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PBS and American Experience greenlight “Chasing the Moon”

PBS’ American Experience has greenlit the new docuseries Chasing the Moon, which tracks the space race from its earliest beginnings to the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond. Executive produced by ...
April 27, 2017

PBS’ American Experience has greenlit the new docuseries Chasing the Moon, which tracks the space race from its earliest beginnings to the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond.

Executive produced by Mark Samels and directed by Robert Stone, the new series will premiere in 2019 during the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The four-part docuseries casts the Space Age as a fascinating mix of scientific innovation, politicking, media spectacle, vision and personal drama.

Using previously overlooked archival footage, the feature showcases a diverse cast of characters who were integral in these historic events.

Among those featured include astronauts Buzz Aldrin; Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a young math 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.

Chasing the Moon explores the unbelievably complex challenges that NASA was able to overcome. Not a week goes by when someone doesn’t say, ‘Why can’t we do something today as ambitious, as grand as putting a man on the moon?’ It was a century-defining achievement, and our film tells a familiar story in an entirely new way,” said Samels, in a statement.

Distribution of the series outside the U.S. will be handled by PBS International.

Image courtesy of NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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