Skip to main content

Summer of Space

Summer of Space Banner

KPBS brings viewers the universe with SUMMER OF SPACE, a multiplatform experience that includes six new science and history programs, all commemorating America’s journey into space.

Programming Highlights

READY JET GO!: One Small Step

Airs Mon, June 17, 2019 at 7 a.m. & 3 p.m., Tues, June 18 at 2 p.m., Wed, June 19 at 8 a.m., Thurs, June 20 at 4 p.m. and Fri, June 21 at 7 a.m. & 4 p.m. on KPBS TV

In this special, Jet and his Boxwood Terrace friends learn all about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo Space Program as they embark on a sleepover on the moon.

WEEK 1

NOVA: First Man On The Moon

Airs Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, June 30 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV + Friday, June 28 at 11 a.m. & June 30 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

NOVA presents an intimate portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon, through interviews with Armstrong’s family and friends. The film reveals his achievements as a Navy combat veteran and pioneer of high-speed flight. This program is part of the KPBS Summer of Space>>

POV: Bill Nye: Science Guy

Airs Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 10 p.m. on KPBS

Follow Bill Nye, once the host of the popular kids show, as he seeks to change the world through science. He’s shedding the “Science Guy” costume with the goal of creating a more scientifically literate world.

John Glenn: A Life Of Service

Airs Friday, June 28, 2019 at 6 a.m. & Noon on KPBS 2 + Saturday, June 29 at 2 a.m. on KPBS 2

The documentary surveys John Glenn's distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians and NASA colleagues.

WEEK 2

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Galileo's Moon

Airs Tuesday, July 2 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV + Thursday, July 4 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

Join experts as they examine an alleged proof copy of Galileo’s revolutionary “Sidereus Nuncius.”

BREAKTHROUGH: THE IDEAS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: The Telescope

Airs Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 9 p.m. & Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Meet the brilliant minds throughout history, from Galileo to Edwin Hubble, responsible for creating the telescope. Today, their invention allows humanity to reach the furthest limits of seeing – 13 billion light-years out.

NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse / Universe

Airs Wednesday, July 3, 2019 from 9-11 p.m. & Sunday, July 7 from 2-4 p.m. on KPBS TV + July 7 from 9-11 p.m. on KPBS 2

Join astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin on a mind-blowing voyage to the frontiers of black hole science, which is shining new light on the most powerful and mysterious objects in the universe.

Destination Moon (Radio)

Airs Friday, July 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. on KPBS Radio

On this special episode of THE PULSE, we will explore the science that got us to the moon, the politics that push space exploration, and our relationship with the moon.

WEEK 3

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Out Of This World (New!)

Airs Monday, July 8, 2019 at 8 p.m. & Monday, July 22 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV + Wednesday, July 17 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2

Explore the universe of space-themed treasures including NASA Space Program autographed photos; a 1737 celestial and terrestrial atlas; and a "Star Trek" treatment, script, and letters.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Chasing The Moon

Airs Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10, 2019 from 9-11 p.m. & Tuesdays, July 16-30 from 8-10 p.m. & July 20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on KPBS TV

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.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Space Men

Airs Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 8 p.m. & Sunday, July 14 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the U.S. space program.

NOVA: Back To The Moon

Airs Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 8 p.m. & Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sunday, July 14 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the Moon, new scientific discoveries are fueling excitement for a return to the lunar surface — this time, perhaps, to stay.

WITNESS HISTORY: The Race To The Moon (Radio)

Airs Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. on KPBS Radio

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Celebrate this historic milestone with an inspiring new special from the BBC World Service, featuring highlights from its WITNESS HISTORY programs and various presenters.

WEEK 4

NOVA: Apollo's Daring Mission

Airs Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Apollo astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon.

Space Chase USA (New!)

Airs Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV + Monday, July 29 at Noon on KPBS 2

This new one-hour documentary film explores the extraordinary, transformative events Cocoa Beach residents found themselves engaged in during the 1950s and 1960s as the exploration of the future arrived on their sleepy shores.

A Year In Space

Airs Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 8 p.m. & Tuesday, July 23 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sunday, July 21 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2

"A Year In Space" was adapted from TIME’s original digital video series about astronaut Scott Kelly, whose 12-month stay on the International Space Station tested human limits for space travel, and laid the groundwork for a manned mission to Mars.

8 Days: To The Moon And Back

Airs Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, July 21 at 2:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA archive and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing.

Week 5

ANCIENT SKIES (New Series Premiere)

Airs Wednesdays, July 24 - Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. & Sundays, July 28 - Aug. 11 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

Discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space. Expert contributors decode astronomical myths and uncover the science behind their origins.

NOVA: The Planets (New Series Premiere)

Airs Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 9-11 p.m. & Wednesdays, July 31-Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sundays, July 28 from 1-3 p.m. & Aug. 4-18 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

THE PLANETS tells the spectacular story of our solar system — a narrative spanning billions of years — through the eyes of the latest and most daring space missions ever mounted.

POV Shorts: Earthrise

Airs Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

This film tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, it recounts their experiences.

WEEK 6

Beyond A Year In Space

Airs Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 9:30 p.m. & Tuesday, July 30 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

"Beyond A Year In Space" picks up where the first film left off: Scott Kelly’s last day in space and return to Earth. The final installment also introduces viewers to the next generation of astronauts training to leave Earth’s orbit and travel into deep space.

MAKERS: Season 2: Women In Space

Airs Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

It wasn’t until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride’s classmates, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, along with Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station.

The Farthest - Voyager In Space

Airs Wednesday July 31 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Launched in 1977, NASA's epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.

BLUE SKY METROPOLIS (New Series Premiere)

Airs Fridays, Aug. 2-23 at 6 a.m. & Noon, Tuesdays, Aug. 6-27, 2019 at 8 a.m. on KPBS 2 + Tuesdays, Aug. 13 at 9 p.m. & 10 p.m., Aug. 20 and 27 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

This 21st century story looks at the past, present and future of aerospace in Southern California from multiple perspectives including science, culture, politics, race, business, labor, environment and gender.

Week 7

To Catch A Comet

Airs Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

With unique access to the incredibly ambitious and complex Rosetta space mission, we follow the journey of a spacecraft as it attempts to land on a speeding comet.

WEEK 8

NOVA: Pluto And Beyond

Airs Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Join the mission as the New Horizons spacecraft attempts to fly by NASA's most distant target yet. Since it explored Pluto in 2015, New Horizons is zooming toward Ultima Thule, an object four billion miles from Earth.

Thank you to our Summer of Space sponsors:

“Lego

“Geppetto’s

“Fleet