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Chasing the Moon

Upcoming Events & Programming

“Chasing the Moon,” a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, up-ending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The 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.

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Space Chase USA

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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.

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Your Space Place

Event Highlights

Columbia Elementary Will Never Forget | Your Space Place

Columbia Elementary School's teachers encourage their students to remember the history of the Columbia shuttle disaster but also teaches them to look to the future for space and STEM advancements. Check out this week's episode of #YourSpacePlace to learn more!

What Gemini Means to Gemini Elementary! | Your Space Place

Gemini has a lot of history to its name and makes sure to connect their STEM programs to the heritage. See how else they are involved with space exploration on this week's #YourSpacePlace.

Atlantis Elementary Dares to Dream! | Your Space Place

Atlantis Elementary School aims to show their students that they can strive to be anything they want...even a National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA engineer! Check out how they are challenging their students on the newest #YourSpacePlace episode.

Freedom 7 Elementary Honors Its History! | Your Space Place

Freedom 7 Elementary has a long history in celebrating space with Alan Shepard and honoring local heroes. See how else they are involved with space exploration on this week's #YourSpacePlace.

To the Moon and Beyond

WUCF's To the Moon and Beyond event with the Orlando Science Center on March 24, 2019. View More

Yuri's Night

Celebrating the first man in space while dancing under Space Shuttle Atlantis. View More

Chasing the Moon & Space Chase USA Documentary Screening and Discussion

Previewing two new documentaries about the race to the moon at the Orange County Library Downtown Orlando branch. View More

Moon Memories

WUCF Specials

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Moon Memories presents inspiring firsthand accounts of the pioneers of space exploration. Watch the full special now.

Ready Jet Go! Day

Families got a chance to meet Jet Propulsion from the show Ready Jet Go! on June 29, 2019 at Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral. View More.

Astronaut Parade & Street Party

Jet Propulsion Astronaut ParadeIt was a great day in Cocoa Beach at the Astronaut Parade & Street Party. Families got to see Jet Propulsion ride in the parade and then participate in some fun space activities. View More.

One Giant Leap Block Party

A great time celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 & the moon landing with the Orange County Library and the Orange County History Center! View More.

Looking at the Moon | Moon Memories

“We’ve been there” – Charlie Murphy, Retired Executive, Rockwell Florida. Hear why retired NASA workers and contractors still think of the good Apollo days when they're looking up at the moon!

We Would've Paid | Moon Memories

Retired NASA employees and contractors share how they didn’t work a day in their lives.

Astronaut Autographs | Moon Memories

Harris Rosen shares his story about his present from the men who walk on the moon.

Partying with Astronauts | Moon Memories

Was #NASA all work and no play? Yeah right! A hotelier and retired space employees talk about what it was like when the astronauts came to party.

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Additional Space Programming

READY JET GO! - One Small Step
Monday, June 17
This new one-hour special featuring astronomy and scientific exploration will take young viewers on far-flung adventures with Jet and his friends as they journey to the moon to learn about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW - Out of this World
Monday, July 8, 8 p.m.
This special episode commemorating Antiques Roadshow's 50th anniversary features stellar appraisals that include NASA memorabilia, space travel treasures, science fiction finds and more.
Space Men from American Experience
Tuesday, July 9, 8 p.m.

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
Wednesday, July 10, 8 p.m.
Join the next generation of engineers who aim to take us “Back to the Moon” as a stepping stone for future human missions to Mars, the Asteroid Belt and beyond.
When We Were Apollo
Monday, July 15, 9 p.m.
When We Were ApolloAn intimate and personal look at the Apollo Space Program through the lives and experiences of some of its most inspiring behind-the-scenes figures: engineers, technicians, builders and contractors who spent the better part of a decade working to get us to the moon and back.
Apollo's Daring Mission
Tuesday, July 16, 10 p.m.

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

A Year in Space
Wednesday, July 17, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23, 10 p.m.

Follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth, astronaut Mark Kelly.

8 Days: The Journey of Apollo 11
Wednesday, July 17, 9 p.m.
Marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Includes previously classified cockpit audio recorded by the astronauts themselves throughout the 8-day mission. With cutting edge technology, this special will recreate visuals for this audio and breathe new life into archive stills.
Ancient Skies
Wednesday, July 24, 8 p.m.
Audiences will discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation, and engineering helped our ancestors explore outer space. Expert contributors and indigenous storytellers demystify astronomical myths with scientific explanations.
NOVA - The Planets
Wednesday, July 24, 9 p.m.
Viewers will get an up-close look at faraway worlds, including the dark side of Pluto, an ancient Martian waterfall and the storm twice the size of Earth seen from high above Saturn, revealing how each of them has affected our own planet.
Beyond a Year in Space
Tuesday, July 30, 10 p.m.

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.

The Farthest: Voyager in Space
Wednesday, July 31, 10 p.m.

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

Pluto and Beyond
Wednesday, August 14, 8 p.m.

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.