Black Stars in Orbit

September 1st, 1988 - February 28th, 1991 | PROJECT

William Miles, an award winning Black documentary filmmaker, will collaborate with WNET, New York to produce "Black Stars In Orbit," an hour-long television documentary for PBS broadcast on black astronauts and black Americans' contributions to America's space program. The program will utilize personal interviews with archival footage, family photographs, and news headlines to profile such individuals as Edward Dwight, Jr., Guion Bluford, Jr., Ronald McNair, Frederick Gregory, Patricia Cowings-Johnson and Robert Shurney. Videotape copies of the program will be made available for use by national organizations concerned with encouraging black youth in science and engineering. This film project has a substantial opportunity to reinforce science and engineering role models for black youth. Approximately 50% of the $450,000 project budget will be provided by NSF.

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Team Members

William Miles, Principal Investigator, Educational Broadcasting Corporation


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 8751415
Funding Amount: 271634


Audience: General Public | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: History | policy | law | Social science and psychology | Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology