Space Travel: Apollo and Beyond | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Space Travel: Apollo and Beyond

Presented by Maryland Hall & Historic Annapolis in Collaboration with Smithsonian Affiliates
Sunday
November 17th
3:00 PM

 

Join Historic Annapolis and continue the celebration of the 50th anniversary of first lunar landing with a lecture and panel discussion. Dr. Valerie Neal, Curator Emerita for the National Air and Space Museum, will present a brief history of the Apollo program. Following the lecture, several experts, all Naval Academy graduates, will join Dr. Neal for an inspirational discussion. Former astronauts Dr. Kenneth Reightler and Captain Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., and current astronaut candidate U.S. Navy Lieutenant Kayla Barron will reveal how the Apollo missions influenced their careers, how training was different for each of them and how they are supporting the space program now.

This event is free and open to the public. Advanced Registration Recommended Online or by calling 410-267-7619.

Sponsored by: Comcast

In partnership with: Smithsonian Affiliates, National Air and Space Museum & Maryland Hall


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.  

 

Dr. Kenneth Reightler, Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy

Dr. 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, Dr. 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.