September 16, 2021
College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD 20740
Free, with Museum Admission
Thursday, September 16, 2021
For years, the idea of a reusable spacecraft was the dream of early space pioneers, and in 1981, after almost a decade of engineering toil, the Space Shuttle Columbia finally lifted into orbit, ushering in a new era of space flight. Today, the shuttle's work is complete but its engineering legacy will outlast those who built it. Relive its incredible 30-year history, from its groundbreaking achievements to its heartbreaking failures, as told by the people who designed, built, and flew this magnificent flying machine.
Discover the heroes, heroines, and history of aviation. Join us for a unique series brought to you by the Smithsonian Channel. Learn about the wonders of flight and space in the museum every month on Theater Thursdays. This special program occurs every third Thursday and, as a bonus, you will get a glimpse of the treasure that is our own county’s College Park Aviation Museum. Discussion will follow each Smithsonian Channel episode. Our program is free with museum admission.