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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Chasing the Moon

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of
the moon landing

By Jody Shiroma , PBS Hawaiʻi

 

Apollo 11 Saturn V launch vehicle lifts off from Kennedy Space Center.July 20, 1969 was a momentous day, a day whose events some would refer to later as the “greatest experience of their lifetime.” Parents around the world invited their children to join them around the television, “Come and watch this,” they said.

 

Families gathered around their television sets in awe, listening intently as messages came crackling over the airwaves. From Apollo 11, two American astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, accomplished what no other humans had done – they stepped foot on the moon. Armstrong’s words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,” echoed around the world.

 

(Image at right) Apollo 11 Saturn V launch vehicle lifts off from Kennedy Space Center.

 

As Americans and the world shared their experiences, for those living in Hawai‘i the event continued as astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins made their first landfall on O‘ahu after their capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Their quarantine unit arrived at Pearl Harbor aboard the recovery vessel, the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, on their way back to Houston.

 

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and PBS Hawai‘i are premiering Chasing the Moon, a three-part, six-hour documentary series that brings the awe, excitement and unforgettable experience to life for both those who lived through it and for the generations who have come after.

 

Apollo 11 astronauts (from left): Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. share a laughFrom the space race’s earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond, this series recasts this period as a fascinating time of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. Utilizing 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 are astronauts 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.

 

(Left) The Apollo 11 crewmen, still under a 21-day quarantine, are greeted by their wives. (Center) Poppy Northcutt became the first woman in an operational support role to work in NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston with the flight of Apollo 8. (Right) Ed Dwight, the first African American to be trained as an astronaut

 

“When we think of that breathtaking moment of the 1969 moon landing, we forget what a turbulent time that was,” said Mark Samels, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE executive producer. “The country was dealing with huge problems – Vietnam, poverty, race riots – and there was a lot of skepticism about the space program. Chasing the Moon explores the unbelievably complex challenges that NASA was able to overcome. It was a century-defining achievement, and our film tells a familiar story in an entirely new way.”

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

CHASING THE MOON

Monday – Wednesday at 9:00 pm
July 8 – 10
on PBS Hawaiʻi

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THE COLLECTION ON MASTERPIECE
Part 7 of 7

 

World War II is over and Paul Sabine is restoring Paris as the fashion capital of the world. His dresses are a sensation, and only his shady past and an inconvenient corpse block his way to success. Richard Coyle stars as Paul; with Mamie Gummer as Helen, his rich American wife; Jenna Thiam as Nina, the seamstress who becomes his top model; Frances de la Tour as his devious mother Yvette; and Tom Riley as his debauched brother Claude, the self-destructive genius designer.

 

Part 7 of 7
Nina is torn between Claude, Billy and the baby she gave up for adoption. Charlot’s new business venture hits the rocks. Amid a glittering celebration of high fashion, Inspector Bompard makes a surprise appearance.

 

THE COLLECTION ON MASTERPIECE
Part 6 of 7

 

World War II is over and Paul Sabine is restoring Paris as the fashion capital of the world. His dresses are a sensation, and only his shady past and an inconvenient corpse block his way to success. Richard Coyle stars as Paul; with Mamie Gummer as Helen, his rich American wife; Jenna Thiam as Nina, the seamstress who becomes his top model; Frances de la Tour as his devious mother Yvette; and Tom Riley as his debauched brother Claude, the self-destructive genius designer.

 

Part 6 of 7
While Dominique is in recovery, Charlotte courts Claude for her renegade fashion house. Nina tells Claude the truth. Marianne reluctantly reveals the past.

 

THE COLLECTION ON MASTERPIECE
Part 5 of 7

 

World War II is over and Paul Sabine is restoring Paris as the fashion capital of the world. His dresses are a sensation, and only his shady past and an inconvenient corpse block his way to success. Richard Coyle stars as Paul; with Mamie Gummer as Helen, his rich American wife; Jenna Thiam as Nina, the seamstress who becomes his top model; Frances de la Tour as his devious mother Yvette; and Tom Riley as his debauched brother Claude, the self-destructive genius designer.

 

Part 5 of 7
On a weekend at his partner’s chateau, Paul expels unwelcome guests. Back in Paris, Victor meets Dominique and tragedy ensues.

 

THE COLLECTION ON MASTERPIECE
Part 4 of 7

 

World War II is over and Paul Sabine is restoring Paris as the fashion capital of the world. His dresses are a sensation, and only his shady past and an inconvenient corpse block his way to success. Richard Coyle stars as Paul; with Mamie Gummer as Helen, his rich American wife; Jenna Thiam as Nina, the seamstress who becomes his top model; Frances de la Tour as his devious mother Yvette; and Tom Riley as his debauched brother Claude, the self-destructive genius designer.

 

Part 4 of 7
Inspector Bompard tightens the noose on the Sabines. Paul concocts false evidence. Nina gets closer to her child’s identity. Claude has a new lover. Someone steals Billy’s photos of Nina’s triumph.

 

 

THE COLLECTION ON MASTERPIECE
Part 1 of 7

 

World War II is over and Paul Sabine is restoring Paris as the fashion capital of the world. His dresses are a sensation, and only his shady past and an inconvenient corpse block his way to success. Richard Coyle stars as Paul; with Mamie Gummer as Helen, his rich American wife; Jenna Thiam as Nina, the seamstress who becomes his top model; Frances de la Tour as his devious mother Yvette; and Tom Riley as his debauched brother Claude, the self-destructive genius designer.

 

THE COLLECTION ON MASTERPIECE
Part 2 of 7

THE COLLECTION ON MASTERPIECE: Part 2 of 7

 

The Collection is a story about the price of success, set during a pivotal moment in France’s history.

 

Part 2 of 7
Tormented by demons, Claude goes to dry out in the country, where a terrible secret is unearthed. Paul attempts to bury the past by forcing his mentor to retire. Nina takes control of her life.

 

THE COLLECTION ON MASTERPIECE
Part 3 of 7

 

World War II is over and Paul Sabine is restoring Paris as the fashion capital of the world. His dresses are a sensation, and only his shady past and an inconvenient corpse block his way to success. Richard Coyle stars as Paul; with Mamie Gummer as Helen, his rich American wife; Jenna Thiam as Nina, the seamstress who becomes his top model; Frances de la Tour as his devious mother Yvette; and Tom Riley as his debauched brother Claude, the self-destructive genius designer.

 

Part 3 of 7
Paul presents his make-or-break collection of gowns. A rival tries to sabotage Nina’s starring moment. The body found at Paul’s cottage makes more trouble. Billy and Nina make up.

 

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Julie Andrews hosts a traditional ringing in of the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The program features Strauss Family waltzes and a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks.

 

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