20/07/2019 by BBC Radio 4
A special hour long episode of the hugely popular science/comedy show, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landings. Recorded at Cocoa Beach, Florida just down the road from Cape Canaveral, Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by some of the key players involved in landing the first people on the moon, on this day, 1969. Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin and Apollo children Jan and Andy Aldrin give their perspectives on arguably one of the greatest scientific and engineering achievements of all time. Keep listening for a very special guest appearance by Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes.
Presenters: Brian Cox and Robin Ince
Producer Alexandra Feachem
Listen Date: 2019-10-08
- One of the standout points for me was Gerry Griffin mentioning that everybody involved in the moon landings was really young, and that the median (or mean?) age at mission control was thirty three.
- The parts about self-belief and the lack of fear was inspiring.
- Also getting to know about how the astronauts’ families watched the moon landing at home on television like everybody else, but had a squawk box to mission control
- Another standout: hearing that Rusty Schweickart had a mystical experience, talked about earth as a Mother, and how pregnancy is a relationship of dependency; but love is a relationship of equals.