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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.


Moon Memory Highlights

Moon Memories

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

The sailors began giving us Americans rum from the ship's stores.

Eugene Castellano

I was in the US AIR FORCE on a TDY assignment to the Scottish coast on an English Naval station, HMS FULMAR. When Mr. Armstrong stepped on the moon, the sailors began giving us Americans rum from the ship's stores and declaring us great “Yanks”. The celebration lasted well into the night.

I remember feeling very proud st that time, in spite of Vietnam, to be an American serviceman.

When Apollo 11 splashed down, there were BIG BIG parties!

Richard Gregersen

When Apollo 11 landed on the moon, I was working in the Mission Control Center (MCC) Bldg. 30 at the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) in Houston,Texas. It was very exciting to be in the MCC during Apollo 8 through 12 missions.

Our programming team had to provide 24 hour coverage of the Univac 494 communications computers located in the basement. It was especially tense when the primary computer faulted and switched to the back-up as then the flight director would call to find out what happened! When Apollo 11 splashed down, there were BIG BIG parties!

I remember the ticker tape parade held for the astronauts down Broadway in New York City.

Connie Wilcox

My memories include watching the lunar landing and hearing Neil Armstrong saying "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." I also remember the ticker tape parade held for the astronauts down Broadway in New York City.

My first job was in an office building on Broadway and we looked out our window to see the incredible amount of paper - including actual ticker tape - "snowing" from windows. By the end of the work day, the streets and sidewalks were completely cleaned off.

I was frantic that they were all outside and "missing it."

Keith Merrill

I remember so much of this time. I was nine years old and my little world at that time was all about the space program. I remember watching, on Christmas Eve, the live broadcast from Apollo 8 from the moons orbit. I saved, and still have, all the newspaper clippings and magazines from that time of the moon walk.

All the books I read and all the book reports for school were about Apollo 11. My parents help me write to NASA many times asking for pictures or anything about the Apollo program, and I was sent many packets through the years with astronaut photos, mission reports, and various items.

I was living in California at the time, and I remember watching Walter Cronkite on TV and my parents had some friends over outside in the evening. When the time came for them to exit the LM, I was frantic that they were all outside and "missing it." I probably yelled at them to come inside and watch. Seeing the grainy images was incredible, it seems like at first they were upside down too. Even though you really couldn't see Neil Armstrong take the first step, it was just overwhelming to think about what was happening. I thought it was funny when Edwin Aldrin came down later, that he was able to make a joke about "not locking the hatch on the way down." I stayed up all night watching as much as was broadcast.

When my dad brought home a Look magazine, and then a Life magazine a month or so later with the actual pictures from the moon - I could hardly believe it. All we had were those fuzzy black-and-white images, and to see clear, color photos of all that occurred - I could barely contain myself in excitement. I had a mom who encouraged my love for science and the space program, and she let me watch each lift off and splash down off all the Apollo flights even if it meant staying up late or going to school a little late.

Like many other young boys at the time, I too wanted to work for NASA and be an astronaut. I didn't make it, because by the time I was in high school I was already too tall for the minimum height requirements for the program. I did turn my love of space into something closer to earth and ended up studying meteorology, graduated from the U with a degree in it, and have worked in the Salt Lake TV market as a meteorologist (just not on-air) for nearly 35 years. I do not share of the opinions of the times back in the 60s or even today of some who say it was a waste of money and it could have been spent somewhere else. I believe the basic need for man/woman to explore if part of who we are. I look forward to future space programs and more exploration of our galactic neighbors.

"What he meant about the earlier announcement, was that man had landed on the moon."

Dennis C. Yoder

I was in the Rodeo Arena at Dixon, WY. The announcer announced, "The Eagle has landed!" He then mentioned he'd explain, as a contestant came out of the chutes. The rodeo went on.

Finally just as the Bull Riding started he told us, "What he meant about the earlier announcement, was that man had landed on the moon." Later that evening we watched as man walked on the moon!

I took pictures from the TV of the first landing on the moon.

Tom Tolman

I was just starting my senior year at Weber State College (now a University) studying art and photography. I set up my camera on a tripod in front of our old B & W Dumont TV and took pictures from the TV of the first landing on the moon. I later used one of the images in an art assignment I was working on.


Moon-related Events

Moon Landing Anniversary Celebration

Jul 20

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!...

Earthrise - Image Credit: NASA

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