You can also find out about GPB Education’s Live Exploration: Rocket Launch, live from the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia, a part of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Global Launch. Want to learn how to build your own rocket as a family or team? GPB Education has you covered with a downloadable activity guide.
Learn about and register for some of our upcoming screening events, including a Ready Jet Go! Screening Party at GPB on June 21, and the first of our Chasing the Moon preview screenings on July 11 at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center in Columbus. Our content will continue to grow as the Summer of Space kicks into high gear, so make sure to bookmark GPB to the Moon and check in with us as the countdown continues.
Summer of Space blasts off on Wednesday, July 8 with the premiere of Chasing the Moon: American Experience. The highly-anticipated six-hour, three-night series thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort, to recast the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation and PR savvy, political calculation and media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama.
With no narration and using only archival footage — including a visual feast of previously lost or overlooked material culled from more than 90 different archives from around the world — Chasing the Moon features new interviews with a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events, including astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; the renowned futurist Freeman Dyson; and Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, who played a prominent role in the Soviet space program as a rocket engineer.
While other documentaries have largely painted a familiar narrative of goals set, obstacles overcome, disasters averted and missions accomplished, Chasing the Moon tells a vastly more entertaining and surprising story.
“When we think of that breathtaking moment of the 1969 moon landing, we forget what a turbulent time that was,” says Mark Samels, American Experience executive producer. “The country was dealing with huge problems — Vietnam, poverty, civil rights — and there was a lot of skepticism about the space program. Chasing the Moon explores the unbelievably complex challenges that NASA was able to overcome. Not a week goes by when someone doesn’t say, ‘Why can’t we do something today as ambitious, as grand as putting a man on the moon?’ It was a century-defining achievement, and our film tells a familiar story in an entirely new way.”
Chasing the Moon, written, produced and directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Stone, premieres Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10, 9:00-11:00 pm.