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Astronaut Ronald E. McNair, 41-B mission specialist (credit: NASA)


The Space Race

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2023 at 6:30 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

With directors Lisa Cortés and Diego Hurtado de Mendoza in person 

Dirs. Lisa Cortés and Diego Hurtado de Mendoza. 2023, 91 mins. DCP. The Space Race tells the little-known story of the first Black pilots, scientists, and engineers to become astronauts. From 1963, when the assassination of JFK thwarted Captain Ed Dwight’s quest to reach the moon, to 2020, when the echoes of the civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd reached the International Space Station, the story of African Americans at NASA is a tale of world events colliding with the aspirations of uncommon men. Followed by a conversation and Q&A with the directors. 

Free with RSVP, courtesy of National Geographic Documentary Films.

RSVPs will open this fall.