Session #4 – Apollo Artifacts

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
2:00 – 2:50 pm EST
Session 4Allan Needell, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum
Margaret Weitekamp, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum
Cathleen Lewis, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum

How do museum curators determine which artifacts to select for the Smithsonian collections? What can artifacts tell us about history? Join NASM curators Alan Needell, Margaret Weitekamp, and Cathy Lewis as they discuss the significance of several Apollo artifacts, including the Command Module “Columbia,” spacesuits, and Gene Kranz’s vest. Learn the unique stories of each artifact and what they reveal about the larger historical narrative of Cold War America. NASM educators Tim Grove and Mychalene Giampaoli will provide helpful suggestions for teaching with objects in the classroom.

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  1. Robert Brand says:

    I have spent a long time working with photographs from the moon to look for stereo images that might have been taken by chance. I use these to show school kids what it was like to be on the moon with the astronauts. Using 3D projection there is a lot of content including the 3D close-ups of the lunar soil and rocks. Not quite the same as having a space suit to show the kids, but certainly an artifact that can be shared without destroying it or lowering its value. In fact, finding the 3D / stereo content is actually increasing the value of the images.

    Regards, Robert Brand

  2. Michael C. says:

    As someone who has a background in Historic Preservation I am very much looking forward to this conference session. Will the panelists address how and why certain museums acquire certain artifacts? For instance, how did the U.S. Space and Rocket Center acquire the Apollo 16 Command Module “Casper”? Thank you.