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

The success made me immensely proud to be an American, an Air Force officer, and soon-to-be pilot.

Rocky Raab

I watched the Apollo 11 launch and landing from Bachelor Officers' Quarters at Laredo AFB, Texas where I was in pilot training. The success made me immensely proud to be an American, an Air Force officer, and soon-to-be pilot.

I knew I'd never be an astronaut because my math skills weren't good enough, but I had a pretty good voice and admired NASA launch commentator Jack King almost as much as I did the astronauts. The vagaries of life allowed me - just over 15 years later - to also be a NASA launch commentator for Delta and Atlas rockets as well as the Space Shuttle, for which I did the commentary for Missions 51-G and 51-B in 1985. Not many people have held that job, and I am very lucky to be one of them.

High on a mountain at a youth hostel called the Becker Alm, we watched the moon landing...

Judy Vander Heide

In the summer of 1969 I was with a group of American and international students in Bavaria, Germany. High on a mountain at a youth hostel called the Becker Alm, we watched the moon landing on a black and white grainy, flickering TV. Everyone was excited to be present at such an historic event.

We Americans were toasted, hugged and congratulated, a lasting memory of fellowship, pride and hope for a better world.

As a result of the "space race" initiated by President J F Kennedy, I became eligible for a National Science Foundation Fellowship.

Marlene Deal

I was from a lower middle class family from Montana. I was the first of my family to graduate from University. I studied microbiology and interned in Medical Technology. As a result of the "space race" initiated by President J F Kennedy, I became eligible for a National Science Foundation Fellowship. This fellowship paid my way to an M.S.

and Ph.D in Microbiology at Montana State University. They were training scientists to be able to study the specimens that were brought back from the moon and to develop portable microbiology identification systems for space travel. I never worked in this field but the project gave me the opportunity to educate myself way beyond anything that I would have been able to do without it and as a result, my life was forever changed and enriched. I remember looking at the moon one night during the space landing and thinking Thank you. The moon was full and bright that night. It was a perfect night for the moon landing!

It turned out that he had been a part of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Stephen Warner

It was a typical, hot July night in Tokyo. My companion and I had spent long hours contacting people on the streets and door-to-door. I had been in the Japan Mission nine months and was slowly picking up the Japanese language. I could speak conversational Japanese at a superficial level.

As we returned to our apartment near Senzokuike, we stopped at a shop near the train station. We were going to buy some fish, cooked on the hibachi, and some fruit. As we entered the shop to make our purchase, we noticed there were several customers and the shop keeper huddled around a tiny Sony television perched up in the corner of the shop. Neil Armstrong had just jumped onto the moon and had planted an American flag.

Everyone was mesmerized at seeing a man on the moon. As people expressed their astonishment at the seeing the first man on the moon, I teased the owner by saying in my remedial Japanese, “It looks like the moon is now American.” He laughed at my joke. We both expressed how extraordinary the scene on the television had been.

I asked if he had ever been to America. He said that he had—once. I asked him where he had visited. “Hawaii,” he stated. I asked which island he had visited. He said that he didn’t land. He just flew over. It turned out that he had been a part of the Pearl Harbor attack. There was no animosity or ill feelings. He just stated what had happened. We became friends as he would see us nearly every day—the foreign missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

50 years later, I was in Japan on university business and thought I would take the train to Senzokuike to see if the shop I remembered as the place where I saw Neil Armstrong land on the moon was still there. As I came down the stairs of the train station, I was sad to see the shop was gone, replaced by two American fast-food restaurants. Nevertheless…I have fond feelings for the place where I saw the miracle of the man-on-the-moon.

My father hooked up our tv outside in the summer because it was too hot in the house to watch.

Celia Ward

I sat outside on our patio in Ogden with my sister and parents on that sweltering July evening. My father hooked up our tv outside in the summer because it was too hot in the house to watch. I was 20 years old that summer, a young wife newly pregnant. No one knew my secret but me.

I remember looking at the moon that night with my family knowing that life would be very different for me and very different for our world. My son was born in March of 1970.

We watched the moon landing on a small black-and-white TV

Jo Ellen Ashworth

I was 23, in a motel in St. George, with my aunt from Cedar City, Marla Ence Arns. It was about 2pm. We watched the moon landing on a small black-and-white TV.

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Moon Landing Anniversary Celebration

Saturday
Jul 20
2019
11:00am
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3:00pm

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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