1986 Challenger accident and including three hours of live coverage following the 2003 loss of Columbia.

Alabama Bound Presents is a series of Alabama author talks and book signings offered free-of-charge by the Birmingham Public. Alabama Bound Presents highlights local and regional authors who reflect the diversity of our community and draw from a wide range of personal experience. Through programs such as these, the library seeks to provide Birmingham citizens of all ages with opportunities for entertainment, ongoing education, and personal growth and an opportunity for local authors to publicize their latest work. This series replaces the one day event, Alabama Bound, previously held in the spring of each year.

Additional programs are scheduled as part of Alabama Bound Presents. For more information, please visit the BPL Web site at or call (205) 226-3742.
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