Launching Space Camp

Science on Tap
Monday, January 13, 2020
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
National Mechanics
22 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Kindle your enthusiasm for science, and meet new people at Science on Tap, a monthly science café.

Calling all space cadets! Since 1982 Space Camp has been the ultimate vacation for aspiring astronauts. Join historian Emily A. Margolis to learn how a little satellite launched on January 31, 1958, set in motion a series of events that led to the creation of Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Flight suits are not required for this historical study of Alabama’s top tourist attraction.

About the Speaker

Emily A. Margolis is a social and cultural historian of spaceflight. She earned her PhD in the history of science and technology from Johns Hopkins University in May 2019, where her research examined how and why NASA centers and their surrounding communities became tourist attractions in the 1960s. Emily’s doctoral work was generously supported by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the American Historical Association. To learn more about the origins of space tourism, check out her recent interview on the Planetary Radio podcast.