The Fergus Falls Public Library and Viking Library System have partnered with exhibit curator Dan Broten of the Henning Landmark Center to display “Earth Views from Orbit” photos by Karen Nyberg, at the library during the month of June. The photo exhibit will also travel to the public libraries in Perham, Morris, Wheaton and Elbow Lake.

Astronaut and Vining native Karen Nyberg’s stunning photos fit in wonderfully with the library’s “Get Carried Away at Your Library” summer theme, encouraging community members to get carried away with new ideas and adventures this summer. What more exciting place to get carried away to than outer space! The photo exhibit was curated by Dan Broten and the project was funded in part or in whole with monies from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

The exhibit consists of canvas-wrapped prints—some quite large—of earth views photographed by Nyberg from the International Space Station (ISS) during Expedition 36/37 from May 28 to Nov. 10, 2013. During the Expedition 36/37 mission, Karen completed 166 days aboard the station and 2,656 orbits of the Earth while traveling more than 70 million miles above the planet. The mission was Karen Nyberg’s second flight into space and the 123rd space shuttle flight, the 26th to the ISS. Nyberg spent 180 days in space over the course of her two missions. In addition to the exhibit, Dan Broten will present a curator talk on the photos Friday, June 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Jean Dahling Community Room at the library.

One of my favorite photos in the exhibit is a view of West-central Minnesota from the ISS. This image is displayed in the Charles and Barbara Underwood Welcoming Room at the library—near the checkout desk. The next time you’re at the library, see if you can spot Fergus Falls, Otter Tail Lake and other landmarks. Another fun way to get carried away by the topic of outer space and space flight is to track the path of the ISS as it orbits the earth. Want to know when the ISS is above West-central Minnesota? Visit the “Spot the Station” tracking map at spotthestation.nasa.gov/tracking_map.cfm

Take some time to “get carried away” to new places, by new ideas and with friends and family this summer!

The Fergus Falls Public Library is a department of the city of Fergus Falls and a member of the Viking Library System. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Erin Smith, Director, Fergus Falls Public Library.

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