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Film Screening | The Space Race

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
6:30 pm

Location | Space Center Theater
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Screening begins at 6:45 p.m. followed by a panel presentation

Join Space Center Houston for a special event in collaboration with National Geographic. The film “The Space Race” weaves together the stories of Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars, including Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight and Charles Bolden, among many others.

In “The Space Race,” directors Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés profile the pioneering Black pilots, scientists and engineers who joined NASA to serve their country in space, even as their country failed to achieve equality for them back on Earth. From 1963, when the assassination of JFK thwarted Captain Ed Dwight’s quest to reach the moon, to 2020, when the echoes of the civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd reached the International Space Station, the story of African Americans at NASA is a tale of world events colliding with the aspirations of uncommon men.

The bright dreams of Afrofuturism become reality in “The Space Race,” turning science fiction into science fact and forever redefining what “the right stuff” looks like, giving us new heroes to celebrate and a fresh history to explore.

Streaming February 2024.


Directed by Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Lisa Cortés

Produced by  Aly Parker, Mark Monroe, Lisa Cortés, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Keero Birla, Alexandra Bowen

Executive Producers Carolyn Bernstein, Leland Melvin, Tony Rosenthal, Frank Marshal

Written By Mark Monroe

Edited by Robert A. Martinez


  • All attendees must present their registration upon arrival. Seating is first-come, first-served.

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