“Chasing the Moon” Screening and Discussion
May 01, 2019
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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Friends members, join us for a sneak preview of a new PBS documentary, Chasing the Moon, which reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation. After the screening, filmmaker Robert Stone and Poppy Northcutt, the first woman engineer to work as part of NASA’s Mission Control, will join us for a discussion.
The film will premiere on PBS across three nights, beginning July 8. The timing is fitting as we mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's launch and return in mid-July.
We are not currently accepting reservations. Friends members at the Individual and above level will receive an email invitation about four weeks in advance and may make a reservation at that time.
More about the film
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.
Location and Parking
The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River St. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Free parking will be available in the LBJ Library visitors’ lot (#38), and lots #37 and #39 after 4:30 p.m. Overflow parking will be in Manor Garage on a self-pay, space available basis.
The evening will be co-sponsored by KLRU, Austin PBS.
The Evening With speaker series is generously sponsored by St. David's HealthCare, the Ford Foundation, the Moody Foundation, and Tito's Handmade Vodka.
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