Space History Department Curator

Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony is a historian of science and technology and curator of the Apollo Spacecraft Collection. Before coming to the Smithsonian Institution, she earned a Ph.D.from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and held positions atthe Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.

Muir-Harmony’s current research focuses on the history of space diplomacy, examining how Project Apollo shaped and mediated the United States’ role on the global stage. She is the author of Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects (National Geographic, 2018) and has written on the history of science diplomacy, the material culture of spaceflight, and the political history of space exploration.She was a member of MIT’s Space Policy & Society Research Group, which produced The Future of Human Spaceflight (2009). Muir-Harmony’s research and writing have been supportedby the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation, the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, the MIT Presidential Fellowship, the Smithsonian Institution Graduate Research Fellowship, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, and the National Science Foundation.

She serves on the Smithsonian exhibit committees for Destination Moon and One World Connected, and is the historical advisor for a six-part television series on Project Apollo. In addition, Muir-Harmony co-organizes the Space Policy & History Forum and teaches in Georgetown University’s Science, Technology, and International Affairs program. 

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