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CHASING THE MOON

Experience the thrilling era of the space race, from its earliest days to the 1969 moon landing. A fascinating mix of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle and personal drama, the series brings the Space Age to vivid life.

President John F. Kennedy (with sunglasses) is briefed by NASA officials at the Saturn rocket at Pad B, Complex 37, Cape Canaveral, Fla. Nov. 16, 1963.

President John F. Kennedy (with sunglasses) is briefed by NASA officials at the Saturn rocket at Pad B, Complex 37, Cape Canaveral, Fla. Nov. 16, 1963.

Credit: Courtesy: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, Nov. 16, 1963

Ed White, the first American to walk in space, on Gemini 4 mission. June 1965.

Ed White, the first American to walk in space, on Gemini 4 mission. June 1965.

Credit: Courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, June 1965

Apollo 8 crew members paused before the mission simulator during training for the first manned lunar orbit mission. Frank Borman, Commander (center); James Lovell, Command Module Pilot (right); and William Anders, Lunar Module Pilot (left). Dec. 17, 1968.

Apollo 8 crew members paused before the mission simulator during training for the first manned lunar orbit mission. Frank Borman, Commander (center); James Lovell, Command Module Pilot (right); and William Anders, Lunar Module Pilot (left). Dec. 17, 1968.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA

The Apollo 8 crew stands in the doorway of a recovery helicopter after arriving aboard the carrier USS Yorktown, prime recovery ship for the historic Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission. Left to right, are astronauts Frank Borman, James A. Lovell Jr., and William A. Anders. Dec. 27, 1968.

The Apollo 8 crew stands in the doorway of a recovery helicopter after arriving aboard the carrier USS Yorktown, prime recovery ship for the historic Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission. Left to right, are astronauts Frank Borman, James A. Lovell Jr., and William A. Anders. Dec. 27, 1968.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA

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. Photo taken in 1968.

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. Photo taken in 1968.

Credit: Courtesy of ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo

The crewmen of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission leave the Kennedy Space Center’s Manned Spacecraft Operations Building during the prelaunch countdown. Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot, ride the special transport van over to Launch Complex 39A where their spacecraft awaited them. July 16, 1969.

The crewmen of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission leave the Kennedy Space Center’s Manned Spacecraft Operations Building during the prelaunch countdown. Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot, ride the special transport van over to Launch Complex 39A where their spacecraft awaited them. July 16, 1969.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA

NASA officials (left to right) Charles W. Mathews; Dr. Wernher von Braun, Director, Marshall Space Flight Center; Dr. George E. Mueller, Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight; and Air Force Lt. General Samuel C. Phillips, Apollo Program Director celebrate the successful launch of Apollo 11 in the control room at the Kennedy Space Center. July 16, 1969.

NASA officials (left to right) Charles W. Mathews; Dr. Wernher von Braun, Director, Marshall Space Flight Center; Dr. George E. Mueller, Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight; and Air Force Lt. General Samuel C. Phillips, Apollo Program Director celebrate the successful launch of Apollo 11 in the control room at the Kennedy Space Center. July 16, 1969.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson (left center) and Vice President Spiro Agnew (right center) view the liftoff of Apollo 11.  July 16, 1969.

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson (left center) and Vice President Spiro Agnew (right center) view the liftoff of Apollo 11. July 16, 1969.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA, July 16, 1969

Left to right, Neil Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. 1969.

Left to right, Neil Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. 1969.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA, 1969

Apollo 11 astronauts, left to right, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., share jokes with well-wishers on the other side of the window of their Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the USS Hornet. July 24, 1969.

Apollo 11 astronauts, left to right, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., share jokes with well-wishers on the other side of the window of their Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the USS Hornet. July 24, 1969.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA

A group of NASA and Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) officials join with the flight controllers to celebrate the successful conclusion of Apollo 11. July 24, 1969.

A group of NASA and Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) officials join with the flight controllers to celebrate the successful conclusion of Apollo 11. July 24, 1969.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA, July 24, 1969

The Apollo 11 crewmen, still under a 21-day quarantine, are greeted by their wives. Looking through the window of a Mobile Quarantine Facility are (left to right) astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins. The wives are (left to right) Mrs. Pat Collins, Mrs. Jan Armstrong, and Mrs. Joan Aldrin. July 27, 1969.

The Apollo 11 crewmen, still under a 21-day quarantine, are greeted by their wives. Looking through the window of a Mobile Quarantine Facility are (left to right) astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins. The wives are (left to right) Mrs. Pat Collins, Mrs. Jan Armstrong, and Mrs. Joan Aldrin. July 27, 1969.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA

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