WNET Up Next: “Summer of ’69 – Apollo 11”

July 19, 2019

In its continuing look at Thirteen’s “Summer of ’69” series, WNET Up Next spotlights  the  50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon, which took place on July 20, 1969.

PBS, in its Summer of Space multi- platform effort ,  is airing and streaming dozens of hours of content about the moon landing and America’s space program, whose dramatic highlight was literally  “one small step for a man and one giant leap for mankind.”  Highlights include American Experience’s “Chasing the Moon”,  and “8 Days:  The Journey of Apollo 11”.

WNET’s Senior Director of Community Engagement, Chris Czajka  chats with Tom Stewart about  Thirteen’s special coverage and social media efforts.  They introduce interview segments  from WNET’s Katie Young,  featuring five people from the New York area whose lives were deeply affected by the events of the Summer of ’69.

Mike Massimino, then a boy of seven, watched the moon landing with his family in Franklin Square, N.Y.  and as a  result became a NASA astronaut; he’s   now a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University.  Judy Natkins worked at MIT in the summer of ’69 and recalls the atmosphere of that time.  Dr. Gereceida Jones was 13 that summer and is today a Professor at NYU where she teaches History of the Universe and Science of Technology.  Great Performances’ Executive Producer David Horn grew up in the space program where his father was  NASA engineer.  Television Producer Mike Kostel fell in love with the idea of space travel when John Glenn first orbited the earth in Freedom Seven and began a lifeline fascination with space travel.

The “Summer of ’69” will continue in August with a look  at the Woodstock Music Festival. an event that became a cultural icon.

Summer of ’69 Collection on Thirteen

Recorded at WNET  Audio C – June 18th, 2019

Audio Recording and Mixing:  Josh Broome

Additional Audio Mixing:  Evan Joseph

Editing:   Samantha Lobo

Host/Producer:   Tom Stewart

Executive Producer:  Daena McBride

WNET Up Next is a presentation of the Design and On Air Promotion Department of WNET New York Public Media.

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