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College, Organizations to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing
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College, Organizations to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Aiken Technical College (ATC), the ETV Endowment of South Carolina (ETV Endowment), and South Carolina ETV (SCETV) will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a sneak peek preview of Chasing the Moon, a documentary about the efforts and events leading to the historic moon landing in 1969.

The event will be held Tuesday, June 18 in the ATC amphitheater (700 building) with a reception starting at 6 p.m. and the screening starting at 6:30 p.m. A guided discussion and question-and-and-answer segment will follow.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited space. To register, visit https://chasing-the-moon-aiken.eventbrite.com.

The  Chasing the Moon documentary was created by Academy Award nominee Robert Stone for American Experience, a history series on PBS. The complete film will premiere as a three-part series July 8-10 at 9 p.m. on PBS with an encore broadcast on July 16, 23, and 30 at 9 p.m. PBS will also have a marathon broadcast on Saturday, July 20 from 3-9 p.m.

The documentary tells the story of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the factors that drove the United States space race through interviews and previously lost or unnoticed footage.

“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, civil rights — 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.”

Major funding for American Experience provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, Consumer Cellular and by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for “Chasing the Moon” provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional funding for “Chasing the Moon” provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations: Strengthening America’s Future through Education. Additional funding for American Experience provided by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, the Documentary Investment Group: Ira and Diana Riklis and public television viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

ATC, ETV Endowment and SCETV will also host an Afternoon on the Moon, a special children’s event on June 18 at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the historic moment. The event will include a special screening of PBS Kids Ready Jet Go! followed by interactive activities with NASA’s South Carolina Space Grant Consortium and SCETV Education.

The event will be held in the ATC amphitheater (700 building). It is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited space. To register, visit https://afternoon-on-the-moon.eventbrite.com.

Ready Jet Go! Special Episode Synopsis: Jet and the gang have a fun night planned with a sleepover in Jet’s backyard, mini-golf, and star-gazing—after all, it’s the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! When Jet reveals that he’s built a brand new super saucer that can take all the kids (and Sunspot) to the Moon, they have to test it out. After a rough landing, the kids realize that a part of the saucer is broken. With Celery and Carrot’s permission, they decide to have their sleepover on the Moon, but after falling asleep they notice Jet and Sunspot have disappeared! Sydney stays behind to work on the saucer while Sean and Mindy venture out to find their friends.

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