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ETV’s “Carolina Stories” Presents “Space Heroes” Honoring Three South Carolina Astronauts

Program Premieres on April 19 at 8 p.m., Special Screening on April 11 at 6 p.m. in Lake City, SC

For Immediate Release
April 5, 2012

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Columbia, SC… Charles F. Bolden, Jr., a South Carolina native and current Chief Administrator of NASA would not hold this position today if it wasn’t for a chance meeting with fellow South Carolinian and astronaut, Dr. Ronald E. McNair. The two men met in the military and didn’t know of their common background, but a friendship quickly formed. One day, Bolden told McNair that he would never be selected for the Space Program, to which McNair replied, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. How do you know if you don’t even apply?” As a result of McNair’s push, Bolden submitted his paperwork, was nominated by the Marine Corp and then selected into the second group of Space Shuttle Astronauts.

This is just one of the revealing stories told in the upcoming “Carolina Stories” documentary, “Space Heroes,” which explores the careers of three South Carolina astronauts: Charles M. Duke, Jr., Ronald Erwin McNair and Charles F. Bolden, Jr., whose passion, honor, and perseverance launched them into history books and into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

The program premieres ETV on Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m., just three days after the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 16, which delivered Duke to the Moon’s surface.

A special screening will be held at the Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair Life History Center on Wednesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public, and will include a Q&A with “Space Heroes” producer/director Mark Adams, and others who knew McNair.

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Charles M. Duke, Jr. grew up in Lancaster, SC, and is the only man from South Carolina to walk on the Moon. In 1972 he became the Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 and a few months later he became the 10th of only 12 people to ever walk on the Moon. Duke is also the 1st person to eat grits in space, a special request he made in order to bring a part of Southern tradition with him on his journey.

Ronald Erwin McNair, came from rural poverty in Lake City, SC, but his drive to succeed transformed him into an astronaut of two Challenger Space Shuttle Missions. During his first, in 1984, he became the second African American in space. Tragically, his second mission in 1986 would be his last. McNair was one of the eight astronauts killed in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster that January. This past year on March 21, 2011, in his home town, the Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair Life History Center was opened in his honor, and stands as a memorial and symbol for what you can accomplish when you follow your dreams.

Charles F. Bolden, Jr., born in Columbia, SC, is a decorated US Naval Academy graduate, a Marine Corps Pilot and is currently the Chief Administrator of NASA. He was a crew member for four historic missions from 1985-1994; the Space Shuttle Columbia, the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and twice on the Space Shuttle Discovery. As a Columbia native, Bolden thought it a special honor to pilot his first mission for the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Complementing “Space Heroes,” ETV will also air the classic, “Other Side of the Moon.” Filmed in 1989 as a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Moon landing on July 20th, 1969, the program tells the stories of Apollo astronauts and how their voyages to the Moon resulted in life-altering changes once back on Earth.

Encore presentations of “Carolina Stories: Space Heroes” will air on the following dates:

  • April 22, 2012 at 4 p.m. on ETV
  • April 25, 2012 at 8 p.m. on the South Carolina Channel

Encore presentations of “Other Side of the Moon” will air on the following dates:

  • April 19, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. on ETV
  • April 25, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. on the South Carolina Channel

South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network with 11 television and eight radio transmitters, and a multi-media educational system in more than 2,500 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.

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ETV’s “Carolina Stories” Presents “Space Heroes” Honoring Three South
Charles M. Duke, Jr. Photo courtesy: NASA
ETV’s “Carolina Stories” Presents “Space Heroes” Honoring Three South
Ronald E. McNair. Photo courtesy: NASA

ETV’s “Carolina Stories” Presents “Space Heroes” Honoring Three South
Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Photo courtesy: NASA
ETV’s “Carolina Stories” Presents “Space Heroes” Honoring Three South
Charles Duke's walk on the moon. Photo courtsey: NASA


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