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Space Travel: Apollo and Beyond

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019

Location: Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street

Time: 3 pm - 5 pm

This year, America celebrated the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the moon. Continue celebrations of the first lunar landing with Historic Annapolis at an enlightening lecture and panel discussion on the Space Program. Dr. Valerie Neal, Curator Emerita in Space History for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, will present a brief history of the Apollo program, emphasizing the involvement of graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy. Following the lecture, several experts will join Dr. Neal for an inspirational discussion, all of whom graduated from the Naval Academy: former astronauts Captain Kenneth Reightler and Captain Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Kayla Barron, current astronaut candidate. Panelists will share how the Apollo missions influenced their careers, what their training was like and how it differed for each mission, and what they are doing to support the current space program.

Cost: Free, but advance registration is required. 


 

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About the Panelists:

Dr. Valerie Neal, Curator Emerita in Space History, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Dr. Valerie Neal joined the National Air and Space Museum as a curator in 1989 and was responsible for human spaceflight artifact collections from the Space Shuttle era and International Space Station, most prominently the orbiter Discovery. She has authored and edited several books and has been instrumental in the production of eight Smithsonian Channel documentaries about space exploration. Before joining the Museum, Dr. Neal spent a decade as a writer, editor, and manager for some 25 NASA publications on shuttle and Spacelab missions, the Hubble Space Telescope, and other great space observatories, the space sciences, and NASA history. She also participated in underwater astronaut-training activities and worked on the mission management support team for four shuttle missions.  

 

Captain Kenneth Reightler (USN, Retired), Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy

Captain Reightler graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1973 and subsequently from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland. After a distinguished career as a mission commander and flight test instructor, he was selected by NASA for astronaut candidate training and served as the pilot on the crews of two Discovery space shuttles. Upon retirement from the U.S. Navy, Captain Reightler launched another career at Lockheed Martin. He currently is the Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

Captain Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. (USN, Retired)

Captain Curbeam graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and became a Naval Flight Officer and Top Gun. After several deployments, he was selected by NASA for astronaut training. He is a veteran of three Discovery and Atlantis space flights, having logged more than 901 hours in space, including seven space walks while working on enhancements to the International Space Station. He currently is retired from the U.S. Navy and working for Northrup Grumman.

 

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Kayla Barron, Astronaut Candidate

Lieutenant Kayla Barron graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. She was selected to join the 2017 NASA Astronaut Candidate Class and is nearing the end of her two years of training. Upon graduation, she will work in the Astronaut Office while awaiting a flight assignment. 

 

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