Chasing the Moon


Free Advance Public Screening & Conversation

Get a sneak preview of the latest American Experience film, “Chasing the Moon” and meet real-life astronaut, Cady Coleman.

“CHASING THE MOON” with Astronaut Cady Coleman
Sunday, June 30, 4-6 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
212 Edwards St., Springfield, MA

WGBY, the Springfield Science Museum, and the Springfield Public Forum are partnering to present a 45-minute abridged version of American Experience’s three-part, six-hour film, “Chasing the Moon.”

The afternoon will begin at 4 p.m. with an informal reception. Then, United States Air Force officer and a retired NASA astronaut Cady Coleman will introduce a specially selected 45-minute clip.

After the film, Coleman will share her own personal stories and take audience questions.

Free to the public. No tickets required.

About the Film, “Chasing the Moon”

This month, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a six-hour/three-part  American Experience documentary covers the space race from its earliest beginnings to the monumental achievement of the first lunar landing in 1969 and beyond.

Chasing the Moon” thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation and PR savvy, political calculation and media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. With no narration and using only archival footage — including a visual feast of previously lost or overlooked material — the film features new interviews with a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events.

“When we think of that breathtaking moment of the 1969 moon landing, we forget what a turbulent time that was,” explains American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels. “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.”

The full “CHASING THE MOON” documentary will air on WGBY Monday-Wednesday, July 8–10 at 9 P.M.