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Space Age South Dakota Preview With Brian Gevik


In The Moment ... July 16, 2019 Show 616 Hour 1

50 years ago today a gigantic Saturn 5 carrying the Apollo 11 crew lifted off a launch pad Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Three days later the crew reached the moon and landed and astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon.

SDPB’s Brian Gevik has produced a 30 minute documentary on the topic… looking at the state’s connections to the space age from the beginning up to the present day.

The upcoming SDPB TV documentary “Space Age South Dakota.” The 30 minute show airs this Thursday, July 18, at 8:00pm Central, 7:00 Mountain on SDPB1.

Today on “in the moment” a segment from that documentary. It’s about a couple of history making balloon flights in the Black Hills back in 1934 and 1935, when some say the space age really began.

Credit South Dakota State Historical Society Archives

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.