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Apollo Wives

Airs Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Group photo of the wives of the Apollo Astronauts including: Clare (Schweikart) Whitfield, Harriet Eisele, Jan Evans, Barbara Gordon, Jane (Conrad) Dreyfus, Janet Armstrong, Martha Chaffee, Lurton Scott, Barbara (Cernan) Butler, Beth Williams.

The names of the Apollo astronauts are well-known, their actions and achievements are well-documented, but what of the women they spent their lives with - the wives forced to stand in the shadow of the moon? This fascinating documentary looks in detail at precisely what it meant to be an Apollo wife, what was required of them by their husbands, by NASA and by the media. For the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Moon Landing, ten of them come together for a remarkable meeting of minds. Together, they reminisce about events long ago, and reveal their own personal stories of how the 'space age' brought them together, and tore them apart.

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Apollo Wives On Marriage And Divorce

Above: The former wives of Apollo's astronauts talk frankly about their own experiences of marriage and divorce.