Summer of Space

WQED and PBS Bring You the Universe All Summer Long 

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American Experience: Chasing the Moon

Experience the thrilling era of the space race, from its earliest days to the 1969 moon landing.

NOVA: Back to the Moon

Discover why scientists and entrepreneurs alike have their sights set on the Moon again.

Secrets of the Dead: Galileo's Moon

Join experts as they uncover the truth behind the find of the century: an alleged proof copy of Galileo’s “Sidereus Nuncius,” which changed our understanding of the cosmos.

Antiques Roadshow: Out of this World

Discover space-themed treasures, including NASA memorabilia, SciFi finds and more!

PBS Digital Studios: Stellar

Stellar is a miniseries that explores frontiers in space science and exploration featuring PBS Digital Studios’ most popular creators. The six episode miniseries is a cosmic road trip with our hosts visiting some of the most important astronomy research labs across America.

A Year in Space

Follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing.

NOVA: Apollo's Daring Mission

Apollo astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of how the first mission to the moon, Apollo 8, pioneered groundbreaking technologies that would pave the way to land a man on the moon and win the space race.

NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse

Black holes are the most enigmatic and exotic objects in the universe. But now, astrophysicists are realizing that black holes may be essential to understanding how our universe unfolded—possibly leading to life on Earth and us.

PBS Digital Studios: Space Time

PBS Space Time explores the outer reaches of space, the craziness of astrophysics, the possibilities of sci-fi, and anything else you can think of beyond Planet Earth. Host Matt O'Dowd breaks down the both the basic and incredibly complex sides of space and time.

The Farthest: Voyager in Space

NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of our neighboring planets. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.

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American Experience: Space Men

Before the days of NASA, scientists and researchers at the U.S. Air Force were testing the limits of how high man could fly. Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and human ingenuity in this lethal realm.

Premiere date: July 9 at 8pm

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends mission audio with new footage, NASA archive and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing.

Premiere date: July 17 at 9pm

Ancient Skies

Discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space. Expert contributors decode astronomical myths and uncover the science behind their origins.

Full Programming

July 16 8:00pm
American Experience
Chasing the Moon (Part 1)

July 16 10:00pm
Apollo's Daring Mission

July 17 8:00pm
A Year in Space

July 17 9:00pm
8 Days: To the Moon and Back

July 23 8:00pm
American Experience
Chasing the Moon (Part 2)

July 23 10:00pm
A Year in Space

July 24 8:00pm
Ancient Skies
Gods and Monsters

July 24 9:00pm
NOVA: The Planets
Inner Worlds

July 24 10:00pm
NOVA: The Planets

July 30
American Experience
Chasing the Moon (Part 3)

July 30 10:00pm
Beyond a Year in Space

July 31 8:00pm
Ancient Skies
Finding the Center

July 31 9:00pm
NOVA: The Planets

August 7 8:00pm
Ancient Skies
Our Place in the Universe

August 7 9:00pm
NOVA: The Planets