It's been 40 years since man last walked on the moon. And America no longer launches spacecraft from Florida...NASA leaves that job to the Russians.
What, then, is the future of space travel?
Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle holds a public conversation with Washington Post reporter and space expert Joel Achenbach aboutThe Future of Space Explorationon Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The event is the second presentation in the Library's new series Dateline: Washington with David Von Drehle, which provides an insider's look at key issues in Washington D.C. through the eyes of America's top journalists.
Achenbach started The Washington Post's first online column, "Rough Draft," in 1999, and launched washingtonpost.com's first blog, Achenblog , in 2005. Among his books are A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea (an account of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and its aftermath), The Grand Idea: George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West, and Captured By Aliens: The Search for Life and Truth in a Very Large Universe. His syndicated column "Why Things Are" (1988-1996) appeared in 50 newspapers.
Von Drehle, a Kansas City resident, has reported and edited for the Denver Post, Miami Herald, and Washington Post. Among his books are Why They Fought: The Real Reason for the Civil War, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, and Among the Lowest of the Dead: The Culture of Capital Punishment. In March Von Drehle spoke at the library on his new book
Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year.
This series is made possible by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy
Fund Grants to the Truman Library Institute and to the Kansas City Public
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.