Chasing the Moon Free Advance Screenings
Join WDSE•WRPT at the Duluth Public Library for a moon talk with Astro Bob. The event 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 this fun and free event, and tune in July 8th – 10th on PBS North for the full Chasing the Moon docuseries.
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.
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.