Astronaut Scott Altman/Novelist Catherine Chung

What to look for on Smart Talk, Tuesday, July 9, 2019:

WITF’s “Summer of Space” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and man’s first steps on the moon in July, 1969. There are many programs on WITF, 89.5 FM and WITF-TV devoted to the historic event and the nation’s space program.

With that in mind, when an astronaut comes to town, Smart Talk wants to have a conversation with him.

Astronaut Scott Altman will be in Harrisburg Wednesday night (Paxtang Municipal Building, 3423 Derry Street from 6-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of Kline Library and Dauphin County Library Association) to discuss his four space shuttle flights, the space program, the significance of the Apollo 11 mission and even his role in one of the iconic scenes in the film Top Gun.

The former U.S. Navy Captain, test pilot, engineer and astronaut appears on Tuesday’s Smart Talk.

Also, there is a lot happening at WITF this summer in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Join WITF and Messiah Lifeways for a FREE sneak preview of the film 8 DAYS: TO THE MOON AND BACK and participate in a community conversation about it on Tuesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. at Hostetter Enrichment Center located on the campus of Messiah Lifeways in Mechanicsburg. The event is moderated by retired WITF Senior Vice President and current Senior Advisor Mike Greenwald, who witnessed and reported the launch of Apollo 11 at Cape Kennedy, Florida. The event is free and open to the public however, advance registration is preferred. Register Here!

Also on Smart Talk, author Catherine Chung discusses her much anticipated latest novel The Tenth Muse. The historical novel details a trailblazing mathematician who unearths her family story and its roots in World War II. Chung is set to appear at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore on Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m.