CBS Reports (CBS, 9-10 p.m.): The exhilarating past and uncertain future of America's space program are explored in this edition of the program. The documentary points to the sharp contrast between the country's fascination with the fantasy adventure of man's first walk on the moon 25 years ago and the public's later, shoulder-shrugging attitude. Disasters like the Challenger explosion didn't help any, nor did misfortunes like the initial Hubble telescope failure.
Yet we're still spending about 1 percent of the federal budget -
some $14.3 billion - on the space program. To see where it's heading, or should be, the show offers interviews with well-known astronauts - Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Charles Duke, and Pete Conrad - and also people mainly out of public view. Comments from Vice President Al Gore Jr. and Dan Goldin, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, are included. And we will, of course, watch that first moon landing all over again.
Connie Chung is the anchor. * FRIDAY
B.B. King & Friends ... Live at Woodlands (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Blues Boy King, as he was called before he shortened his stage name years ago, is one of the few artists of renown whose own history goes back to the roots of the blues tradition. Today, at 69, he does more than 250 concerts a year and acts as a goodwill ambassador all over the place.
So it's fitting that King's own reflections about himself and his rich career of more than 40 years is part of this show, taped (despite its title) at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion north of Houston. That's near the family home of singer- songwriter Lyle Lovett, who hosts this special and two others in a miniseries taped there.
In the opening show, King performs such numbers as ``Let the Good Times Roll,'' ``Movin' Out of the Neighborhood,'' and his 1970 hit, ``The Thrill Is Gone.'' The program closes with a jam session that includes King, Gregg Allman, Junior Wells, and other artists.
Please check local listings for these programs.