Anchored by the previously announced Chasing the Moon (pictured), American pubcaster PBS has unveiled more details about six upcoming specials and series to mark the Apollo 11 moon-landing anniversary, including the premiere of Secrets of the Dead: Galileo’s Moon.
Airing on July 2 at 8/7 p.m. ET/CT, the special focuses on the Italian astronomer’s Sidereus Nuncius (or Starry Messenger), the treatise published in 1610 that proclaimed that Earth is not the center of the universe, and while 550 copies were originally printed, only about 150 are known to exist today. In 2005, what was said to be an original copy came to the market, and in 2012, it was declared a fake.
Premiering on July 10 at 8/7 p.m. ET/CT, ‘NOVA’: Back to the Moon features the scientists and engineers who are at work to make life on the moon a reality.
8 Days: To the Moon and Back, coproduced with the BBC, is a film that blends mission audio recordings – featuring conversations between Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – with new footage, NASA archive, and CGI. It airs on July 17 at 9/8 p.m. ET/CT.
Also, American Experience: Chasing the Moon premieres on July 8, and is a three-part series that tracks the earliest days of the space race to the 1969 moon landing, covering the political calculation, media spectacle and personal drama.
Even Antiques Roadshow gets into the space spirit, with an episode airing on July 8 that explores space-themed treasures, including NASA Space Program autographed photos, celestial and terrestrial atlases, and a Star Trek script. Antiques Roadshow: Out of This World airs at 8/7 p.m. ET/CT.
Ancient Skies kicks off a new series on July 24, with discoveries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering that helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space.
‘NOVA’ miniseries The Planets premieres on July 24 at 9/8 p.m. ET/CT and 10/9 p.m. ET/CT, and details the secrets of our solar systems.
Encore presentations include American Experience: Space Men (July 9), ‘NOVA’: Apollo’s Daring Mission (July 16), A Year in Space (July 17, July 23), Beyond a Year in Space (July 30), The Farthest: Voyager in Space (July 31), and ‘NOVA’: Pluto and Beyond (August 14).
Summer of Space programs will stream following each broadcast on PBS platforms, while PBS Kids will have class-room ready materials, and Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step, a one-hour special on astronomy and scientific exploration.