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Free Virtual Lecture- “Light this Candle!” Sixty Years of Americans in Space

By Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Marking the 60th anniversary of the first American in space, Matthew Hersch will recount the events of Shepard’s flight and offer a discussion of astronaut selection, then and now.

Alan Shepard

.: 6pm – 7pm.

Ages Young Adult to Senior Adult.

Contact

Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
hmscpr@hmsc.harvard.edu
617-496-6064

Registration required

  • Sign-up is ongoing

Free!

Location

  • In-person only.

(Virtual) Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

1 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Additional information

On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space, following cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s mission three weeks earlier. With the United States trailing the Soviet Union in spaceflight, President John F. Kennedy closely watched the launch of Freedom 7, eager for proof that America could match Soviet achievements. In his flawless performance, Shepard—whose position in the space program owed much to the work of Harvard-trained physicians—became the archetype of the American astronaut. In this talk, marking the 60th anniversary of the first American in space, Matthew Hersch will recount the events of Shepard’s flight and offer a discussion of astronaut selection, then and now.

Presented by the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Matthew H. Hersch, Associate Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

Advanced registration required. Visit the event registration page to reserve a spot for this free virtual event.

Matthew M. Hersch photo portrait  by Whitney Laemmli. Other image: NASA

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