Big Picture Science – Nailing the Moon Landing

by Gary Niederhoff on July 1, 2019


Big Picture Science – Nailing the Moon Landing

Neil, Buzz, and Michael made it look effortless, but the moon landing was neither easy nor inevitable. Soon after President Kennedy publicly stated the goal of sending Americans to the moon, NASA confessed that the chances of success were only about 50/50. But on July 20, 1969, despite enormous difficulties, astronauts stepped onto the lunar regolith.

In this special anniversary episode, we go behind the iconic phrases and familiar photos to consider the errors, mishaps, and the Plan B contingencies that dogged the project, as well as hear of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who made Apollo 11 possible.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Cosmic Conveyance
Part 2: Inventing Technology
Part 3: The Apollo 1 Tragedy
Part 4: Soviet Failure
Part 5: Planting the Flag
Part 6: Nurse to the Astronauts
Part 7: Space Pilots
Part 8: The Reek of Regolith

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