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Journey to the moon with real astronauts at Virginia Museum of History & Culture

VMHC presents “Apollo: When We Went to the Moon” with an exclusive program featuring two Virginia-born, Black astronauts.

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A group of astronauts during a mock-up training session in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Astronauts Robert Satcher (left), STS-129 mission specialist; Barry Wilmore, pilot; and Leland Melvin, mission specialist, attired in training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits, await the start of a Full Fuselage Trainer (FFT) mock-up training session in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Photo provided by NASA Johnson

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the wonders of space through the stories of people who have been there. In partnership with the University of Richmond (UR), the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) has prepared an unforgettable two-day program featuring astronauts — and Virginians — Leland D. Melvin and Dr. Robert L. Satcher.

Join a conversation with Melvin and Satcher, the first Black astronauts to fly to space together on the same mission, during Legacy of Black Astronauts, happening Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Melvin and Satcher will discuss Black astronauts’ past, present, and future contributions to space exploration and all the exciting behind-the-scenes details with the audience.

A preview of the exhibition at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Installation image of “Apollo: When We Went to the Moon” at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Photo by VMHC

Meanwhile, museum visitors can explore space travel via VMHC’s current exhibition, “Apollo: When We Went to the Moon,” through Dec. 31.

In addition to a display of Apollo modules, astronaut gear, and historical documentation, visitors can also walk on a virtual moon, climb around a lunar rover model, and experience an immersive Apollo 11 launch imitation.

RSVP for Legacy of Black Astronauts

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