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Speaker Series: Beyond Oppenheimer

Speaker Series: Beyond Oppenheimer

Date: Saturday, Oct 28 | 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Venue: Air & Space Museum
Categories: Lecture, Special Events

Join us at the Air & Space Museum to hear from guest speaker Steve Kelly for a Speaker Series titled Beyond Oppenheimer: America’s Race to Create the Atomic Bomb.

This presentation about the Manhattan Project will highlight the people who lobbied to get the bomb program launched, the researchers who conducted the efforts to build the bomb, the secret facilities that were built from the ground up in record time and the creative solutions that were devised to make the weapon work. It will also cover the training of the crews and delivery of the bomb to targets in Japan.

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This presentation will take place in the Harrison Ford Theater and is included in museum admission.


Steve Kelly

Steve Kelly has lived in Colorado for the past 60 years, attending elementary, high school and college in the state. He trained as an Imagery Analyst with the Naval Reserve and completed 22 years of total active and reserve duty. He was mobilized for several Global War on Terror operations from 2002-2004, where he served as the lead imagery analyst for the Operational Analysis and Targeting Directorate at the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Pearl Harbor, HI.

Steve was formerly employed at Lockheed/Martin Corporation working on classified satellite programs at their Waterton, Deer Creek, and Gaithersburg, MD locations. He has been a volunteer with Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum since 1994 working with exhibit production, museum education, lectures and presentations and was the chairperson for the Apollo 50th Anniversary project in 2019. Over the past three years, he has taught classes for University of Denver Enrichment Program on space exploration topics. He is currently the president of the Colorado Aviation Historical Society.

Steve Kelly presenting a lecture

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