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OPERATION MOONGLOW: A POLITICAL HISTORY OF PROJECT APOLLO (Wilson Center), June 21, 2021, virtual, 4:00 pm ET

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program will hold a webinar on June 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm ET.

Teasel Muir-Harmony will discuss her book, Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo.

More information and registration instructions are on the event’s website, which says:

On 20 July 1969, over half the world’s population witnessed Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Moon. While often remembered as a scientific and technological feat, the ambitions of the Apollo program aimed far beyond the Moon. Through spaceflight, America sought to win hearts and minds, foster alliances, and shape the political trajectories of newly independent nations. Drawing on a rich array of untapped archives and firsthand interviews, Operation Moonglow knits together a story of politics and propaganda; diplomacy and spaceflight; decolonization and globalization to reveal the political forces that not only sent humans to the Moon but also attracted the largest audience in history.

Teasel Muir-Harmony is the curator of the Apollo Collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She earned a PhD from MIT’s Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society. Muir-Harmony is the author of Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects (2018), a co-editor and contributor to a special issue of the Pacific Historical Review on science and technology in Japanese-U.S. relations (2019), and an advisor to the television series Apollo’s Moon Shot. She co-organizes the Space Policy & History Forum, serves on the Executive Council of the Society for the History of Technology, and teaches in Georgetown University’s Science, Technology and International Affairs program.



June 21, 2021
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm