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Summer of Space

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Blast off into the Summer of Space! Watch AETN all month long as we bring you a lineup of special space programming that's out of this world!

See AETN's fantastic lineup of space programming below:

  • "American Experience: Chasing the Moon"

    In 1969, humanity paused and looked skyward to witness the impossible. Fifty years later, pause once again. "Chasing The Moon" premieres across three nights, beginning July 8 on AETN.

    Part One: Explore the early days of the space race, the struggle to catch up with the Soviet Union and the enormous stakes in the quest to reach the moon. This episode reveals both the breathtaking failures and successes of the developing U.S. space program.

    Part Two: Discover what it took to beat the Soviet Union to the moon in the space race. In the turbulent and troubled '60s, the U.S. space program faced tragedy with Apollo 1, but made a triumphant comeback with Apollo 8.

    Part Three: Experience the triumph of the first moon landing, witnessed by the largest TV audience in history. But dreams of space dramatically intersect with dreams of democracy, raising questions of national priorities and national identity.
    Tune in July 8-10, at 8 p.m.

  • "NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse"

    Black holes are the most enigmatic and exotic objects in the universe. They're also the most powerful, with gravity so strong it can actually trap light. And they're destructive. Anything that falls into them vanishes…gone forever. 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.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 3, at 8 p.m.

  • "NOVA: Black Hole Universe"

    They are the most enigmatic, mysterious and exotic objects in the universe: black holes. In this 2-hour special, astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin will take viewers on a journey to the frontiers of black hole science.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 3, at 9 p.m.

    artistic rendition of a black hole
  • "Antiques Roadshow: Out of This World"

    Explore the universe of space-themed treasures, including NASA Space Program autographed photos, a 1737 celestial and terrestrial atlas, and a Star Trek treatment, script and letters. Have the values of these stellar finds skyrocketed in the market?
    Tune in Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m.

    older gentlemen looking at space items
  • "American Experience: Space Men"

    Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the U.S. space program. 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.
    Tune in Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m.

  • "NOVA: Back to the Moon"

    Discover why engineers and entrepreneurs alike have their sights set on the Moon once again. Fifty years after humans first set foot on the Moon, new scientific discoveries are fueling excitement for a return to the lunar surface—this time, perhaps, to stay. Join the scientists and engineers working to make life on the Moon a reality.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 10, at 9 p.m.

  • "The Farthest - Voyager in Space"

    Learn how NASA's epic Voyager missions, launched in 1977, revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their dazzling moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.

    Tune in Sunday, July 14, at 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Wednesday, July 31, at 10 p.m.

    artistic rendition of satellite in front of planet saturn
  • "NOVA: Apollo's Daring Mission"

    Apollo astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon. The U.S. space program suffered a bitter setback when Apollo 1 ended in a deadly fire during a pre-launch run-through. In disarray and threatened by the prospect of a Soviet Union victory in the space race, NASA decided upon a radical and risky change of plan.
    Tune in Tuesday, July 16, at 9 p.m.

  • "A Year in Space"

    "A Year in Space" follows astronaut Scott Kelly's 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth, astronaut Mark Kelly.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m.

  • "8 Days: To the Moon and Back"

    Viewers will take a unique journey with the crew of Apollo 11 for their eight-day, three-hour, 18-minute and 35-second mission. The film seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA and news archive, and stunning CGI recreation of the journey and landing to tell this amazing story in a riveting new way.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 17, at 8 p.m.