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Summer of Space

Finding Your Roots, Freedom Tales

Secrets of the Dead, Galileo’s Moon

Tuesday, July 2, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, July 3, at 2 a.m.

Join experts as they uncover the truth behind the find of the century: an alleged proof copy of Galileo’s “Sidereus Nuncius” with the astronomer’s signature and seemingly original watercolor paintings.

The first published scientific work based on observations made through a telescope, Galileo’s work challenged the belief that the Earth was the center of the universe.

Visit the SECRETS OF THE DEAD website.


Aretha Franklin

Homo Spatius

Tuesday, July 2, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, July 3, at 3 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, July 6, at 2:30 p.m.

Twelve astronauts from around the world discuss the impact of space travel on their lives and bodies. Their firsthand accounts, combined with 60 years of medical science and present-day lab testing sequences, spotlight how zero gravity affects humans.



Independent Lens, Black Memorabilia

American Experience, Space Men

Tuesday, July 9, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, July 10, at 2 am and Sunday, July 14, at 1 p.m.

Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for our country’s space program.

Though largely forgotten, this group of daring explorers would be the first to venture into the frozen vacuum on the edge of our world, testing the very limits of human physiology and ingenuity.

Visit the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE website.




Nova, Apollo’s Daring Mission

Nova, Apollo’s Daring Mission

Tuesday, July 16, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, July 17, at 4 am and Sunday, July 21, at noon

Apollo astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon. The U.S. space program suffered a bitter setback when Apollo 1 ended in a deadly fire. In disarray, NASA decided to turn Apollo 8 from an earth-orbit mission into a daring sprint to the moon.

Visit the NOVA website.




American Masters, Charley Pride

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

Wednesday, July 17, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Thursday, July 18, at 3 a.m. and Sunday, July 21, at 3:30 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m.

Rare mission audio takes viewers inside the Apollo 11 spacecraft on its historic journey. The film features candid conversations between Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins plus newly shot studio footage and stunning CGI re-creation of the journey.

Visit the 8 DAYS: TO THE MOON AND BACK website.




American Masters, Charley Pride

POV Shorts: Earthrise

Wednesday, July 17, at 10:30 p.m.
Repeats Thursday, July 18, at 4:30 a.m.

Learn the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, this film explores the beauty and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.

Visit the POV website.


Space Chase USA

Space Chase USA

Tuesday, July 23, at 10 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, July 24, at 4 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, July 20, at 9:30 pm.

Examine the complicated history of the American South and its music through the life of country star Charley Pride. Raised in segregated Mississippi, his journey shows the ways that artistic expression can triumph over prejudice and injustice.

Visit the SPACE CHASE USA website.


American Masters, Charley Pride

Ancient Skies

Wednesdays, July 24-Aug. 7, at 8 p.m.
Repeats Thursdays, July 25-Aug. 8, at 2 a.m. and Sundays, July 28-Aug. 11, at noon

Discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space.

Visit the ANCIENT SKIES website.


The Farthest—Voyager in Space

The Farthest—Voyager in Space

Wednesday, July 31, at 10 p.m.

Learn how NASA’s epic Voyager missions, launched in 1977, revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and their dazzling moons and rings.



View our complete SUMMER OF SPACE schedule.
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