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The Space Age made clear the complicated consequences of living in an interdependent world and gave us dramatic, new perspectives on planet Earth. One was to address the centuries-long legacy of colonialism as decolonization. The other was the role of human activity in changing the physical system of the Earth, altering fundamentally our climate. We are entangled in fraught challenges of our past, present, and future. Dr. Collins invites us to consider how we might make choices as individuals, communities, and nations that resolve the issues before us.
Dr. Muir-Harmony traces the politics of Project Apollo, from President John F. Kennedy’s call in 1961 to win the battle “between freedom and tyranny” with lunar exploration, to President Richard Nixon’s “Moonglow” diplomatic tour of southeast Asia in 1969, and considers how Apollo-era space diplomacy should inform space policy today.
At the end of the Moon Landing in Context’s 18-month exploration of the historical, social, cultural, political, and policy contexts of the Apollo era, this one day symposium brings together a multidisciplinary group of renowned scholars to illustrate the urgency to focus on space sustainability that is the secure, sustainable, and peaceful use of space for the benefit of planet Earth and all its peoples.
*Please note: this event is free for members of the Framingham State University community. A $25 fee applies to members of other colleges, universities, and the general public.