Chasing the Moon: Remembering the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

May 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave.
N.W., Washington
DC 20001
Chasing the Moon: Remembering the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing @ Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater

The Newseum marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a special program featuring an extended preview of the PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film, “Chasing the Moon.”

The film recounts how scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama fueled the Space Age.

“Chasing the Moon” contains previously overlooked and lost archival material — much of which has never before been seen by the public — and profiles a diverse cast of characters including: astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Soviet engineer Sergei Khrushchev; Frances “Poppy” Northcutt, the first woman to serve in NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, an Air Force pilot selected to train as America’s first black astronaut.

A panel discussion follows the screening featuring:

  • “Chasing the Moon” writer, producer and director Robert Stone
  • Joel Banow, journalist and CBS News television director who covered NASA and the Apollo 11 moon landing
  • Susan Bellows, senior producer, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Lisa Desjardins, a correspondent for “PBS NewsHour,” will moderate the conversation.

“Chasing the Moon” premieres Monday, July 8 at 9 p.m. on WETA and PBS stations nationwide.

Generous support for this program was provided by American Experience, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

American Experience Corporation for Public Broadcasting


A VIP reception will be hosted before the program for Friends of the First Amendment Society and Corporate Engagement Program members. To learn how you can attend this VIP function, please contact Cecelia Cizek at 202/292-6557 or

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