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Chasing the Moon on PBS

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexp.../chasing-moon/

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https://www.pbs.org/about/blogs/news...-robert-stone/

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PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Announce "Chasing the Moon," New Four-Hour Documentary Series from Academy Award Nominee Robert Stone
— Series on PBS Explores the 10-Year Odyssey to Land a Man on the Moon —

(BOSTON, MA) April 27, 2017 — American Experience today announced Chasing the Moon, a four-hour documentary series about the space race, from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond. Premiering on PBS in 2019 during the 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the series is executive produced by Mark Samels and produced and directed by Robert Stone. Chasing the Moon is Stone’s eighth project for American Experience. Distribution outside the U.S. will be handled by PBS International. Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will publish the book Chasing the Moon, by Stone and writer/researcher Alan Andres, to coincide with the PBS premiere. The book will include and expand on the stories shared in the documentary.

Chasing the Moon thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The four-part 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. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.

“When we think of that breathtaking moment of the 1969 moon landing, we forget what a turbulent time that was,” said Mark Samels, American Experience executive producer. “The country was dealing with huge problems — Vietnam, poverty, race riots — and there was a lot of skepticism about the space program. Chasing the Moon explores the unbelievably complex challenges that NASA was able to overcome. Not a week goes by when someone doesn’t say, ‘Why can’t we do something today as ambitious, as grand as putting a man on the moon?’ It was a century-defining achievement, and our film tells a familiar story in an entirely new way.”

“American Experience continues to create compelling and powerful miniseries that tell the story of our nation and remind us of who we are,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “From ‘The Great War’ to ‘JFK’ to ‘Disney,’ these high-quality programs are embraced by PBS viewers and live on as top-drawer entertainment and a valuable resource for future generations.”

“I’m thrilled to be working again with American Experience and PBS on this project which is so close to my heart,” said Stone. “This film has been gestating in the back of my mind for over 25 years. It is by far the biggest project I’ve ever done.”

Robert Stone is a multi-award-winning, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. Born in England, he grew up in both Europe and America. After graduating with a degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he moved to New York City in 1983 to pursue a career in filmmaking. He gained considerable recognition for his first film, Radio Bikini (1987), which premiered at Sundance, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary and was the first of his seven films to premiere on American Experience. His best-known work includes Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004), which premiered at Sundance and went on to become one of the most highly acclaimed theatrical documentaries of the year. That was followed by the documentary feature Oswald’s Ghost (2007), for which Stone earned a second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Filmmaking. Earth Days premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically to wide critical acclaim. His most recent film, Pandora’s Promise, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, won the prestigious Green Award at the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, and was broadcast on CNN in 2013. In addition to Radio Bikini, Guerrilla, Oswald’s Ghost and Earth Days, Stone also produced The Satellite Sky, Civilian Conservation Corps and Cold War Roadshow for American Experience.

As executive producer of PBS’ flagship history series, Mark Samels conceives, commissions and oversees all American Experience films. Samels has overseen more than 130 films, expanding both the breadth of subjects and the filmmaking style embraced by the series, allowing for more contemporary topics and more witness-driven storytelling. Beginning his career as an independent documentary filmmaker, he held production executive positions at public television stations in West Virginia and Pennsylvania before joining WGBH. Samels is a founding member of the International Documentary Association and has served as a governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Samels holds honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Emerson College and Elizabethtown College.

About American Experience
For more than 28 years, American Experience has been television’s most-watched history series. The series has been hailed as “peerless” (The Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune) and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam. Visit pbs.org/americanexperience and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to learn more.

Exclusive corporate funding for American Experience provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

About PBS
PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

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For further information and photos visit http://www.pbs.org/pressroom.
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This one looks like a winner

https://www.pbs.org/video/chasing-pb...-chasing-moon/

Set to debut around 7/8/2019, 3 part 6 hour tour de force on the US Apollo program.

Lots of newly discovered and/or restored 16mm, 35mm and video footage, including some 35mm reels donated by Frank Boorman a couple years ago to the producer, sitting in Boorman's closet all these years!

