This year, America celebrated the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the moon. Continue celebrations of the first lunar landing with Historic Annapolis at an enlightening lecture and panel discussion on the Space Program. Dr. Valerie Neal, Curator Emerita in Space History for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, will present a brief history of the Apollo program, emphasizing the involvement of graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy. Following the lecture, several experts will join Dr. Neal for an inspirational discussion, all of whom graduated from the Naval Academy: former astronauts Captain Kenneth Reightler and Captain Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Kayla Barron, current astronaut candidate. Panelists will share how the Apollo missions influenced their careers, what their training was like and how it differed for each mission, and what they are doing to support the current space program.