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Summer of Space

TELL US YOUR STORY: What do you remember from the moon landing?

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, KUED is celebrating with the Summer of Space, a series of programs, events, and outreach initiatives designed to bring viewers back to that historic day in July 1969, when the first man walked on the moon, and anything seemed possible.

KUED’s Summer of Space is produced in conjunction with the launch of Chasing the Moon, a new three-part documentary series from American Experience that relives the history of the space race, from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing and beyond.

American Experience: Chasing The Moon

American Experience - Chasing The Moon - Premiering June 8

American Experience - Chasing The Moon

The series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. Utilizing a visual feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material — much of which has never before been seen by the public — the film features 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; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 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.

Credit: Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, November 16, 1963

Explore the early days of the space race, the struggle to catch up with the Soviet Union and the enormous stakes in the quest to reach the moon. This episode reveals both the breathtaking failures and successes of the developing U.S. space program.

Earthrise - Image Credit: NASA

Discover what it took to beat the Soviet Union to the moon in the space race. In the turbulent and troubled '60s, the U.S. space program faced tragedy with Apollo 1, but made a triumphant comeback with Apollo 8.

Experience the triumph of the first moon landing, witnessed by the largest TV audience in history. But dreams of space dramatically intersect with dreams of democracy, raising questions of national priorities and national identity.

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Moon Memories

TELL US YOUR STORY: What do you remember from the moon landing?

The nurses would come and go and were sure that we had a moon baby coming.

Elease King

My baby would be ready to be born in late July 1969. I was so excited when I learned that it would coincide with the moon landing. I checked into the hospital on the 20th with a television monitor above us in our private room. The nurses would come and go and were sure that we had a moon baby coming.

The astronauts were scheduled for a nap and then their walk. They decided they were too excited to take the their nap and were given the okay to land before Midnight on July 20th. I kept saying to the monitor, "No, take your nap! I need a little more time." Although my baby and I were not quite ready, I was thrilled to watch the fuzzy video of our brave astronauts during the landing and the "Giant step for mankind." It certainly helped distract me from my difficult work. Everything came out perfectly for us all - here and on the moon. My baby was born after Midnight on July 21, 1969.

I remember my dad holding me up to the window of the kitchen of The Bucaneer pub which had a small black and white TV on a shelf.

Gerard Hancock

My parents had taken my brother and I on our annual caravan holiday to Porthcawl in South Wales, I was 8-years-old. On the evening (GMT) that the landing took place, we went to the funfair at Coney Beach.

I remember my dad holding me up to the window of the kitchen of The Bucaneer pub which had a small black and white TV on a shelf, and I saw images of the coverage of the landing being broadcast.

I was standing on the flight deck of the USS Ticonderoga watching the recovery of Apollo 16.

David Tilson

My Mother and My two brothers were on vacation staying at my Aunts house in Peabody, Kansas on July 20th 1969. I remember watching Neil and Buzz walking around on the moon. The picture was very grainy and both guys had little 'ghosts' following them around.

When the EVA was over, and they were back inside the LEM, I still wanted to watch even knowing they would not come out again. Three years later on April 27th, 1972 I was standing on the flight deck of the USS Ticonderoga watching the recovery of Apollo 16. We were on station between Christmas island, and American Samoa. We had picked them up on radar around 9am, and before 10am the recovery was over. Great memories!!!

My dad recorded the ABC coverage on reel-to-reel tape (one of my most cherished possessions).

Michael Smith

In 1969 I was 8-years-old watching the landing on the Kansas City TV stations my dad recorded the ABC coverage on reel-to-reel tape (one of my most cherished possessions) I recall seeing Neil take those steps and even though I never understood what they were saying, it was, to say, a day I will never forget.

Around noon Apollo 11 landed; there were cheers all around the park.

Mike Deal

I was 10 years old living in Riverside, California at the time of the moon landing. My family had gone to Knott's Berry Farm on that Sunday, July 20, 1969. I took my small transistor radio with me and listened to the news and live broadcast most of the morning. People would stop me, and we'd all listen for a time to see what was happening.

I was pretty popular at the park. Around noon Apollo 11 landed; there were cheers all around the park. It was such a memorable experience. Arriving home late that night, I remember walking out into our back yard and looking up at the moon. I was just in awe realizing that these astronauts were actually there! For a 10-year-old who loved all things space at the time, this was quite the remarkable memory.

We were in a tent in Scotland by Loch Lochy in the pouring rain...

Sylvia Susan Ault

We were in a tent in Scotland by Loch Lochy in the pouring rain listening to the Astronauts landing on the Moon on a transistor radio. I ran down to the loch barefooted and found myself up to my knees in the mud with huge eels writhing around me.

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Moon Landing Anniversary Celebration

Saturday
Jul 20
2019
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Join KUED Kids for a full day of family-friendly activities, celebrating the Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary at Clark Planetarium! Families and space enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy moon-themed activities, try on a pair of virtual reality goggles to experience moon gravity, and more! The celebration starts with a free screening of Ready Jet Go!...

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