SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Chasing the Moon, a new six-hour documentary series about the space race, will premiere July 8-10 on PBS. Through a partnership with PBS, the Scotch Plains Public Library will host the screening of a preview clip, followed by a discussion, on Thursday, June 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Chasing the Moon, an American Experience film by Robert Stone, thoroughly reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The three-part series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation and PR savvy, political calculation and media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama.

The film reveals how the drive to land a man on the moon was fueled as much by politics as it was by technology and was a controversial undertaking during a volatile time. The Library preview will bring us back to 1968. In the midst of social upheaval in the US, pressure from the Soviet space program, and the tragedy of Apollo 1, NASA pushes forward in its efforts.

Registration is strongly recommended for this special event, which is part of the Library’s summer reading program, A Universe of Stories. For more information or to register, go to or call 908-322-5007 x204. The Scotch Plains Public Library is located at 1927 Bartle Ave., one block from Park Ave. in the center of town.