Chasing the Moon Free Advance Screenings

Join WDSE•WRPT at the UMD Planetarium for a night of Moon Gazing and at the Duluth Public Library for a moon talk with Astro Bob. Both events will also feature an advance screening of the first episode of American Experience’s Chasing the Moon, a docuseries in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Enjoy either or both of these fun and free events, and tune in July 8th – 10th on PBS North for the full Chasing the Moon docuseries.


Moon Gazing

Saturday, June 8 2019 at 7:30pm
UMD Planetarium
1023 University Dr, Duluth, MN 55812

We’ll take you on an adventure to the moon. First, we’ll watch an advance screening of a portion of Chasing the Moon. Next, we’ll gaze at the stars – regardless of the weather – in the planetarium, guided by the astronomy experts at UMD. Then, if it’s a clear night, we’ll head outside and look at the moon and stars, and learn about the peaks and valleys on the moon itself.

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The event is free but seats are limited!
Parking: You can park in Gold Lot A in front of the planetarium.


Let’s Go to the Moon!

Monday, June 24 at 5pm
Duluth Public Library, Green Room
520 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802

Bob King, or Astro Bob, will show us how to explore the wonders of the moon from our front yards and discuss the Apollo missions, as well as NASA's plan to return in 2024. We’ll also be able to touch a real moon rock! Then we’ll watch an advance screening of a portion of Chasing the Moon.

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The event is free but seats are limited!


About Chasing the Moon


“Chasing the Moon” thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The three-part series recasts 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 — the film features new interviews with a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Freeman Dyson, the renowned futurist and theoretical physicist; Sergei Khrushchev, the son of former Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, who played a prominent role in the Soviet space program as a rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, the 25-year-old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.

We’ll show a portion of part one, A Place Beyond the Sky:

The documentary begins in 1957 and tracks the early years of the space race as the United States struggles to catch up with the Soviet Union. The episode reveals breathtaking failures and successes of the nascent American space program and demonstrates the stakes and costs of reaching the moon.