Summer of Space

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As we near the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, enjoy a celestial programming spectacle sure to excite any space enthusiast! PBS and Wisconsin Public Television bring you a multiplatform experience of new science and history broadcasts, online exclusives and our stellar catalog of streaming video.

Highlights

American Experience : Chasing the Moon, Part 3

American Experience

Chasing the Moon, Part 3

Watch Part 3 of 'Chasing the Moon,' a film that reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation.

University Place : Marigolds on Mars: Turning Space Green

University Place

Marigolds on Mars: Turning Space Green

Simon Gilroy discusses growing plants in space using soil from the moon and planets.

Stellar : The Mysterious Quasar at the Beginning of the Universe

Stellar

The Mysterious Quasar at the Beginning of the Universe

Visit the Gemini North telescope and see just how they found this ancient Quasar.

Secrets of the Dead : Galileo's Moon

Secrets of the Dead

Galileo's Moon

Join experts as they examine an alleged proof copy of Galileo’s revolutionary 'Sidereus Nuncius.'

American Experience : Space Men

American Experience

Space Men

The United States Air Force brought men up 19 miles, testing the limits of human endurance.

PBS Space Time : The Real Science of the EHT Black Hole

PBS Space Time

The Real Science of the EHT Black Hole

How do you take a picture of a black hole and what can we learn from it?

Wisconsin Life : Planetarium Builder

Wisconsin Life

Planetarium Builder

Learn how Frank Kovac's passion for the stars drove him to build his own planetarium.

LOCAL EVENTS & PARTNER RESOURCES

July 14 — July 20

Space Place

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Washburn Observatory in Madison will be open for free public observing, weather permitting.

Friday, July 19

Universe in the Park: Potawatomi

Moon gaze with UW-Madison Department of Astronomy scientists for “Universe in the Park” at Potawatomi State Park just after sunset.

NISE Network

Apollo 50 Educational Resources

Explore an extensive set of educational resources to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Saturday, July 20

Universe in the Park: Governor Dodge

Moon gaze with scientists from the UW-Madison Department of Astronomy for “Universe in the Park” at Governor Dodge State Park just after sunset.

Saturday, July 20

Universe in the Park: Peninsula

Moon gaze with UW-Madison Department of Astronomy scientists for “Universe in the Park” at Peninsula State Park just after sunset.

WORT FM Community Radio

Radio Astronomy

Enjoy a down-to-Earth dialogue between UW Madison astronomers exploring the latest in space and astronomy news.

Friday, July 26

Universe in the Park: Copper Falls

Moon gaze with scientists from the UW-Madison Department of Astronomy for “Universe in the Park” at Copper Falls State Park just after sunset.

NASA Space Pics

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Women in Space

MAKERS: WOMEN IN SPACE

Mae Jemison

Astronaut Mae Jemison on reaching her goal of space travel and being the first African American woman in space.

BLANK ON BLANK

Sally Ride

On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. In this animated interview, Ride spoke with Gloria Steinem in 1983.

PBS NEWSHOUR

Barbara Morgan

The story of Barbara Morgan, the first teacher in space.

1986 CHALLENGER DISASTER

Christa McAuliffe

Teacher Christa McAuliffe died on board of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

PBS NewsHour : Dr. Jedidah Isler on bringing more women of color into STEM

PBS NewsHour

Dr. Jedidah Isler on bringing more women of color into STEM

Dr. Jedidah Isler on bringing more women of color into STEM.

PBS NewsHour : ‘Hidden Figures’ brings NASA’s black pioneers to light

PBS NewsHour

‘Hidden Figures’ brings NASA’s black pioneers to light

“Hidden Figures” is about reaching for the stars while fighting racial and gender barriers.

PBS NewsHour : The unsung women heroes of America’s space program

PBS NewsHour

The unsung women heroes of America’s space program

Nathalia Holt talked with Jeffrey Brown at the Los Angeles Book Festival.

PBS NewsHour : Sally Ride, 61, Left Major Imprint on Space Program

PBS NewsHour

Sally Ride, 61, Left Major Imprint on Space Program

Sally Ride, 61, Left Major Imprint on Space Program, Inspired Young Scientists

New in July

American Experience : Preview: Chasing the Moon

American Experience

Preview: Chasing the Moon

Go behind the scenes with the production team to get a sneak peek of Chasing the Moon, premiering July 8.

Secrets of the Dead : Preview: Galileo's Moon

Secrets of the Dead

Preview: Galileo's Moon

On July 2, join experts as they examine an alleged proof copy of Galileo’s 'Sidereus Nuncius.'

Antiques Roadshow : Preview: Out of This World

Antiques Roadshow

Preview: Out of This World

On July 8 Antiques Roadshow brings a stellar hour of objects connected to space exploration.

American Experience : Preview: Space Men

American Experience

Preview: Space Men

Before man could step on the moon, we had to take a giant leap. Learn more on July 9.

NOVA : Preview: Back to the Moon

NOVA

Preview: Back to the Moon

On July 10 discover why scientists and entrepreneurs alike have their sights set on the Moon again.

Ancient Skies : Preview: Ancient Skies

Ancient Skies

Preview: Ancient Skies

Discover how centuries of knowledge helped us understand the mysteries of space. July 24 and 31.

