MOON LANDING IN CONTEXT
This project aims to contextualize the Moon Landing within the historical, social, and cultural framework of the Sixties, specifically the period from 1962, President Kennedy’s speech at Rice University, to 1972, the year of the last Apollo Mission.
The project, that runs from September 2018 to December 2019, is directed by Dr. Irene Porro of the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning and benefits from the scholarly contribution of Framingham State University faculty, Smithsonian Institution experts, and scholars from other academic institutions to engage Framingham State students and Massachusetts communities.
Over eighteen months, we will engage in panel discussions, lectures, exhibits, and student projects to explore the history and social environment that were inevitably intertwined with the events that led to the Moon Landing or were affected by it. Our aim is to reflect on the impact that these events, collectively, have on today’s society and how they inform the way we are tackling today’s big challenges and those of the future. All of our upcoming events are free and open to the public, and do not forget to check out what we have done so far by viewing our past events!
StoryCorps: On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to land on the Moon, but this was not the only notable event to occur in the world in the 1960s. Where were you and what were you doing in summer 1969? Tell us YOUR story!