Tuesday, November 10, 2009
1:00 – 1:50 pm EST
Roger Launius, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum
Allan Needell, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum
Margaret Weitekamp, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum
How did the Apollo program intersect with the whirling social and political climate of the 1960s and early 1970s? Three presidential administrations oversaw the Apollo space program, and each reacted in a different way. Senior curator Roger Launius will focus on the myth of presidential leadership during this time period and will provide context to the political challenges NASA faced with the failure of Apollo I. Curators Allan Needell and Margaret Weitekamp will discuss the fascinating intersections of Ralph Abernathy, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Moon landing and will analyze several political cartoons from the period.