In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the documentary tells story of the Bay Area’s critical role in one of humanity's greatest accomplishments.

SAN JOSE, CA – (July 15, 2019) – NBC Bay Area’s Emmy Award-winning series Bay Area Revelations returns with Exploring Space premiering Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. The one hour documentary will take a look at the future of space travel and the Bay Area's critical role in sending man to the moon. Click here to watch a preview trailer of Exploring Space.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, Exploring Space takes you onboard the USS Hornet, now docked here in Alameda. In 1969, the Hornet was assigned to recover the three astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. The documentary tells the story from the perspective of the sailors that took part in Apollo 11's splashdown, including the rigorous training they underwent and how the crew was forced to change course hours before the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

Exploring Space gives an eye-opening look at the Bay Area’s role in the Apollo 11 mission with enlightening stories from Bay Area people who took part in this amazing feat that unified people around the world,” said Stacy Owen, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area. “The Bay Area has always been a leader in pushing the unknown, with the contributions of NASA Ames research center a key starting point.”

Before Apollo, before Silicon Valley, there was NASA Ames. For 75 years, Ames has led NASA and the country in conducting world-class research and development. Exploring Space takes viewers inside Nasa Ames research center through the stories of one of its oldest employees, 94-year-old Jack Boyd and NASA Ames Center Director Eugene Tu.

Former NASA astronauts Steve Smith, Tammy Jernigan and Jeff Wisoff also share untold stories of their missions. From spacewalking to sleeping in low gravity and all of the challenges of living in space, the astronauts share their most memorable moments. The documentary also features SETI co-founder Jill Tarter, SETI scientist Nathalie Cabrol and historian Bob Fish.

"Bay Area Revelations: Exploring Space" debuts Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. An encore presentation airs Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. For extended interviews and web extras visit

About Bay Area Revelations

The Bay Area Revelations series tells the untold stories of the people, places and moments that have shaped the Bay Area into the unique region it is today. Previous chapters of the series include Dreamers & Disruptors revealing how Silicon Valley became the center of the information age; The Icons telling the stories of the Bay Area’s most iconic moments, monuments and movements; The Artists exploring Bay Area arts, Passion to Preserve telling the environmental story of the Bay Area; Olympians highlighting the Bay Area’s greatest Olympic athletes; Game Changers profiling some of the most powerful and influential women in the Bay Area and The Evolution of Games about the gaming industry in the Bay Area. To watch clips from previous Bay Area Revelations episodes, click here.

About NBC Bay Area / KNTV

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.


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