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Bestselling Author Andy Weir Appears at Space Center Houston

Weir talks about new lunar novel “Artemis” and holds book signing Nov. 18

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HOUSTON, Nov. 6, 2017 – Space Center Houston welcomes best-selling author Andy Weir for a special presentation and signing of his new book “Artemis” Nov. 18. This special event, included with admission to Space Center Houston, is Weir’s only Houston appearance and comes just days after the book debuts.

“As an avid history buff of human space exploration, I’m excited to appear at Space Center Houston where the command modules from the alpha and the omega of lunar landings are under the same roof for the first time,” Weir said. “With my new book ‘Artemis’ set on a future colonized moon that pays tribute to the great Apollo astronauts, there is no more fitting place.”

“Artemis” is a near-future heist thriller set on Earth’s moon which has been colonized by humans. The book will be available for purchase in the center’s gift shop.

“Andy’s books get people thinking about space and science in a fun engaging way,” said Tracy Lamm, Space Center Houston’s chief operating officer. “We’re thrilled to offer these opportunities to get people excited about space and thinking about future career opportunities.”

Weir’s presentation will be held 1-1:45 p.m. followed by a book signing held 2-4 p.m.

Weir is the author of “The Martian” which inspired the wildly popular film of the same name. While writing “The Martian,” Weir worked as a software programmer and wrote stories as a hobby. “The Martian” originally was available on his personal website and was later a self-published e-book on Amazon before becoming a bestselling novel.

There is always something new to see at Space Center Houston. “Destination Moon:  The Apollo 11 Mission,” featuring rare artifacts from the first lunar landing, is currently on display at Space Center Houston. The 5,000-square-foot exhibit celebrates humanity’s first steps on the moon and includes the command module Columbia and astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s visor and gloves that he wore on the moon.

“Destination Moon:  The Apollo 11 Mission” exhibition is open through March 18. For tickets, visit spacecenter.org.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 200,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to experience our educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and experience. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

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