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Nicholas and Alexandra: The Letters

American Experience, Chasing the Moon

Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Tuesday-Thursday, July 9-11, at 3 a.m.; Tuesdays, July 16-30, at 8 p.m.; and Wednesdays, July 17-31, at 2 4 a.m.

This new six-hour documentary series about the space race, from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond, is scheduled in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Produced and directed by Robert Stone, “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 public relations savvy, political calculation and media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama.

With no narration and using only archival footage, 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.

 

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