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Free Screening: Chasing the Moon
June 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Join WTVP for this sneak peek at Chasing the Moon!
Experience the thrilling era of the space race, from its earliest days to the 1969 moon landing. A fascinating mix of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle and personal drama, the series brings the Space Age to vivid life.
Join WTVP for screening of Chasing the Moon
Thursday, June 27th
Peoria Riverfront Musuem
Doors Open at 6:30 PM
Show Starts at 7 PM
Question and Answer session following the screening with Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Renae Kerrigan VP Programs & Planetarium Director
“Chasing the Moon,” a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending 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. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.