WUCF TV, Central Florida’s PBS station, will celebrate the Summer of Space beginning on June 1, 2019 with exciting programming including American Experience “Chasing the Moon” and WUCF’s own “Space Chase USA”, interactive children’s events and thrilling digital content. The Summer of Space is scheduled in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Chasing the Moon, a new six-hour documentary series about the space race, from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond, will premiere Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10, 9-11 p.m. on WUCF.
Space Chase, USA, produced locally by WUCF, explores the extraordinary, transformative events Cocoa Beach residents found themselves engaged in as the exploration of the future and beyond arrived on their sleepy shores. Through resident accounts, archival footage and home movies, the documentary will provide a broader personal connection to an important time in Cocoa Beach’s history. Space Chase, USA will premiere on WUCF on July 11 at 9 p.m.
“WUCF is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in a big way,” said Phil Hoffman, WUCF executive director. “We are honored to serve as Central Florida Storytellers and share personal triumphs about this century-defining achievement, that happened right here in our backyard.”
WUCF is screening previews of both documentaries at multiple locations in June and July.
Also, WUCF is hosting PBS KIDS Time with Ready Jet Go! at several local libraries throughout the summer. Children of all ages are invited to attend to explore Earth Science and Astronomy with fun hands-on STEM activities. Children will also have the chance to meet Jet Propulsion during Ready Jet Go! Day at Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral on June 29. This family-friendly event includes activities themed around science and astronomy based on the PBS KIDS program.
WUCF FM 89.9 Jazz & More will also celebrate with several radio specials related to the Summer of Space. On July 8 and 14, Magazine will feature Apollo-related music and interviews. To commemorate the day of the moon landing, listeners can hear space- and moon-related music all day on July 20.
Other space content from WUCF includes two digital series – Your Space Place, telling the story of the many space-named schools in Brevard County, and Moon Memories, encouraging people to share their memories of when we went to the moon.
For a full schedule of all events happening during WUCF’s Summer of Space visit https://www.wucf.org/space.