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American Experience

Chasing the Moon: Part 3, Magnificent Desolation

"Magnificent Desolation," which covers 1969-1970, 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. The final episode also considers what happens to scientific and engineering programs — and to a country — after ambitious national goals have been achieved.

Thursday, July 18 at 9:00 pm on 12.1

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  • Friday, July 19 at 2:00 am on 12.1
  • Saturday, July 20 at 5:00 pm on 12.1

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As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation.