It’s the Summer of Space!

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

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 29, 2019 at 9pm

First Men in the Moon
It’s July 1969 and as the world waits with bated breath for Apollo 11 to land on the Moon, a young boy meets 90-year-old Julius Bedford who tells an extraordinary story of his journey to the Moon with a Professor Cavor, way back in 1909. Inspired by H.G. Wells’s novel, this family drama is fun, fast-paced fantasy at its best. Based on the day the first men walked on the moon, it asks the question - what if someone else got there first?

When to Watch:

PBS North
Saturday, June 29 at 9pm
Sunday, June 30 at 2:30pm
Monday, July 1 at midnight

PBS Explore
Sunday, June 30 at 5:30pm
Thursday, July 4 at 1pm


July 2, 2019

Secrets of the Dead “Galileo’s Moon”
When it was published in 1610, Galileo's "Sidereus Nuncius" translated as “Starry Messenger” set in motion a scientific revolution. Using observations he made of both the earth's moon and Jupiter's moons, Galileo proved earth is not the center of the universe. Five hundred and fifty copies of the original treatise were printed and roughly 100 are known to exist today.


July 8, 2019

Antiques Roadshow “Out of This World”
A new compilation episode of space-related appraisals


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.


July 20, 2019

Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step
In this one-hour special, Jet and his Boxwood Terrace friends learn about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo Space program when they decide to have a sleepover on the Moon.


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.