One Giant Leap for Mankind: First Man movie showing at the Library

At 4:19 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong reported to Mission Control in Houston, “The Eagle has landed.” He and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. had just landed the lunar module on the surface of the moon. Four and a half hours later, with almost everyone back on Earth watching, he descended the steps of the spacecraft and became the first man to set foot on the Moon. To commemorate this historic event, the Leavenworth Public Library is hosting a free showing of the movie First Man on Sunday, July 21 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the library’s Jahn Room.

For anyone who is now over the age of 55, the moon landing was one of the most important events ever witnessed. During the Cold War, the United States was in a space race with the Soviet Union, who was winning at the time. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy challenged our country to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. The movie focuses on the country’s efforts to reach this goal through the life of Neil Armstrong from 1961 to 1969.

The 2018 film starring Ryan Gosling is based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen. The movie explores one of the most incredible human accomplishments in history and the toll it took on Armstrong and the nation.

The movie won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects earlier this year, and as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. Oscar®-winning Damien Chazelle directed the film. He and Gosling also teamed up in 2016 for the six-time Academy Award®-winning film, La La Land.

The Library will provide free snacks during the movie. Families are welcome; children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Cindy McGuire, Programming/Marketing Coordinator at 913-682-5666 ext. 5100 or email: