NYSCI celebrates Apollo 11
by Jennifer Khedaroo
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Astronaut Ellen Baker (Photo courtesy of NASA)
Astronaut Ellen Baker (Photo courtesy of NASA)
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has an exciting new exhibition for space fans.

“Imaging Women in the Space Age,” which will be on display until November 3, showcases the achievements of America’s pioneering female astronauts.

It also highlights the fascination with space women in movies, television, advertising, fashion design and today’s toys. From the earliest moon goddesses to today’s galactic fashions, visions of females in space have sparked the creative imagination.

The exhibition has been curated by Dr. Julie Wosk, author of “Women and the Machine,” a book that examines how the role of machines have helped women to transform their lives.

“Imaging Women in the Space Age” will feature photographs of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, Mae Jemison, America’s first African-American female astronaut, and Ellen Ochoa, America’s first Hispanic woman to go into space.

There will also be photographs of astronaut Dr. Ellen K. Baker, who grew up in Queens and is the daughter of former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman.

According to organizers, “the exhibition reflects a world where important changes are underway as more and more women are participating in NASA’s space program as astronauts and as astronautical engineers.”

Additionally, the exhibition reveals innovative new developments in space suits specifically designed for women.

Also on display in the museum’s gallery are vintage and current images of female space travelers in television shows like “Lost in Space” and “Star Trek,” in addition to photographs of space-inspired fashions including Pucci’s designs for Braniff Airlines flight attendants and Chanel’s 2017 futuristic dresses, as well as screenshots from films like “Barbarella,” which starred Jane Fonda and “Gravity,” which starred Sandra Bullock.

The “Imaging Women in the Space Age” is part of NYSCI’s “Space Out Summer,” a summer program that is filled with flight and space-themed exhibits, workshops, demonstrations, installations and a new film, all to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

“Imaging Women in the Space Age” is open during regular museum hours. The exhibition is free with general museum admission. For more information, visit nysci.org or call 718-699-0005.

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