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Special ‘Chasing the Moon’ sneak peek at library


Chasing The Moon Documentary

Part 3:  The Giant Leap! 

Wednesday, June 26

Community Room

Limited seating

Advance tickets available at the Library Front Desk

Doors open at 6pm for pre-show activities

Show starts at 7pm (approx. 38 minutes)

Join us for a special sneak peak of a new PBS American Experience documentary, Chasing the Moon, which reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation and compliments our Universe of Stories Summer Reading Challenge!  We will be previewing Part 3:  The Giant Leap – Revisit the historical launch of Apollo 11 in the atmosphere that occurred July 1969, the triumphant words, “the Eagle has landed,” and the biggest television audience in world history that tuned in to watch Neil Armstrong walk the moon’s surface.  The regular 2 hour version will premiere July 10th on PBS.

Enjoy optional moon and space themed activities before and after the show.  Pre-show activities include a moon craft, interactive moon story board and photo booth.  Post-show activities include a discussion about the space program and its impact on you, the nation and the world.  Tuesday, June 25th Lego Play Time and Thursday, June 27th Crafternoon programs will also feature a moon theme for extra fun!  Adult supervision required.

Special thank you to Alaska Pubic Media for sponsoring and promoting our event, and to PBSWGBH and the many other sponsors who made this film and pre-screening possible!


PBS Chasing the Moon Premiere

July 8, 9 and 10

Check local listing for times

Chasing the Moon, a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, up-ending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort.  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 who was instrumental in developing the computer program that allowed the Apollo missions to successfully navigate home from the moon; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.