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PBS' Chasing the Moon Series Launches at GSSM

May 16, 2019

South Carolina ETV to host five “Chasing the Moon” screenings across the state

GSSM will host the first of five statewide screenings of Chasing the Moon, a three part series by Robert Stone that follows the U.S. space program from its humble beginnings through NASA's triumphant 1969 lunar landing. The full series will run over three evenings on SCETV this summer, starting on July 8th.

The event, which is open to the public, takes play on Monday, May 20th and is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Gerald R. Malloy Student Activity Center. In addition to the screening, this event will include a discussion with Francis Marion University Professor of Astronomy Dr. Jeannette Myers.

Here is SCETV's full press release:

Events taking place in May, June and July; six-hour documentary series to air July 8-10

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) today announced a series of five screener events taking place across the state in conjunction with “Chasing the Moon” – a new, six-hour documentary film premiering Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10 on SCETV.

Part of PBS’ “American Experience” series, Roger Stone’s “Chasing the Moon” traces the space race from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond. Scheduled in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, “Chasing the Moon” will air in three, two-hour increments and will be accompanied by a multi-platform engagement campaign.

As part of that engagement campaign, SCETV and the ETV Endowment will be hosting five screener events across the state. Select events will include participation from renowned astronauts Charles Bolden and Charles Duke.

  • Monday, May 20 at the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, S.C.
    Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the event, which is open to the public is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Gerald R. Malloy Student Activity Center. In addition to the screening, this event will include a discussion with Francis Marion University Professor of Astronomy Dr. Jeannette Myers.
     
  • Saturday, June 1 at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
    From noon – 4 p.m., a “Chasing the Moon Family Afternoon” will take place aboard the USS Yorktown, the recovery ship of the Apollo 8 space capsule. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration S.C. Space Grant Consortium will provide family activities, and a screening of “Chasing the Moon” will be shown throughout the day. The event is open to all museum patrons.
     
  • A screening event will take place in June in Aiken, S.C. The exact date and details will be announced in the days ahead.
     
  • Tuesday, July 16 at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill, S.C.
    Several screeners will be presented throughout the day. At 3 p.m., at an event open to all museum patrons, a screener will take place and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Charles Bolden, Dr. Andrew Aldrin, son of “Buzz” Aldrin, and Dr. Kathryn Thornton, a four-time shuttle astronaut.
     
  • Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26 at the S.C. State Museum in Columbia, S.C.
    On Thursday at 6:30 p.m., ETV Endowment members and members of the S.C. State Museum will participate in a screener and discussion with Charles Duke. On the following morning, SCETV’s Education team is partnering with TRIO and the Girl Scouts of South Carolina to host a similar event for students. Both events are closed to the public.

In addition to the airing of “Chasing the Moon” July 8-10, SCETV will also provide supplemental coverage on its radio, digital and other broadcast platforms. Full details will be announced in the weeks ahead.

For more on information on Roger Stone’s “Chasing the Moon,” visit to.pbs.org/2Yo1O8N.

 

Pictured above: PBS Chasing the Moon airs on SCETV July 8-10.

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