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It's the Summer of Space!

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jul 2, 2019 1:19 PM
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This summer WITF and PBS bring the universe to you with SUMMER OF SPACE. This summer's theme commemorates America's journey into space.

The celebration officially kicks off July 8 at 8pm with a new space-themed ANTIQUES ROADSHOW "Out of This World" and the epic three-part special "Chasing the Moon" from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, charting the worldwide race to space during the 1950s and '60s.

On July 10 at 9:00pm, NOVA "Back to the Moon" explores how new scientific discoveries are fueling excitement for a return to the lunar surface, and its five-part series "The Planets" beginning July 24 brings to life the dramatic story of our solar system--from Saturn's 45,000-mile-wide rings, to Mars's ancient waterfalls, to the raging winds of Neptune, and more.

8 DAYS: TO THE MOON AND BACK on July 17 at 9:00pm tells the story of Apollo 11 with rare mission audio and CGI recreation of the crew experience. 

WHEN WE WERE APOLLO features an intimate and personal look at the Apollo Space Program through the lives and experiences of some of its most inspiring behind-the-scenes figures: engineers, technicians, builders and contractors who spent the better part of a decade working to get us to the moon and back. WHEN WE WERE APOLLO broadcasts July 19 at 9:00pm. 

The three-part mini-series ANCIENT SKIES begins July 24. Discover the centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering that helped our ancestors explore outer space.

On July 26 at 9:00pm, SPACE CHASE USA explores the extraordinary events that transformed the small town of Cocoa Beach, Florida into a bustling center for the American space program. Featuring a trove of archival material and interviews with long-time residents, former Apollo astronauts, and Cape Canaveral-based engineers and employees, the program charts the history of the space program in Florida during the 1950s and 1960s.

We encore the FARTHEST VOYAGER on July 31 at 10:00pm. Learn how NASA's epic Voyager missions, launched in 1977, revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their dazzling moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.

The Summer of Space also extends to WITF's radio programming:

THE RACE TO THE MOON features diverse voices - all of whom recollect the Moon landing with fondness and pride: Viktor Yazdovsky, whose father helped prepare dogs for space orbit in the USSR; Joe Guion, who pulled the first space-traveling monkeys out of their capsule; Colonel Frank Borman, commander of NASA's Apollo 8 mission; Fred Hayes of the stricken Apollo 13 mission; and Harrison Schmitt, one of the last astronauts walk on the lunar surface. Hear these stories July 5 at 9:00am and 7:00pm.  

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