Preserving Space Race Resources: What the Space Race Left Behind

The dates in 2020 and location for this symposium will be announced soon!

Please join the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and partners for this three day symposium on the preservation of sites, structures, machines, and objects associated with the Space Race.

Beginning in the 1950’s, the United States and former Soviet Union wished to prove their superiority in technology, military firepower, and political economic systems through a race into space. National media heavily covered the space race that captivated the attention of the American public and became embedded in Pop Culture. The conclusion of the space race was marked by the “Handshake in Space” when three U.S. Astronauts aboard an Apollo flight docked in orbit with a Soviet-made Soyuz vehicle in 1975.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) will host a three-day symposium on the preservation of Space Race resources. The symposium will include presentations, a poster session, and field trips.

The symposium will bring together conservators, architects, engineers, landscape architects, museum and site managers, and other cultural resource professionals to discuss state-of-the-science efforts to document, conserve, treat, and adaptively reuse sites and features from the global Space Race, such as:

Artifacts: rockets, vehicles, space craft, missiles, space suits
Technology: electronics, digital media
Sites and Landscapes: research laboratories, launch sites, control centers, and training facilities
Archives: posters, photographs, letters, documents

Presentations
Presentations will be 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for questions. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words (excluding figures and references). Abstracts need to include main presenter’s full name and contact information (name, title, organization, address, phone, email), and a 100-word biography for each presenter. We recommend no more than two presenters per presentation.

Presentation Papers
Presenters will be required to prepare a paper for a symposium publication.

Posters
Posters should be approximately 30 x 40 inches. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words (excluding figures and references). Abstracts need to include main presenter’s full contact information (name, title, organization, address, phone, email) and a 100-word biography for each the presenter.

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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119