National Air and Space Museum 2015 Annual Report


Sunita Williams
NASA astronaut Sunita (Suni) Williams, who holds the record for cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut, talks about her EVA experiences at Spacewalking in the Shuttle Era.

Just over 4,300 people attended lectures at the National Air and Space Museum in 2015. Following is a list of lectures held at the Museum, with links to the webcast of the lecture when available.

Exploring Space Lecture Series
This annual series of four lectures features distinguished speakers on the forefront of space science and history who talk about recent innovative space missions and take a look back at the history of space exploration.

The 2015 theme was Hubble, 25 Years and Counting. Topics and speakers were:

The Exploring Space lectures were made possible by the generous support of Aerojet Rocketdyne, and United Launch Alliance.

Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series
This series of lectures is presented by Smithsonian researchers who are exploring the Sun, the Moon, planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe.

GE Lecture Series
Every spring and fall guest lecturers discuss aviation- and space-related topics.

This lecture series was made possible by the generous support of GE Aviation.

Charles A. Lindbergh Memorial Lecture
Every May, to celebrate the anniversary of Lindbergh's historic flight on May 21, 1927, guest speakers discuss their inspiring careers in aviation.

  • JetBlue: Bringing Humanity Back to Air Travel
    Presenter: David Barger, founding president and former CEO of JetBlue Airways
    350 attendees
  • This lecture was made possible by the generous support of Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Corporation.

The John H. Glenn Lecture in Space History
Each year, legendary figures in space history reflect on their distinguished careers in space exploration.

  • Looking at Earth: An Astronaut's Journey
    Presenter: Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, first American woman to walk in space and distinguished scientist
    480 attendees in the theater and 30 overflow guests in the planetarium. Sold Out

This lecture was made possible by the generous support of Boeing.

What's New in Aerospace?
This daytime lecture series, presented in collaboration with NASA, covers recent research, developments, and discoveries related to space. The lectures are broadcast on the Museum's website and archived.

2015 topics and speakers:

  • Bringing an Object to Life, Presenters: Lisa Young, Jennifer Levasseur, and Gregory Quinn
  • Training Underwater for Walking in Space, Presenter: Michael Neufeld
  • The Earth from Space, Presenter: Piers Sellers
  • Tools of the EVA Trade, Presenter: Jennifer Levasseur, Ed Rezac, Justin Cassidy
  • Meet an Astronaut: Reid Wiseman
  • Global Positioning System: A Generation of Service to the World, Presenter: Maj. Ben Calhoon
  • The Underwater Crash Site of the USS Macon, Presenters: Jeremy Kinney and Megan Lickliter-Mundon
  • Meet an Astronaut: Terry Virts and Samantha Cristoforetti
  • New Horizons @ Pluto, Presenter: Alan Stern
  • Sally Ride: Curating Her Life, Presenters: Tam O’Shaughnessy, Valerie Neal, Margaret Weitekamp, and Patti Williams
  • Exploring Alien Atmospheres, Presenters: Tom Barclay and Hannah Wakeford
  • Sewing Machines, Balloons and Rocket Fuel: Developing the Next Generation of Mars Landing Technologies, Presenter: Ian Clark

What's New in Aerospace? was made possible by the generous support of Boeing.

Other Lectures