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Space Crazy! Kids’ Letters to Astronauts in the Early Space Age

October 16, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


What was it like to be a kid during the “space craze,” when “cosmic enthusiasm” was igniting imaginations on both sides of the Cold War divide? Join Dr. Roshanna P. Sylvester for an entertaining and enlightening historical tour of Soviet and American childhood from Sputnik to Apollo. Kids’ perspectives come to life through their letters to the pioneering spacefarers Yuri Gagarin, John Glenn, and Valentina Tereshkova. Space-themed toys, games, music, movies, and TV will also be part of the show. In the famous words of Yuri Gagarin, “let’s go!”

Roshanna P. Sylvester visits UWM from the the University of Colorado Boulder (College of Media, Communication, and Information). She teaches courses on digital history, gender roles and technology, information and society, and the history of childhood in the early space age.

For questions, please contact planetarium@uwm.edu



UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium
1900 East Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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