NASA has a series of talks ready to discuss the impact of Black History Month on space exploration.
From highlighting African Americans who flew in space to black people working at the agency’s top levels today, NASA’s Black History talks will include webcasts and other events. live to continue the conversation.
Mae Jemison. George Carruthers. Katherine Johnson. This #BlackHistoryMonth, we’re sharing the stories of our many stars who are lighting the way for future generations. Celebrate with us all month: https://t.co/Vh58ca3cIN pic.twitter.com/B1ZjHS0eeBFebruary 1, 2022
NASA is also working to honor the contributions of misrecognized black people over the past few decades, such as the “Hidden Figures” engineers and scientists who contributed to the agency’s early space programs.
Several events are listed on the NASA TV website, which will be broadcast live on NASA TV, the NASA app, and on Space.com. The program so far includes the following:
- February 4, 1 p.m. EST (6 p.m. GMT) – Virtual Black History Month Event: Health and Wellness
- February 9, 12 p.m. EST (5 p.m. GMT) – Virtual Black History Month Event: Mental Health and Suicide Awareness
- February 16, 12:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. GMT) – Black History Month Virtual Event: Nutritional Health
- February 23, 12 p.m. EST (5 p.m. GMT) – Black History Month Virtual Event: Physical Health
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In recent years, NASA has also attempted to include more discussion of slavery, systemic racism, and their impact on early agency history. For example, NASA also honors Juneteenth every year.
In June 2020, former NASA administrator Charles Bolden (the agency’s only black administrator to date) told Space.com that more advocacy efforts were needed at the agency. “We don’t have enough representation in the astronaut office, by women and minorities,” said Bolden, himself a former astronaut.
Bolden also criticized the fact that at the time of his discussion, no African-American crew members had flown on the International Space Station, which has been accepting long-term crews since 2000 except for short space shuttle visits. . In November 2020, astronaut Victor Glover embarked on a SpaceX Crew Dragon and became the first black crew member of an ISS expedition crew.