Virtual Lecture – Sand and Stardust: Resurrecting Stories Burned by Space and Time
January 22, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm$5 – $12
When The Columbia Space Shuttle exploded on February 1, 2003, it took the lives of seven astronauts, including Israeli Ilan Ramon. Most of what Ramon carried with him into space was also lost, including a miniature torah scroll and a copy drawing by Holocaust victim Peter Ginz titled ‘Moon Landscape’. Though badly damaged, one of Ramon’s prized possessions was recovered and restored: his astronaut crew notebook which served as his diary.
Hear from world-renowned conservator Michael Maggen who was tasked with the mission to restore and decipher Ramon’s personal writings. At the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where Maggen works, Ramon’s Diary was featured at the center of an exhibit that also told the ancient story of Enoch—the first Jewish Astronaut—from the Dead Sea Scrolls, a document conserved for the Shrine of the Book.
In this program, Mr. Maggen will highlight the relationship between the stories of Enoch, Peter Ginz and Ilan Ramon while also addressing his work as a conservator on these ground-breaking projects.
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