[The Infinite Monkey Cage] Astronaut Special (Repeat)

Astronaut Special (Repeat)

25/07/2019 by BBC Radio 4

Web player: http://podplayer.net/?id=76805972
Episode: http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/6/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p07hbxfl.mp3

In this episode from 2017, Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport the cage to the Starmus Festival in Trondheim, Norway, for an extraordinary gathering of astronauts. They are joined on stage by NASA astronauts Sandra Magnus and Terry Virts, ESA astronaut Claude Nicollier, and Apollo 16’s Charlie Duke, one of the last people to have walked on the moon. They talk about their personal journeys to fulfill their long-held dreams, and literally reach for the stars. They hear from Charlie Duke about the extraordinary Apollo missions he was part of, including his role as Capsule Communicator for the very first moon landing, before taking his own first steps on the lunar surface as part of Apollo 16. They explore the different experience of astronauts from Charlie’s era, and those who now become residents of space, spending months and months aboard the International Space Station, and the challenges each mission brings. And Claude Nicollier describes his epic spacewalk to repair the Hubble Telescope.

Producer: Alexandra Feachem.

Listen Date: 2019-10-09


  • The standout stories were from Claude Nicollier (I was a part time fighter pilot and then I decided to be an astronaut and repair the Hubble telescope)…
  • and Charlie Duke – who had the stunning stories of doing Moon Olympics to match the Munich Olympics, and the moon astronaut’s wedding ring recapture.
  • And of course, the ‘Twang’ story.

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