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Lecture: “Anticipating Apollo: The Military Origin of American Space Science”

Monday, July 15, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

During the 50th anniversary week of NASA’s historic Apollo 11 lunar landing, space historian and Princeton University postdoctoral fellow Jordan Bimm presents a lecture on the military origin of the U.S. space program. The talk will focus on the pre-NASA history of Air Force “space medicine,” the field responsible for solving the biological problems of spaceflight. Bimm will also discuss how studies, simulations, and far-flung expeditions conducted between 1949 and 1959 resulted in surprising early visions of the American astronaut and the places they might go — particularly Mars. The lecture explores the nearly-forgotten period of military space science in the 1950s, and how it set the stage for NASA’s Space Race in the 1960s.

 

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Date:
Monday, July 15
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue

Community Room – First Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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Phone:
609-924-9529

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Kelsey Ockert
Summary
During the 50th anniversary week of NASA’s historic Apollo 11 lunar landing, space historian and Princeton University postdoctoral fellow Jordan Bimm presents a lecture on the military origin of the U.S. space program. The talk will focus on the pre-NASA history of Air Force “space medicine," the field responsible for solving the biological problems of spaceflight. Bimm will also discuss how studies, simulations, and far-flung expeditions conducted between 1949 and 1959 resulted in surprising early visions of the American astronaut and the places they might go — particularly Mars. The lecture explores the nearly-forgotten period of military space science in the 1950s, and how it set the stage for NASA’s Space Race in the 1960s.
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