“Chasing the Moon” Screening and Discussion

May 01, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Friends of the LBJ Library members enjoyed a sneak preview of a new six-hour PBS documentary series from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Chasing the Moon.

After the screening, a discussion followed with:

  • Filmmaker Robert Stone
  • Poppy Northcutt, who at 25 gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA's Mission Control
  • Roger Launius, former chief historian of NASA
  • Moderator: Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation

The series will premiere on PBS July 8-10, 2019, leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Watch the trailer.

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.

Chasing the Moon

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, 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.

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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