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KPBS Presents A Special Evening Celebrating The Summer Of Space - SOLD OUT


  • WHEN Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
  • WHERE Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free


Join KPBS for a screening of “Chasing the Moon,” an exciting new film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, followed by a panel discussion with insider perspective on the history and future of space exploration, and the importance of STEM education.

A dessert reception follows the screening and panel discussion.

Program note: the screening will feature excerpts from two episodes of the series.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: “Chasing the Moon,” a film by Robert Stone and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending 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. 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.


CHARLES F. BOLDEN JR., Major General, US Marine Corps (Ret), 12th NASA Administrator

Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden Jr. was the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from July 2009 until January 2017. Bolden’s 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled into orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others. Today, Bolden serves as the president and CEO of The Bolden Consulting Group LLC.


Francis French is the co-author of four bestselling space history books, including “In The Shadow of the Moon” and “Falling To Earth,” with Apollo astronaut Al Worden. He is also a regular presence on PBS, The Discovery Channel, History Channel and Science Channel, sharing spaceflight and astronomy discoveries with a global public. He is the former Director of Events for Sally Ride Science, working for America’s first woman in space.

KRISTINE KHIEU, researcher and teacher

Kristine Khieu was selected as the 2018 bioengineering student of the year at UC San Diego. She was also one of six students nationwide to receive a prestigious Universities Space Research Association scholarship for her research investigating the effects of a zero-gravity environment on spinal muscles, and for her STEM outreach efforts as president of the Tritons for Sally Ride Science club at UC San Diego. Khieu has also worked as a science teacher for elementary and middle school students teaching topics from video game design to rocket science.

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