|26 March 1998
CONTACT: Karen Rugg, 202-543-1900
(Washington, DC) -- The National Space Society (NSS) announces an exclusive series of live Internet chats featuring Apollo astronauts and the actors who portray them and others in the HBO miniseries, "From the Earth to the Moon," which debuts on Sunday, April 5 from 8 - 10 pm ET/PT. The chats, coordinated by the NSS and hosted by PEOPLE Online and LIFE Online on Yahoo! Chat, take place each Saturday night, April 4 - May 9, from 8 - 9 pm ET (5 - 6 pm PT) at <http://chat.yahoo.com>.
Guests for the April 4 chat include Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13; actor Tim Daly, who plays Lovell; Andrew Chaikin, author of "A Man on the Moon," on which Executive Producer Tom Hanks based the HBO miniseries; and actor Brett Cullen, who plays astronaut Dave Scott (Apollo 15). Guests for later chats include astronaut Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11) and actor Bryan Cranston, actors Lane Smith, Nick Searcy, Stephen Root, Daniel Hugh Kelly, miniseries writer Al Reinert and former Apollo Flight Director Chris Kraft. An updated guest list is at <http://www.nss.org/apollo>.
"Each chat allows the online public to get to know the real people whose stories they will see the next night, as well as the actors who tell those stories," said Pat Dasch, executive director of the NSS. "We're pleased to have had the opportunity to work closely with HBO in developing this project, as well as others including a Viewer's Guide and local viewing parties. For new generations, HBO's miniseries may well be the way they first learn about this incredible time in our past. For all generations, the NSS is the way they can learn about our present and future in space. It's been a great partnership."
In addition to the Internet chat series, NSS members will gather at various locations around the country for viewing parties on April 5. Featuring "space" refreshments, door prizes and a letter-writing campaign to Congress in support of a stabilized NASA budget, the parties are taking place in Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Cambridge, MA; University of Maryland, College Park, MD; Maplewood, NJ; New York City, New York; Portland, OR; Conroe, TX; and Washington, DC.
The NSS also produced over one million copies of an educational Viewer's Guide for the miniseries which are being distributed free of charge at universities and science museums around the country. Funding for the Guide was provided by The Boeing Company. An interactive version of this Guide, which also includes Quicktime VR movies of each Apollo landing site, is available at <http://www.nss.org/apollo>.
The National Space Society, founded in 1974, is an independent, nonprofit space advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Its 23,000 members and 90 chapters around the world actively promote a spacefaring civilization.