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After an introduction by Dr. Wilkes, Senior Astrophysicist and Director of NASA’s Chandra X-ray 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).
This event was rescheduled from January 31, 2019.
Dr. Weitekamp invites us to explore the impact of Lt. Uhura on American culture and society. Introduced in Gene Roddenberry's original television program in 1966, Lt. Uhura is arguably the most historically significant character of the Star Trek franchise. As a woman of color depicted in popular culture, in a period of tremendous change for African Americans and women in the United States, she both evoked and played against the contemporary historical context.
Dr. Martin Collins will deliver a talk on the ethical implications of space exploration. The Space Age has made clear the complicated consequences of living in an interdependent world. We are entangled in fraught challenges of our past, present, and future. His talk will allow us to consider how we might make choices as individuals, communities, and nations that resolve the issues before us.
Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony will talk about key policy implications of space exploration by examining Project Apollo, Cold War diplomacy, and the American framing of global interdependence. She will examine the distinctive and critical role that space exploration played in American foreign relations and national image making in the 1960s.
The concluding event of the Moon Landing in Context series will be a one day conference, hosted at Framingham State University, where scholars from local universities will gather to propose alternative reasons to why humanity should engage in space exploration.