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Muir-Harmony, Teasel

National Air and Space Museum staff

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  • Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony is a historian and the curator of the Apollo Collection, which comprises roughly 3,000 spacecraft and related equipment from the Apollo program, the Skylab program, and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. She is the Lead Curator of the exhibit One World Connected and serves on exhibit teams for Destination Moon and Innovations. Her research focuses on the political history of exploring the Moon, from debates about lunar governance to the use of spaceflight as soft power, the topic of her award-winning book, Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo (Basic Books, 2020). She has also written on the material culture of spaceflight in Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects (National Geographic, 2018) and other publications. Before coming to the Smithsonian, she earned a Ph.D. in the history of science and technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and held positions at the American Institute of Physics and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. Her research has been supported by 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, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation. Muir-Harmony co-organizes the Space Policy & History Forum, teaches in Georgetown University’s Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) program, and serves on the Executive Council of the Society for the History of Technology and the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society.