To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, this new series with PBS, American Experience explores the original marketing of U.S. space exploration, why we remain fascinated with the moon, and what future laws regarding the moon may entail.

How the Cold War Arms Race Fueled a Sprint to the Moon

To launch its lunar landing project, NASA had to find ways to convince the American public that the costly, audacious pursuit was essential. One lasting result: Tang breakfast drink.

Space Law: The Next Generation

An international treaty laid out the basics of space law in 1967. But without a lot of case history to go on, lawyers today have looked to maritime law and Arctic exploration as they lay the groundwork for how space will be governed.

The Moon’s Lasting Pull

Our moon has winked from the heavens as a symbol and anchor, reminding us not only the cycle of life, but also of danger and death. Scientists have brought the moon into sharper focus, and astronauts have left the first footprints there. But will we ever be able to explain its lasting, mesmerizing power of attraction?