Come explore a decade of mapping the Moon on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. "Mapping the Moon in Black and White," curated by the Harvard Map Collection, guides you through the mutually reinforcing efforts to map the Moon using orbital imagery and the race to walk on the Moon.  At "Mapping the Moon in Black and White," you will also learn how these mapping efforts sat within larger critiques of the Space Race, especially from Civil Rights organizations like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Black Panther Party. 

Mapping the Moon in black and white, then, meant not just learning to create maps from the lights and shadows recorded in satellite imagery. It also meant mapping amid stark racial conflicts and for an agency that trailed many others in employing people of color.

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  • Astronomy
  • African and African American Studies
  • History
  • History and Science