NASA TV producer of “The Color of Space” Jori Kates gives remarks prior to the screening of the documentary at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium in Washington, Saturday, June 18, 2022. Premiering on Juneteenth, the federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, “The Color of Space” is an inspirational documentary that tells the stories of NASA's Black astronauts determined to reach the stars.
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NASA Experts Go on Tour with The Color of Space Documentary
NASA and Blue Origin's nonprofit Club for the Future will co-host multiple free in-person viewing events of the agency's documentary, The Color of Space, at historically Black colleges and universities, conferences, festivals, and more nationwide.
The documentary is a conversation between seven current and former Black astronauts, each of whom were selected to become part of NASA's astronaut corps.
The viewing tour kicks-off at 5 p.m. EST Wednesday, at Morgan State University in Baltimore, followed by an event at Texas Southern University in Houston at 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, Feb. 23, which will include remarks from NASA's Johnson Space Center Director Vanessa Wyche. More viewing events are planned through fall 2023.
In the documentary, current NASA astronauts Stephanie Wilson, Victor Glover, Jeanette Epps, as well as retired astronauts Leland Melvin, Bernard Harris, Robert Curbeam, and Bobby Satcher, spoke about their journeys and their motivations in a panel hosted by Wyche, the first Black woman to lead a NASA center.
In addition to the viewing of the 50-minute documentary, events may include selfie opportunities, appearances from current and former NASA astronauts, greetings by NASA leadership, and other activities led by Blue Origin.
NASA works to explore the secrets of the universe and solve the world's most complex problems, which requires creating space for all people to participate in and learn from its work in space.
Providing access to opportunities where individuals can be curious, creative, and innovative is how the agency will continue to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, astronauts, and more.