Nicely done resoration with noise reduction, frame rate corrections and motion stabilization of a lot of classic footage.
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THey don't make dudes like this anymore-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Borman

now a Cattle Rancher in Montana

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Fly around the moon first time for humans leaving Earth orbit then sling cattle in tough Montana at 90+

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Been watching last 2 days- well done with Glass-esque music and lots of unseen footage, cleaned up footage and hours of newvoiceovers from Borman and Poppy.

Borman on igniting the Apollo 8 3rd stage for TLI- "we took off like scalded dogs!", first humans to reach escape velocity of ~25K MPH! Setting new human speed record.

Also wasn't aware of Borman's illness on the Apollo 8 flight- diareah and vomit floating about the Command Module capsule- new meaning to "doodoo in the capsool!"
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Thanks for the heads up on this mini-series (3 episodes) guys... looks like a "must watch" for the space race generation!

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The Space Men doc before it last night was excellent- coverd high altitude balloon records/research in the 1930's through Kittingers 100K+ ft jump

Cool to see Joe K on screen so much. That generation was TOUGH
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Remember- Apollo 8 had no backup engine to get back like Apollo 13 and the LEM lifeboat. First time. Do or die. Those were the days.
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Also wasn't aware all three Apollo 1 astronauts were found on top of each other in the burned out capsule, all three trying to open the hatch. Always new bits to learn.

So they didn't just quickly asphixiate- a lot of time to feel the terror and heat/burning.

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Remember- Apollo 8 had no backup engine to get back like Apollo 13 and the LEM lifeboat. First time. Do or die. Those were the days.
The LEM ascent engines were no sure thing either.
Due to the extremely corrosive nature of the two chemicals used as hypergolic fuel (A hypergolic propellant combination used in a rocket engine is one whose components spontaneously ignite when they come into contact with each other) in the LEM... it's engines were never tested before use. The first time they were fired was on ascent from the moon. All built by the lowest bidder

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...and Borman vowing to not take a crap for the Apollo 8 mission- and he didn't (voluntarily ) for ~6 days!

(doable assuming he fasted/liquid diet for days before the launch, plus take a few Imodium )

He said he could barely hold it when they landed on the carrier after splashdown- you could see it on his face

All to avoid having to use the "crappy" waste collection contraption.

EDIT- just looked it up, Imodium wasn't available to the public until the late 70's

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PBS - "Summer of Space"! Fantastic!
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NOVA on return to moon and a station there tonight, and ads for the Apollo 11 mission recreation on 7/17 look cool.
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All to avoid having to use the "crappy" "waste collection" contraption
It could be said he didn't give a s---.
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My guide didn't tell me that it was three parts, but I went ahead and recorded Mon and Tue.

Space Men was great. I never knew about them.

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While Chasing the Moon was an excellent production, they lost a boat-load of Brownie points when they blew up a cropped 4:3 material into 16:9 material. I do not know if they were afraid of backlash from viewers because of pillar bars. But guess what... they are getting backlash from me by not leaving the 4:3 material as is and having pillar bars.

NOVA gets a boat-load of Brownie points for leaving the 4:3 material alone and adding pillar bars to the latest episode... Back to the Moon. They did it right. Robert Stone needs to read the page in the playbook about how to do archival footage correctly.

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It could be said he didn't give a s---.
By Borman's own words, he was certainly full of sh-- after they landed
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The LEM ascent engines were no sure thing either.
Due to the extremely corrosive nature of the two chemicals used as hypergolic fuel (A hypergolic propellant combination used in a rocket engine is one whose components spontaneously ignite when they come into contact with each other) in the LEM... it's engines were never tested before use. The first time they were fired was on ascent from the moon. All built by the lowest bidder
For those interested in further reading on hypergolics (and non-hypergolic propellants too), John D Clark's outstanding book "Ignition" has been back in print for a while (so it can be found at sane prices, unlike a few years go). Even if for those not into rocket fuels, I think many would still find it be a fun read!
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For those interested in further reading on hypergolics (and non-hypergolic propellants too), John D Clark's outstanding book "Ignition" has been back in print for a while (so it can be found at sane prices, unlike a few years go). Even if for those not into rocket fuels, I think many would still find it be a fun read!
It can be read online here:

https://archive.org/details/ignition_201612

The LEM engines were extensively tested in previous missions and on the test stand.

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