HOMO SPATIUS

Preview: Homo Spatius

Homo Spatius offers unique insights into the physical and psychological effects of space travel. Coming July 28.

NOVA : Preview: Black Hole Apocalypse

NOVA

Preview: Black Hole Apocalypse

On July 3 take a mind-blowing voyage to the most powerful and mysterious objects in the universe.

WISCONTEXT

WisCONTEXT

UW’s Burnham Telescope

Discovering double stars and debunking the planet ‘Vulcan’

WisCONTEXT

Satellites and Croplands

Gaining a satellite’s-eye view of where food is grown?

WisCONTEXT

Tracking Climate Change

Tracking climate change’s impact on Wisconsin with satellites

WisCONTEXT

Tracking Research

Fierce hurricane season hones tracking research

WisCONTEXT

Frequent Flooding

Helping communities prepare as flooding becomes more frequent

WisCONTEXT

Space Junk

What does Manitowoc have to do with the planet’s growing space junk problem?

University Place - UW Space Place

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PBS Digital Studios

Hot Mess : Could Space Mirrors Cool The Globe?

Hot Mess

Could Space Mirrors Cool The Globe?

What if we could reflect some of the sun’s energy with space mirrors!?

BrainCraft : Gravity in Your Brain ft. Neil deGrasse Tyson!

BrainCraft

Gravity in Your Brain ft. Neil deGrasse Tyson!

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman chat about bout what it would be like for our brain and body in space.

It's Okay to Be Smart : The Physics of Space Battles

It's Okay to Be Smart

The Physics of Space Battles

How scientifically accurate is your favorite sci-fi space battle?

It's Lit! : Why Sci Fi is a Mirror on Society

It's Lit!

Why Sci Fi is a Mirror on Society

While science fiction is associated with Mars, robots, and cyberpunk, its origin story is shaped throughout several centuries.

It's Okay to Be Smart : So You Want to go to Mars?

It's Okay to Be Smart

So You Want to go to Mars?

Can't wait to get into outer space? Well there's a bit you need to know first...

The Art Assignment : Better Know: The Starry Night

The Art Assignment

Better Know: The Starry Night

Taking a look at Vincent Van Gogh's famed painting The Starry Night.

BrainCraft : Your Brain on Mars ft. Physics Girl!

BrainCraft

Your Brain on Mars ft. Physics Girl!

Join Physics Girl with this look at space isolation, both fictional and real.

It's Okay to Be Smart : Attack of the Cosmic Space Junk!

It's Okay to Be Smart

Attack of the Cosmic Space Junk!

No astronauts were harmed in the making of this video.

NOVA

NOVA : Rise of the Rockets

NOVA

Rise of the Rockets

New technologies are promising a new renaissance in space travel.

NOVA : Pluto and Beyond

NOVA

Pluto and Beyond

The New Horizons spacecraft zooms toward an object 4 billion miles from Earth.

NOVA : Apollo's Daring Mission

NOVA

Apollo's Daring Mission

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

NOVA : NOVA Wonders What's the Universe Made Of?

NOVA

NOVA Wonders What's the Universe Made Of?

Peer into the deep unknowns of the universe to explore its mysteries.

NOVA : NOVA Wonders Are We Alone?

NOVA

NOVA Wonders Are We Alone?

Hunt for clues in the universes to answer one of humanity’s biggest questions.

NOVA : Death Dive to Saturn

NOVA

Death Dive to Saturn

Follow Cassini's final days as it skims the cloud tops before plunging into the planet.

NOVA : First Man on the Moon

NOVA

First Man on the Moon

He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong?

NOVA : At the Edge of Space

NOVA

At the Edge of Space

Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space?

Wisconsin Life

Wisconsin Life : Angela Fitzgerald Explores Milwaukee Astronomical Society

Wisconsin Life

Angela Fitzgerald Explores Milwaukee Astronomical Society

Explore the Milwaukee Astronomical Society's observatory.

Wisconsin Life : Planetarium Builder

Wisconsin Life

Planetarium Builder

Learn how Frank Kovac's passion for the stars drove him to build his own planetarium.

Wisconsin Life : Stars Align

Wisconsin Life

Stars Align

Celestial photographer John Rummel captures images of Madison’s night sky.

WISCONSIN LIFE

Deke Slayton

Deke Slayton was a Wisconsin native and space pioneer.

WISCONSIN LIFE

Winter’s Night Sky

The winter solstice is honored by many traditions as a sacred time. It’s also an occasion to enjoy the wonders of the night sky with winter’s long hours of darkness.

WISCONSIN LIFE

Space Junk

The launch of Sputnik by the Soviets in 1957 ushered in the Space Age and ramped up fears in the midst of the Cold War. Five years later, a chunk of another Sputnik landed in Wisconsin.

WISCONSIN LIFE

Star of Bethlehem

One of the most fabled stars in human history, the Star of Bethlehem, is also one of the biggest mysteries. What was the Star of Bethlehem?

WISCONSIN LIFE

Spring Sky

Spring heralds earlier dawns and later sunsets. The change of season also brings a whole new set of constellations into view.

Space Time

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Crash Course: Astronomy

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