NASA 60th Anniversary: Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow
Press Release · Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Washington, DC

Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow

In celebration of  the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s 60th anniversary, the National Archives will present a screening of Rory Kennedy’s documentary Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow on Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m.

As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary, this new documentary from Discovery presents a moving portrait of the agency’s many accomplishments in space: taking us to the Moon, to the surface of Mars, to the outer edge of our solar system, and beyond. Above and Beyond also sheds light on the vital role NASA has played in measuring the health of our planet. Directed, produced, and narrated by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning Rory Kennedy (Last Days of Vietnam). Chief Scientist for Earth Sciences at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Dr. Paul A. Newman will introduce the screening.

The screening is free and open to the public but reservations are recommended and can be made online. It will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC.  Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. For those without reservations, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The theater doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Late seating will not be permitted 20 minutes after the program begins.

Following the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, NASA first opened its doors 60 years ago on October 1, 1958. Explore our holdings to discover the fascinating story of its creation and the story of space exploration.

You can help make the history of space exploration more accessible by participating in one of our tagging missions for Citizen Archivists. And be sure to check out our 60 new space-related historic GIFs on our GIPHY channel to share with your friends on your favorite social platform with the hashtag #NASA60THxGIPHY. For more, see this NARAtions post: An Animated Celebration of NASA’s 60th Anniversary.


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