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Preserving the Race for Space
Small Steps and Giant Leaps

Small Steps and Giant Leaps

June 2 - June 4, 2020

Cape Canavera, FL

| $399

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This event has been postponed until future notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We will post new dates when they are available.


Join us in Cape Canaveral, Florida for a symposium exploring preservation of Space Race resources!  The NPS National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) is partnering with the USAF Space and Missile Museum Foundation  to host the three-day symposium, which will bring together professionals with a stake in preserving what the space race left behind, including conservators, curators, cultural resource managers, scientists, engineers, and collection owners.  The symposium will feature talks and posters held at the Radisson Resort at the Port in Cape Canaveral, and a site visit to the USAF Space and Missile Museum Foundation  at Cape Canaveral.

The symposium includes two days of lectures organized into themed sessions. Keynote speakers will have 45-minute presentations with 15 minutes for questions. Session speakers will be allotted 25 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions. During the first two days, a poster session will highlight new, upcoming, and student research about preservation of these resources. The Symposium’s third day will include a tour of the USAF Space and Missile Museum Foundation at Cape Canaveral.

Beginning in the 1950s, the United States and the former Soviet Union wished to prove their superiority in technology, military firepower and political economic systems through a race into space. National media heavily covered the space race that captivated the attention of the American public, as well as the different developments of the Soviet and U.S. space programs. The conclusion of the space race was marked by the “handshake in space” when three U.S. astronauts aboard an Apollo flight docked in orbit with a Soviet-made Soyuz vehicle in 1975. The symposium will focus on this period.

The call for presentations is available at https://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/call-for-presentations-and-posters-space-race-symposium/. All attendees will receive a copy of the symposium proceedings. It will take approximately 12 months for the proceedings to be published and shipped.

Ticket Information:

Symposium Registration: This registration is for participants attending the event.  $399

Speaker Registration: This registration is for speakers who have had their paper accepted as a presentation or a poster. $299

National Park Service Registration: This registration is for NPS staff that will not be presenting at the symposium. $299

Student Registration: This registration is limited to students with a valid student id. There are a limited number of student registrations available. $199

One-Day Registration: This registration is for a participant who plans to attend one day of the symposium. $199

Opening Reception (included with registration): individuals who plan to attend the opening reception on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 and are registered for the symposium need to RSVP on the registration form indicating whether or not they will attend the Reception.

Companion for Opening Reception: Spouses or individuals not registered for the symposium but attending the opening reception with a registered participant. $25

Field Session Tour (included in registration): Individuals who plan to attend the field session on Thursday, June 4, 2020 and are registered for the symposium need to RSVP on the registration form indicating whether or not they will attend the Tour of the USAF Space and Missile Museum Foundation at Cape Canaveral.

Symposium Proceedings:  Symposium registrants will be mailed a copy of the proceedings approximately 12 months after the symposium. Please include your mailing address on the registration form.

Meeting Location:

Radisson Resort at the Port
8701 Astronaut Blvd
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
(321) 784-0000

Please let us know immediately if you need reasonable accommodations or have special dietary needs at the time of registration.

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Since workshops and conferences fill quickly, please sign up as early as possible. If you need to withdraw from an event, you must inform us in writing via email Jason_Church@contractor.nps.gov or fax (318) 356-9119. Cancellations more than 30 days prior to an event will be fully refunded less a $30 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations within 30 days of the event, but funds may be credited towards a future FRIENDS OF NCPTT event. In the unlikely event that the FRIENDS OF NCPTT must cancel an event, you may choose a full refund of the registration fee or a credit for a future FRIENDS OF NCPTT event.

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Radisson Resort at the Port<br /><small>Small Steps and Giant Leaps</small>
8701 Astronaut Blvd, Cape Canavera, FL 32920 United States
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(321) 784-0000
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119