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Summer of Space

PBS and WGBY Present Summer of Space

PBS and WGBY bring viewers the universe with Summer of Space, a multiplatform experience that includes six new science and history programs, all commemorating America’s journey into space. The celebration officially kicks off July 8 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.

Summer of Space Featured Programming

American Experience: Chasing the Moon

“American Experience: Chasing the Moon” surveys the thrilling era of the space race, from its earliest days to the 1969 moon landing.
Monday–Wednesday, July 8–10 at 9 p.m.
Experience the thrilling era of the space race, from its earliest days to the 1969 moon landing. A fascinating mix of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle and personal drama, the series brings the Space Age to vivid life. Watch a preview »

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

“8 Days: To the Moon and Back” recreates the first moon landing.
 Wednesday, July 17 at 9 p.m.
Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA archive and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing. Watch a preview »

Ancient Skies

“Ancient Skies” reveals centuries of discoveries that helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space.
Wednesdays, July 24 – August 7 at 8 p.m.
Discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space. Expert contributors decode astronomical myths and uncover the science behind their origins.

Nova: The Planets

In a five-part series, Nova explores the awesome beauty of The Planets
Wednesdays, July 24 – August 21 at 9 p.m.
In this five-part series, Nova explores the awesome beauty of The Planets, including Saturn’s 175,000-mile-wide rings, Mars’s ancient waterfalls four times the size of any found on Earth, and Neptune’s winds — 12 times stronger than any hurricane felt on our planet. Using unique special effects and extraordinary footage captured by orbiters, landers and rovers, Nova treats viewers to an up-close look at these faraway worlds. Watch a preview »

Nova: Back to the Moon

“Nova: Back to the Moon” explores discoveries that may make life on the Moon a reality.
Wednesday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
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. Watch a preview »

Antiques Roadshow: Out of This World

Antiques Roadshow appraises a NASA Apollo Archive on “Antiques Roadshow: Out of This World.”
Monday, July 8 at 8 p.m.
Explore the universe of space-themed treasures, including NASA Space Program autographed photos, a 1737 celestial & terrestrial atlas, and a Star Trek treatment, script, and letters. Have the values of these stellar finds skyrocketed in the market? Watch a preview »

Secrets of The Dead: Galileo's Moon

“Secrets of The Dead: Galileo's Moon” uncovers the truth behind an alleged proof copy of Galileo’s “Sidereus Nuncius.”
Tuesday, July 2 at 8 p.m.
Join experts as they uncover the truth behind the find of the century: an alleged proof copy of Galileo’s “Sidereus Nuncius,” which changed our understanding of the cosmos. This copy included his signature and seemingly original watercolor paintings. Watch a preview »

Related Encore Programming

American Experience: Space Men
Tuesday, July 9 at 8 p.m.
Learn about Project Manhigh, which laid the groundwork for the U.S. space program.

Nova: First Man on the Moon
Wednesday, July 17 at 8 p.m.
See an intimate portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon.

A Year in Space
Tuesday, July 23 at 10 p.m.
Follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s 12-month mission on the International Space Station.

Beyond A Year in Space
Tuesday, July 30 at 10 p.m.
Meet the next generation of astronauts training to travel into deep space.

The Farthest – Voyager in Space
Wednesday, July 31 at 10 p.m.
Learn how NASA’s Voyager mission revolutionized our understanding of distant planets.

Wednesday, August 7 at 10 p.m.
See Stephen Hawking’s greatest scientific discoveries and his rise to superstardom.

Nova: Apollo’s Daring Mission
Thursday, July 16 at 10 p.m.
Apollo 8’s astronauts and engineers recount the first manned mission to the moon.

Multiplatform Experience

Summer of Space programs will stream following each broadcast and be available on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. PBS station members can view episodes via Passport (contact membership@wgby.org for details). Summer of Space classroom-ready materials will also be available for educators and students on PBS LearningMedia. PBS Digital Studios will present Stellar, a new space-themed miniseries on Facebook. The Summer of Space interactive hub will be housed on PBS.org. Throughout the summer, viewers are invited to submit videos, photographs, audio recordings, or text entries about how they experienced the Apollo mission and/or about their interest in space exploration in general.