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13 Minutes to the Moon

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 4:57 pm
by Private Frazer
I always think of the date of Apollo 11 on the moon as the 21st July, the wee hours of the morning when the EVA started UK time and I woke up in front of the TV to amazing images) but it was the 20th in the US. I'm really looking forward to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Named after the climax to that first manned descent to the moon, this weekly podcast from the BBC World Service is on episode 3 and runs on until the big day. Hope there's lots coming up on UK TV too.

Re: 13 Minutes to the Moon

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 6:37 pm
by Mark
That Podcast sound interesting, a good idea too.

Bound to be plenty of TV and Radio coverage for this momentous anniversary.

Re: 13 Minutes to the Moon

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:18 pm
by Brock
A new series has started this week, telling the story of the doomed Apollo 13 mission:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xttx2

I didn't get round to listening to the first series until last Christmas, when I binge-listened the whole thing in a couple of days. A truly excellent programme.

Re: 13 Minutes to the Moon

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:48 pm
by Private Frazer
Thanks for that; how the crew of Apollo 13 survived (and astronaut Jim Lovell's whole career) is amazing.

Re: 13 Minutes to the Moon

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:06 am
by Richard Charles Skryngestone
Yes, it's incredible. Literally, it's not credible.

Re: 13 Minutes to the Moon

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:38 pm
by Brock
Covid-19 has intervened in this series in quite a dramatic way. The presenter of the series, Kevin Fong, is also a consultant anaesthetist in the NHS, and anaesthetic lead for Major Incident Planning. Consequently the final episode has had to be postponed to later in the year - with the crew about to enter the Earth's atmosphere with a badly damaged heat shield. Talk about a cliffhanger...

Re: 13 Minutes to the Moon

Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:56 pm
by Brock
Only just got round to listening to the final episode of this, which was broadcast in June:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct0v1r

Re: 13 Minutes to the Moon

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:13 pm
by Private Frazer
It's a strange coincidence that, fifty years on, a re-telling of the Apollo 13 mission should be interrupted by current events.
(going slightly off-topic, its good for future space programs that all three recent Mars launches were successful)