It’s the Summer of Space!

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing with Programming and Events around this Giant Leap for Mankind.

Chasing the Moon Free Advance Screenings

Moon Gazing

Join WDSE • WRPT at the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium on the UMD campus for an evening of star and moon gazing, as well as an advance screening of Chasing the Moon. RSVP and get more info about this event.

Let’s Go to the Moon!

WDSE • WRPT and the Duluth Public Library will host a moon-focused lecture by Astro Bob! RSVP and get more info about this event.


Programming Schedule - A Summer of Space


Chasing the Moon

This six-hour, three-night series blasts off July 8, 2019.

Years in the making, this docuseries thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The 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 culled from more than 90 different archives from around the world — the series features new interviews with a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events.


June 17, 2019

Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step


July 2, 2019

Secrets of the Dead “Galileo’s Moon”


July 8, 2019

Antiques Roadshow “Out of This World”


July 10, 2019

NOVA “Back to the Moon”

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the Moon, new scientific discoveries are fueling excitement for a return to the lunar surface—this time, perhaps, to stay. Join the scientists and engineers working to make life on the Moon a reality.


July 17, 2019

A Year in Space

Follow Scott Kelly’s 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to descent.

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

Watch the story of Apollo 11 with rare mission audio and CGI recreation of the crew experience.


Starting July 24, 2019

Ancient Skies

This three-part series will uncover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering helped our ancestors explore outer space.


Starting July 24, 2019

NOVA “The Planets”

This five-part series wanders through the eight-plus worlds of our own solar system—each home to truly awe-inspiring sights.


July 30, 2019

Beyond a Year in Space

Meet next generation of astronauts training to leave Earth’s orbit and travel into deep space.


Looking for even more celestial-based programming? Go to PBS.org where you can submit videos, photos, audio recordings and text entries sharing how you experienced the Apollo mission or your passion for space exploration.