Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Programming - STARGAZING and FLY ME TO THE MOON

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Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Programming - Stargazing and Fly Me to the Moon

Stargazing: Moon and Beyond

Tuesday, July 16 at 8:00pm (AEST)

Stargazing returns for a very special edition on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing mission. Professor Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro are back with a lively fun-packed hour of television. Apollo astronaut Charlie Duke will share with Brian what it was like being part of the space missions; we’ll have a sneak preview of the new generation of spacecraft, and “Space Gandalf” Greg Quicke will explain how the Moon really shapes life on earth. You can also find out if you have the right stuff to be one of the next generation of space travellers.

Relive the excitement and spirit of optimism of the Moon landings; celebrating Australia's vital role in the mission and discovering the future of space exploration with Mars as the destination.

Alongside the Stargazing special, ABC Science and ABC NEWS will publish a digital “Pocket Guide to the Moon” narrated by astronomer Fred Watson. Discover every detail about the expedition and immerse yourself in an audio and visual guided tour of the Moon. You can also relive the drama and become part of that first epic journey as Facebook Messenger delivers “real time” messages from the Apollo 11 mission which will also be broadcast across ABC Radio.


Fly Me to the Moon

Tuesday, July 16 at 9:00pm (AEST)

Written and Presented by John Barron, Fly Me to the Moon will feature interviews with prominent Australians, including Bert Newton, Magda Szubanski, Normie Rowe and Wendy Harmer, as they reflect on the triumph of human achievement that was the first moon landing.

Fifty years on from that significant day, the program will examine the role played by scientists down under as they helped with the landing and broadcast of those first steps.

For the first time Australia’s only three astronauts, Dr Philip Chapman, Dr Paul Scully-Power, and Dr Andy Thomas, will share their stories of how those steps inspired a lifelong love of science and space exploration.

Tapping into the treasure trove of ABC TV and radio archives, the documentary will broadcast footage not seen since that momentous day and document the aftermath as the famed Apollo 11 astronauts made their way around our nation on a victory tour.

The documentary will examine the legacy of the space exploration, and the impact it had on Australian culture in the fifty years since.