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PREVIEW CLIP FROM CHASING THE MOON & HEAR FROM DR. K. RENEE HORTON

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WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media

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YOU’RE INVITED!

JOIN WYES FOR A PREVIEW OF THE NEW THREE-PART SERIES CHASING THE MOON, TITLED "SAVING 1968," & HEAR FROM SPECIAL GUEST DR. K. RENEE HORTON

Saturday, June 29, 1pm
WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Education Media
916 Navarre Avenue, New Orleans

FREE EVENT | LIGHT SNACKS PROVIDED | MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND

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ABOUT DR. K. RENEE HORTON:

Dr. K Renee Horton is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and works diligently in the community for STEM education and STEM outreach. In her day job, she serves as the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Quality Engineer at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans. She is the only African American on staff for NASA at MAF and the only female engineer on staff. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a graduate of Louisiana State University and with a Ph.D. in Material Science with a concentration in Physics from the University of Alabama, as the first African American to receive this degree.


Renee believes in changing the face of STEM. She is the founder of Unapologetically Being, Inc., a nonprofit for advocacy and mentoring in STEM. Renee was named 2019 Louisianian of the year featured in the Louisiana Life magazine. She is honored in a group of nine individuals who stand out in their professions, give back and represent what is best about Louisiana. She works diligently in the community to foster interest in the STEM fields with local organizations including the Children’s Hands on Museum and the local libraries. She volunteers with STEM Nola when available and speaks throughout the city and state motivating our youth to pursue STEM fields. She is the author of a children’s book series, Dr. H Explores the Universe and other Dr. H titles.


DESCRIPTION OF 50-MINUTE CLIP TITLED "SAVING 1968":

People working in the space program “missed the 60s” and the social turmoil that was ravaging the country at the time. After the tragic Apollo 1 fire, confidence in NASA is shaken. More than ever, NASA needs the first unmanned Saturn V rocket launch to succeed and prove to the country that the space program is still worth supporting. Intelligence reports that the Soviets are also making major attempts to get to the moon first accelerates the schedule for the Apollo 8 mission.

Poppy Northcutt, the first woman in an operational role in mission control, gets a lot of attention from press. The 25-year-old mathematics whiz proves herself in the all-male environment and uses her position to promote the idea that women are capable of technical scientific work.

On December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 launches. NASA, the astronauts’ families, and rest of the nation follow the Christmas mission that successfully circumnavigates the Moon, and as one American fan writes to astronaut Frank Borman afterwards, “saves 1968.”


PBS ANNOUNCES SUMMER OF SPACE LINEUP:

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BEGINNING JULY 8TH ON WYES-TV/CHANNEL 12...

PBS brings viewers the universe with SUMMER OF SPACE, a multiplatform experience that includes six new science and history programs, all commemorating America’s journey into space. The celebration officially kicks off July 8 with a new space-themed ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Out of This World” and the epic three-part special “Chasing the Moon” from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, charting the worldwide race to space during the 1950s and ‘60s. NOVA special “Back to the Moon” (July 10) explores how new scientific discoveries are fueling excitement for a return to the lunar surface, and its five-part series “The Planets” (July 24) brings to life the dramatic story of our solar system—from Saturn’s 45,000-mile-wide rings, to Mars’s ancient waterfalls, to the raging winds of Neptune, and more. 8 DAYS: TO THE MOON AND BACK (July 17) tells the story of Apollo 11 with rare mission audio and CGI recreation of the crew experience, and in the three-part ANCIENT SKIES (July 24), audiences will discover the centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering that helped our ancestors explore outer space. Immersive and interactive space content will also stream concurrently on PBS.org, OTT and PBS apps.


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