On April 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Leatherby Libraries will host its very first virtual event, Researching a Disaster Through the Making of Challenger: The Final Flight.  Leatherby Libraries welcomes the community to this free event hosted over Zoom (ID: 916 4121 4333).

Librarians Doug Dechow, Ph.D., and Annie Tang, MLIS will moderate a discussion with a panel of researchers about the legacy of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster and the behind-the-scenes research process involved in the production of the Netflix documentary series Challenger: The Final Flight. Researchers from the film project will share their exploratory journey for primary sources at libraries and archives (including Leatherby’s own Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives) and their role in bringing this story to life through the archives. The event will also host a Mission Operations Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who will speak on current robotic space explorations.

Stay for a special appearance by the documentary directors Daniel Junge and Steven Leckart during the Q&A.  For more information about the panel of researchers, click here.