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Wernher von Braun, who led both the V-2 ballistic missile and Saturn V moon rocket projects, has often been reduced to a stereotype: either as the great pioneer of space or a Nazi villain. From Dr. Neufeld’s research, a much more ambiguous and complex figure emerges, instead.
This event is free, but registration is required. You may register here.
Drawing on a vast array of black women's artwork, political cartoons, manifestos, and political essays that they produced as members of groups, such as the Black Panther Party, founded in 1966, and the Congress of African People, founded in 1970, Farmer’s talk shows how black women activists reimagined black womanhood, challenged sexism, and redefined the meaning of race, gender, identity, and Black Power.
In 1957, the first Sputnik propelled the USSR to leadership in space. Shocked, America mobilized to demonstrate its technology surpassed Russia's - a furious, decade-long race ensued. But, it wasn't obvious until the finish line that Neil Armstrong, and not Alexei Leonov, would be first to walk on another world. Join Dr. McDowell in an exciting review of the events that marked a pivotal moment in history.
Dr. Battat will share updates on the precision tests of gravity with the Apache Point Observatory Lunar Laser-ranging Operation (APOLLO) project that uses Apollo-era mirrors left on the lunar surface. The talk is introduced and complemented by a full dome planetarium presentation by Mary MacDonald of the McAuliffe Center.
Kowal Arcand and MacDonald will present an original, full dome planetarium production they created to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the launch of the Chandra X-ray Observatory (July 23, 1999 – 2019).
Family friendly activities and formal panel discussion
Event organized and coordinated by the McAuliffe Center and the MetroWest STEM Education Network
We will bring back together all major themes emerged over 15 months of presentations, panels discussions, conversations with the audience, exhibits, student projects, and more to reflect on how we will shape the future of our country, our world, and of space exploration.