Moon Struck

South Pasadena set to hold Moon Festival Sunday

By André Coleman

The annual Autumn Family Friendly Festival will be held from

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the South

Pasadena Public Library, 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena.

According to Ariel Liu, a spokesperson for event co-sponsor Sino US Performing Arts of Monterey Park, the festival marks the autumn harvest and is in some ways similar to Thanksgiving.

In China, where the event has been celebrated for thousands of years, families get together and feast on mooncakes.

According to legend, the festival began after 10 suns had risen into the skies and scorched the earth. The archer Hou Yi shot down nine of them, leaving just one sun, and was given the elixir of immortality as a reward. But instead of consuming it, Yi let his wife Chang’e keep it.

After Yi went out hunting, his apprentice broke into his house and tried to steal the elixir. Chang’e drank it, flew to the moon and stayed there.

After Yi discovered what had transpired, he honored his wife by displaying her favorite fruits and cakes.

The festival will feature dancing, music and martial arts.

Participants can also enjoy tea tasting, a chalk drawing contest, cultural games and art-making activities, including lantern-painting and musical instrument making. Outdoor entertainment and activities will start at 11 a.m. Indoor activities will begin in the Library Community Room at 1 p.m.

Along with Sino US Performing Arts, the event is also co-sponsored by the South Pasadena Chinese American Club, the city of South Pasadena and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.

Admission is free.


Missions Accomplished

NASA and JPL win Creative Arts Emmys

By Jana J. Monji

The big winners in the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday and Sunday may have been “Game of Thrones” — helping HBO lead with awards for all platforms — but NASA, which walked away with two awards, one on each night.

NASA received an Emmy on Saturday night for Outstanding Interactive Program for multimedia coverage of Demonstration Mission 1, a test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon to the International Space Station — the first human-rated spacecraft to lift off from US soil since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.

Demonstration Mission 1 was made possible by NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. This program will ready commercial transport of astronauts to the space station while the agency looks forward to deep space missions to the Moon and Mars. NASA has spent years preparing for the historic launch and made multiple live broadcasts from NASA and SpaceX facilities across the country during each phase of the Crew Dragon’s mission to the International Space Station and its stunning return to Earth. Throughout, NASA and SpaceX engaged social media users around the world and held local social media influencer gatherings at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

On Sunday, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, JPL, won Outstanding Original Interactive Program for the agency’s coverage — including news, web, education, television and social media efforts — of its InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) mission to Mars.

InSight is the first mission to study the deep interior of Mars, using an ultra-sensitive seismometer, a heat-flow probe and other instruments. InSight is managed for NASA by JPL, which is managed by Caltech in Pasadena. JPL also won the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for its coverage of the Cassini mission’s Grand Finale at Saturn.

An edited version of the two ceremonies will air on FXX on Saturday. Selected Creative Arts Emmys will be shown as part of the live 71st Primetime Emmys broadcast at 5 p.m. Sunday on FOX.