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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.
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.
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 will discuss key policy implications of space exploration by examining Project Apollo, Cold War diplomacy, and the American framing of global interdependence. Space exploration played a distinctive and critical role in American foreign relations and national image making in the 1960s. The geopolitical context was not simply a backdrop but instead the main theater of Project Apollo.
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 conference 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.