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    13 Minutes to the moon. BBC podcast

    A quick search of previous posts hasnít thrown anything up on this.
    So a heads up for Apollo, NASA and space race fans.
    Brilliantly presented by Kevin Fong who used to work at NASA.
    Episode 4 this week.
    Completely engrossing.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/la...e-moon-podcast

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    I've been listening, it's very good.

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    I've done 3 episodes and it's superb.

    Astounding the average age of the NASA team was 26 at the time.

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    Agreed, listening too, very good so far.

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    Agreed - good stuff .

    I noticed an Apollo 7 vid on youtube this week which may be worth a look too.

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    I have been thoroughly enjoying this.

    It was very sad listening to the latest episode, which was about Apollo 1.......

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    Coming soon (the end of June) to a cinema near you...Apollo 11.

    I've only seen the trailer a couple of times at the cinema but it looks good and seemingly has great reviews. If any subject is worthy of the big screen, this one has to be amongst them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Coming soon (the end of June) to a cinema near you...Apollo 11.

    I've only seen the trailer a couple of times at the cinema but it looks good and seemingly has great reviews.
    I have Apollo 11 on BluRay, it is absolutely excellent.

    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    If any subject is worthy of the big screen, this one has to be amongst them.
    Spot on. I'll catch it at the cinema when it reaches this neck of the woods. Probably more than once.

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    Thanks for the recommendation, it's a great listen

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Coming soon (the end of June) to a cinema near you...Apollo 11.

    I've only seen the trailer a couple of times at the cinema but it looks good and seemingly has great reviews. If any subject is worthy of the big screen, this one has to be amongst them.
    I was wondering where the footage for the film came from. I found a making of featurette on the IMDb link above and searched it out on YouTube.


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    Just started listening to this podcast and really enjoying it.

    Thought Iíd give the thread a bump for anyone else whoís interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Tetley View Post
    Just started listening to this podcast and really enjoying it.

    Thought Iíd give the thread a bump for anyone else whoís interested.
    Same

    Iím four episodes in and really enjoying it

    Big thumbs up 👍🏼

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    Great series.

    Iím right up to date - just wish they would release all the episodes in one go.

    Jake

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    One of the best podcasts I have listened too. Completely fascinating and engrossing.


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    Off to see Apollo 11 this weekend at the IMAX. Canít wait.

    For those that like their music, listen to The Race To Space album by Public Service Broadcasting. Amazing band and this album is a must-listen for spaceheads.

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    Working through it at the moment.

    Unbelievable as to what they did with what they had!

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    Saw Apollo 11 last night...

    WOW !
    Just WOW...

    The launch sequence part is just phenomenal.

    As has been said, a great, building, synthesiser soundtrack that was all
    made on instruments that were available in July Ď69.

    I urge you all to go see it.
    If you buy 5 packets of malteesers you can watch it for free on a Sunday.

    https://www.sweetsundays.co.uk/participating-packs

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavsw20 View Post
    For those that like their music, listen to The Race To Space album by Public Service Broadcasting.
    My son bought me a CD of The Race to Space when it first came out and I regularly listen to it. It is interesting to hear some of the clips used in a fuller historical context.

    Quote Originally Posted by John Wall View Post
    Saw Apollo 11 last night...

    I urge you all to go see it.
    If you buy 5 packets of malteesers you can watch it for free on a Sunday.

    https://www.sweetsundays.co.uk/participating-packs
    I might just stock up on the Haloween treats early this year.

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    Fantastic series, I recommend it to anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petethegeek View Post
    I might just stock up on the Haloween treats early this year.
    Only botha youíve got to cut the bags open to get the codes...

    Iíd eat Ďem way before the end of October !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wall View Post
    Saw Apollo 11 last night...

    WOW !
    Just WOW...
    I've just seen it in IMAX and concur.

    Mark Kermode called it a document rather than a documentary. That's a good description as it is a film that uses contemporary recordings simply to illustrate its subject rather than tell the audience anything much about it. After all, it's a story that is quite well known. You'll have seen similar footage before, but this is simply better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    I've just seen it in IMAX and concur.

    Mark Kermode called it a document rather than a documentary. That's a good description as it is a film that uses contemporary recordings simply to illustrate its subject rather than tell the audience anything much about it. After all, it's a story that is quite well known. You'll have seen similar footage before, but this is simply better.
    Saw this on Friday, itís mental.

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    Episode 8 now available... itís a doozie !!
    60,000ft
    1202 alarm

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    Don't miss Michael Collins on Hard Talk.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...o-11-astronaut

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    Same type, we're go flight! We're going that alarm!

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    Watching 8 days to the moon

    The only watch ive spotted so far.







    This was quite a surprise






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    This has been the first podcast that I've really got into and enjoyed. Wonderful stuff, and absolutely chock-full of fascinating technical details and personal reminiscence.

    Apollo 11 was awesome, too - I'm having that when it comes out for download, it's a great document (per Kermode) and one with so much rich detail that I think it will stand repeated watching.

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    This was another surprise,thereís lots of talk about space pens over the years no one mentions felt tips.


    Buzz Aldrin wasn't the first to "McGuyver" a solution to a difficult problem, but his use of a felt-tip pen to activate a broken circuit breaker to enable the Eagle to blast off from the moon surely ranks as one of the most dramatic.Buzz Aldrin wasn't the first to McGuyver a solution to a difficult problem, but his use of a felt-tip pen to activate a broken circuit breaker to enable the Eagle to blast off from the moon surely ranks as one of the most dramatic.
    As recounted in his book Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin and his moon-walking companion Neil Armstrong were gathering themselves into the landing module to start the return home when he noticed something lying on the floor. It was a circuit breaker switch that had gotten bumped and had broken off in all the too-ing and fro-ing in the cramped environment.

    As luck would have it, this wasn't just any old switch: it was the switch to the circuit breaker that activated the ascent engine that would lift them off the moon to rendezvous with Mike Collins, who was orbiting overhead in the Columbia. If they couldn't get that breaker pushed back in, they'd have to figure something else out, or there'd be no ascent.

    They told mission control and then tried unsuccessfully to catch some sleep. The next morning, no solution was forthcoming so as Aldrin relates in his book:

    "Since it was electrical, I decided not to put my finger in, or use anything that had metal on the end. I had a felt-tipped pen in the shoulder pocket of my suit that might do the job. After moving the countdown procedure up by a couple of hours in case it didn't work, I inserted the pen into the small opening where the circuit breaker switch should have been, and pushed it in; sure enough, the circuit breaker held. We were going to get off the moon, after all."
    Mike Collins donated his own felt pen to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum which he helped found.

    Aldrin held on to hisóand keeps it with the broken breaker switch.

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