Into Orbit Exhibition
August 21 – October 22 l FREE
Ali Cultural Arts Center
As the world anticipates NASA's Mars 2020 Mission (to launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral, FL), a series of exhibitions in Pompano Beach will celebrate human kind's quest for knowledge, thirst for exploration, and Florida's role in space exploration. For this educational exhibition the Ali Cultural Arts Center will feature curated images from the NASA Image Gallery (if technology provided, maybe we can present some videos on loop). The photographs of African American Astronauts in the exhibition will inspire younger generations and celebrate the multiple accomplishments of astronauts such as Guion S. Bufford Jr., Frederick D. Gregory, Ronald E. McNair, Charles F. Bolden Jr., Mae C. Jemison, Bernard A. Harris Jr., Joan E. Higginbotham, Leland D. Melvin, Winston E. Scott, Stephanie D. Wilson, Robert L. Curbeam Jr., Michael P. Anderson, Yvonne Darlene Cagle, Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr., Robert L Satcher, Jeanette J. Epps, Victor J. Glover Jr., Jessica Watkins. Short bios from each astronaut (courtesy of NASA) will be displayed next to the photographs.
Sneak Peak of Into Orbit Exhibition
Juliana Forero explores photos provided by NASA featuring African American astronauts. This gorgeous exhibition at Ali Cultural Center showcases these brilliant doctors, physicists and engineers in the midst of flight training, onboard spacecraft and giving educational talks.
Forero highlights stunning photos of Jeanette Epps, who will soon make history as the first Black woman to live and work long-term onboard the International Space Station. Her flight is scheduled for 2021.
And in a very poignant section in the tour, Forero talks about Ronald McNair, the famed astronaut and physicist who is seen prominently in the Netflix series. McNair was the second African America to fly in space and was a key member of the Space Shuttle program. The exhibition features glorious photos during his prior flight on Challenger and also shows him with the 1986 crew. Forero also discusses how McNair Park in Pompano Beach was named in his honor.
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