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Apollo 11: Is NASA TV For Free?

Q. I am very excited about watching Apollo 11 shows and I hear that NASA TV has some shows on the Moon mission. But I don’t have cable or satellite. Is there anyway to watch NASA TV without it? — Claire, Des Moines, Iowa. 

Claire, I am happy to report that NASA TV, the official broadcasting service of the space agency, is available for free on Roku, Apple TV and the Amazon Fire TV.  If you own one of those streaming devices, or plan to buy one, you can download the NASA TV app and watch it without any subscription or fee.

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NASA TV normally offers a variety of space-related programming, including live streams from the International Space Station. But this week in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the channel is running numerous shows dedicated to the mission that resulted in men first walking on the Moon.

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The Apollo 11 program list today includes:

7 a.m. Apollo 11 50th Anniversary – Moon 101 Series – Episode 3: The Lunar Environment (Public Channel)

8:30 a.m. – National Air and Space Museum Presents: Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 Spacesuit Unveiling (Public Channel)

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8:35 a.m. – Apollo 11 50th Anniversary – Launch Coverage of Apollo 11 Historic Mission to the Moon (Media Channel)

9:15 a.m. – Apollo 11 50th Anniversary: Launch Reflection at Pad 39A with astronaut Michael Collins and Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana (Public Channel)

1 p.m. – Apollo 11 50th Anniversary – Crew Interviews (June 9, 1989) with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins (All Channels)

2 p.m., 9 p.m. – Replay – Apollo 11 50th Anniversary: Launch Reflection at Pad 39A with astronaut Michael Collins and Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana (All Channels)

5 p.m. – Replay – National Air and Space Museum Presents: Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 Spacesuit Unveiling (Public Channel)

6 p.m. – Apollo 11 50th Anniversary – Premiere – In the Shadow of the Moon (All Channels)

The special programming continues through the week, and you can check out the schedule here.

By the way, on July 20, the anniversary of the first Moon walk, NASA TV will present a replay of the CBS live broadcast of the Apollo 11 landing at 4:02 p.m. ET, and the broadcast of the actual walk at 10:38 p.m. ET.

Happy viewing!

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