Enjoy a preview of the new PBS and American Experience documentary Chasing the Moon. Directed by Robert Stone, this three-part series reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. 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.
PART ONE: A Place Beyond the Sky begins in 1957 and tracks the early years of the space race as the United States struggled to catch up with the Soviet Union. The episode reveals breathtaking failures and successes of the nascent American space program and demonstrates the stakes and costs of reaching the moon.
Following the screening, astronaut Cady Coleman will discuss her experiences aboard the International Space Station. A chemist and former United States Air Force officer, Coleman is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions and logged 159 days in space as a crew member of Expedition 27.
Light refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public!