The Moon: Where to Watch? On PBS!

July 2, 2019

Ed White, the first American to walk in space, on Gemini 4 mission.

Ed White, the first American to walk in space, on Gemini 4 mission.

On July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon, an estimated 650 million people watched his televised image as he took “one giant leap for mankind.” The fulfillment of a pledge made by the late President John F. Kennedy, it was a century-defining moment.

THIRTEEN celebrates the 50th anniversary of the remarkable moon landing milestone with Summer of Space specials that capture the excitement of firsts in space, discoveries and planetary research.

Secrets of the Dead: Galileo’s Moon

Tuesday, July 2, 8 p.m.


The summer line-up blasts off with Secrets of the Dead: Galileo’s Moon, as experts uncover the truth behind the astronomical find of the century. Published in 1610, Sidereus Nuncius (Starry Messenger) sparked a scientific revolution by proving that Earth is not the center of the universe. When an original copy with Galileo’s signature and seemingly original watercolor paintings came on the market in 2005, Sidereus Nuncius caused a worldwide sensation 400 years after its creation — and again in 2012 when it was proved a fake.

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Chasing the Moon

Monday, July 8 – Wednesday, July 10, 9 p.m.


Getting to the heart of the summer of space, this three-part American Experience series captures the thrilling era of the space race from its earliest days to the 1969 moon landing — and the scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, and personal drama behind it. Watch the half-hour preview now.

With no narration and using only archival footage, the series features interviews with astronaut Buzz Aldrin; rocket engineer Sergei Khrushchev; Poppy Northcutt, the 25-year-old math whiz who was the first woman to serve in NASA’s all-male Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.

Antiques Roadshow: Out of This World

Monday, July 8, 8 p.m.


This weekly favorite spotlights NASA memorabilia, space travel treasures, science fiction finds, and other treasures.

NOVA: Back to the Moon

Wednesday, July 10, 8 p.m.


NOVA introduces the next generation of engineers who aim to take us Back to the Moon as a stepping stone for future human missions to Mars and beyond.

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

Wednesday, July 17, 9 p.m.


In this new documentary with declassified cockpit recordings and more, go inside Apollo 11’s historic journey. See more about the film, here.

Ancient Skies

Wednesdays, July 24 – August 7, 8 p.m.

The series Ancient Skies reveals how centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering helped our ancestors explore outer space.

NOVA: The Planets

Wednesday, July 24 9 & 10 p.m.; Wednesday, July 31 – August 14, 9 p.m.


The story of our solar system is told through the discoveries of groundbreaking space missions in this five-part NOVA miniseries. Learn more.


Summer of Space programs will be available to stream following each broadcast via thirteen.org and the THIRTEEN Explore app.

Visit thirteen.org/summer69 for more on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and other historic events that took place in the Summer of 1969.