Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo

Seminar on Contemporary Science, Technology, and Culture

Wednesday, November 18, 4:00 pm ET

 The 2020-2021 Contemporary History Seminar continues on Wednesday, November 18th on Zoom. Register in advance.

The speaker will be:

 Teasel Muir Harmony

Space History Curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


Operation Moonglow:

A Political History of Project Apollo


When President Kennedy proposed Project Apollo in 1961, he was not only aiming at the Moon. Kennedy saw the moonshot as the nation’s best hope for winning the hearts and minds of the world, and in turn, fostering a global coalition aligned with America’s Cold War interests. This talk focuses on the first lunar orbital mission—Apollo 8—to showcase the central significance of spaceflight within twentieth-century international relations, and the complicated ways that nationalism and globalism are historically bound together.

For further information, please contact: Matt Shindell at 202-633-5897; ShindellM@si.edu

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