celebrate America’s journey into space with these specials

Secrets of the Dead

Galileo’s Moon

Join experts as they uncover the truth behind the find of the century: an alleged proof copy of Galileo’s “Sidereus Nuncius,” which changed our understanding of the cosmos.

Streaming Premiere: July 3
Space Chase USA

Space Chase USA

SPACE CHASE USA explores the extraordinary events that transformed the small beach town of Cocoa Beach, Florida into a bustling center for the American space program.

CPT12 Premiere: July 5 at 9:00 pm
American Experience Space Men

Space Men

Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the U.S. space program.

Streaming Premiere: July 10
Legends of Airpower

Colonel John Glenn

Marine aviator, the first American to orbit the earth, Mercury astronaut, U.S. Senator from Ohio, and Space Shuttle crew member at 77 years old. What else need be said? John Glenn is a true Legend of Airpower.

CPT12 Premiere: July 12 at 9:00 pm
Legends of Airpower

Buzz Aldrin

Everyone knows the name Buzz Aldrin from the historic Apollo 11 landing. But before NASA, this famed astronaut was a Sabre pilot in Korea, and shot down three Mig-15s.

CPT12 Premiere: July 12 at 9:30 pm
Antiques Roadshow

Out of This World

Explore the universe of space-themed treasures, including NASA Space Program autographed photos, a 1737 celestial & terrestrial atlas, and a Star Trek treatment, script and letters.

CPT12 Premiere: July 16 at 7:00 pm
Chasing the Moon

Chasing the Moon, Part 1

Beginning in 1957, this episode reveals breathtaking failures and successes of the nascent American space program and demonstrates the stakes and costs of reaching the moon.

CPT12 Premiere: July 16 at 9:00 pm
NOVA Apollo's Daring Mission

Apollo’s Daring Mission

After Apollo 1 ended in a deadly fire, Apollo 8 changed from an earth-orbit mission into a daring sprint to the moon while relying on untried new technologies. NOVA tells the story.

Streaming Premiere: July 17
Chasing the Moon

Chasing the Moon, Part 2

Covering 1964-1968, this episode focuses on the events surrounding the Apollo 1 and Apollo 8 missions.

CPT12 Premiere: July 17 at 9:00 pm
8 Days To the Moon and Back

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

This program goes inside the Apollo 11 spacecraft in a stunning recreation of the first moon landing.

Streaming Premiere: July 18
John Glenn: A Life of Service

John Glenn: A Life Of Service

This program captures the pivotal events in John Glenn’s life, including his humble beginnings, his 122 combat missions during WWII and the Korean War, his exploits as a Naval test pilot, and his transition to astronaut.

CPT12 Premiere: July 18 at 7:00 pm
Chasing the Moon

Chasing the Moon, Part 3

Covering 1969-1970, this episode takes Americans to the moon and back. Dreams of space dramatically intersect with dreams of democracy on American soil, raising questions of national priorities and national identity.

CPT12 Premiere: July 18 at 9:00 pm
Legends of Airpower

Jim Lovell

Jim Lovell became a household name when an oxygen tank on Apollo 13 exploded on the way to the moon. But it was his never-say-die attitude that helped bring Lovell and his men back to Earth.

CPT12 Premiere: July 19 at 9:00 pm
Legends of Airpower

Eileen Collins

The young woman from Elmira, New York with dreams of flying became the first female instructor pilot, as well as the first space shuttle commander. The STS-93 was fortunate to have her as their leader.

CPT12 Premiere: July 19 at 9:30 pm
A Year in Space

A Year in Space

This program looks at astronaut Scott Kelly’s 12-month mission on the International Space Station, while NASA charted the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth.

Streaming Premiere: July 18
NOVA Impossible Flight

The Impossible Flight

This program follows two intrepid pilots as they take on a great aviation adventure – overcoming countless challenges as they construct and fly the first solar-powered airplane around the world.

CPT12 Premiere: July 19 at 10:00 pm
NOVA Back to the Moon

Back to the Moon

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, new discoveries are fueling excitement for a return to the lunar surface – this time, perhaps, to stay.

CPT12 Premiere: July 21 at 7:00 pm
Ancient Skies

Ancient Skies

Discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space.

Streaming Premiere: July 25
Project Asteroid

Project Asteroid: Mapping Bennu

In 2016, NASA embarked on a new and unique mission: sending the Osiris-REx spacecraft to rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu to study the rocky space object and collect samples. This program documents the construction of one of the critical instruments on board the spacecraft.

CPT12 Premiere: July 26 at 9:00 pm
NOVA Asteroids: Doomsday or Payday

Asteroids: Doomsday or Payday?

In a collision with Earth, asteroids could set off deadly blast waves, raging fires and colossal tidal waves. But some asteroids are loaded with billions of dollars’ worth of elements like iron, nickel, and platinum. Will asteroids turn out to be our economic salvation – or instruments of extinction?

CPT12 Premiere: July 28 at 7:00 pm
Farthest Voyage in Space

The Farthest Voyage in Space

This program looks at how NASA’s epic Voyager missions 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.

Streaming Premiere: August 1
NOVA The Planets

The Planets: Inner Worlds

The rocky planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars – were born of similar material, yet only one supports life. Were Earth’s neighbors always so extreme? Is there somewhere else in the solar system where life might flourish?

CPT12 Premiere: August 4 at 7:00 pm
NOVA The Planets

The Planets: Mars

Mars was once a blue water world studded with active volcanoes. But when its magnetic field and protective atmosphere faded, it became the frozen desert planet we know today. With so many necessary elements in place, did life ever form on Mars?

CPT12 Premiere: August 11 at 7:00 pm