ALAMOGORDO ― The New Mexico Museum of Space History and KRWG TV will present a free screening of the new PBS documentary Chasing the Moon at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21, in the New Horizons Dome Theater.
Prior to the screening, Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll will do a presentation on the Apollo 11 program in the theater. Limited seating is available and the public is encouraged to arrive a few minutes early.
“Partnering with the museum seemed like the perfect thing to do for this preview,” said Edmundo Resendez, Director of Development for KRWG. “New Mexico’s rich cultural heritage related to space research, exploration and development is showcased at the museum and this film highlights the crowning achievement of America’s manned space program.”
Chasing the Moon is a four hour documentary produced for the American Experience history series that airs weekly on PBS and KRWG. The four part series captures the essence of the Space Age and casts it for a new generation, using archival and overlooked material much of which has never been seen before.
According to pbs.org, “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.”
Photo cutline: Virgin Galactic’s White Knight, carrying Space Ship One, does a flyover of Spaceport America during the runway dedication event in 2010. Virgin is expected to fly its first commercial passengers out of the spaceport sometime in 2019.