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Full moon fever

Nation gears up for Apollo 11 anniversary

Michael Collins, portrayed by Patrick Kennedy, looks at the Moon out of a lunar module window in “8 Days: To the Moon and Back,” a TV special scheduled to air July 17 on PBS. Image: BBC Studios

The Postal Service isn’t the only organization marking the golden anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

USPS will release its 1969: First Moon Landing stamps, honoring humanity’s greatest achievement in space, on Friday, July 19. Throughout the month, there also will be several documentaries and events to commemorate the occasion.

For example, PBS is scheduled to air “Chasing the Moon,” a three-part, six-hour “American Experience” presentation that chronicles the history of the space race, from Monday, July 8-Wednesday, July 10. The documentary will feature footage from the actual events and interviews with people involved with the Apollo 11 mission.

Another PBS broadcast, “8 Days: To the Moon and Back,” slated to air Wednesday, July 17, will feature newly shot studio footage, NASA and news archives and CGI recreations of the journey to the moon.

Meanwhile, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the 1969: First Moon Landing stamp dedication ceremony will be held, is planning several public events.

Space Center Houston will also observe the anniversary, and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, has multiple activities planned, too.

NASA’s site has additional information about other moon landing anniversary activities.

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