Mission Control: Human Spaceflight

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July 29, 2020
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Mission Control: Human Spaceflight is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the United States landing on the moon (July 20, 1969) and participate in the excitement and fascination of space and space travel. This celebration of historical, current and future manned space exploration is designed to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

This unique journey gives a window into some of the nation’s most prominent space institutions such as the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC), NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers, as well as the International Space Station. The program will explore NASA’s human space flight history from the Apollo Missions to the Shuttle Era to the future of space flight—the Space Launch System (SLS).

Further your understanding of the history of space exploration by hearing from experts, visiting space centers and examining artifacts. Catch a glimpse into the future of the space program by observing scientists working on the SLS designed to take humans to Mars, investigate science experiments on the International Space Station, and experience the excitement of being an astronaut through an exploration of Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

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Mission Control: Human Spaceflight

Meet the people and the technology that take us to space in this behind the scenes look at everything from the early days of the American effort to land on the Moon all the way through our future plans to travel to Mars. Interviews with astronauts, engineers, and Apollo 11 Flight Director Gene Kranz in the original Mission Control. Learn how we got there and where we're going next.

60 minutes


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    Heather Daniels-Whitson

    Director of Education Media, Alabama Public Television

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    Brian Odom


    Dr. Brian C. Odom is center historian at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center where he documents the history of science and engineering programs His dissertation explored the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement, Cold War science, and the space age in Huntsville, Alabama. He is co-editor of NASA in the Long Civil Rights Movement (University Press of Florida, 2019) and NASA and the American South (University of Alabama Press, forthcoming).

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