Summer of Space Includes New Shows & Encore Broadcasts
After a few years of having the Summer of Adventure, PBS is taking to the skies. The PBS Summer of Space includes new programs like Chasing the Moon, 8 Days: The Journey to Apollo 11, specials from NOVA and Antiques Roadshow and encores of space-themed shows like A Year in Space, Apollo’s Daring Mission, American Experience: Space Men and more.
“Our Summer of Space programming lineup invites PBS viewers to visit the farthest reaches of the universe, blending past and present to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and the latest advances in space exploration,” said Perry Simon, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming at PBS in a press release. “This exceptional collection of special programs will give viewers a historical understanding of the Apollo 11 moon landing … as well as exploring the distant planets and deep mysteries of space that are well beyond human grasp…”
CET and ThinkTV will promote the Summer of Space programs in the coming months (be sure to sign up for our enews!), but here are some of the highlights. There will also be a variety of space-themed PBS Kids shows, including Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step on June 17.
American Experience: Chasing the Moon
July 8 – 10, 9pm
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.
Antiques Roadshow: Out of this World
July 8, 8pm
Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with the premiere of an all-new special episode featuring stellar appraisals that include NASA memorabilia, space travel treasures, science fiction finds and more.
8 Days: The Journey of Apollo 11 (w.t.)
July 17, 9pm
Take a unique journey with the crew of Apollo 11 for their eight-day, three-hour, 18-minute and 35-second mission. Rare mission audio takes viewers inside the spacecraft on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends this authentic mission audio, featuring candid conversations between Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with newly shot studio footage, NASA and news archive, and stunning CGI recreation of the journey and landing to tell this amazing story in a riveting new way.
The Planets (w.t.)
Each of our celestial neighbors has a distinct personality and a unique story. In this five-part series, NOVA will explore the awesome beauty of The Planets, including Saturn’s 175,000-mile-wide rings, Mars’ 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, we’ll treat viewers to an up-close look at these faraway worlds. We’ll stand on the dark side of Pluto, lit only by the reflected light of its moons, watch the sun set over an ancient Martian waterfall, and witness a storm twice the size of Earth from high above Saturn. And, we’ll reveal how each of them has affected our own planet: Earth.