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July 2009 Extra: We choose the Moon

July 2009 Extra

With it being the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on Earth's Moon, we dedicate most of this episode to things lunar. We discuss the Apollo missions starting with mention of Apollo 11 radio which lets you experience the mission in real-time. As well as the Apollo 11 landing, we mention the Apollo 15 feather drop, the Soviet Luna 15 spacecraft which crashed into the Moon just a few hours before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin lifted off from the Moon's surface, and the amazing images from LRO (not released at the time of recording) showing the Apollo landing sites from lunar orbit.


Tim popped along to Sir Bernard Lovell's office at Jodrell Bank to talk about the various space missions which led to the Americans landing on the Moon in July 1969. The story starts with a simple scientific beginning with the publication of a report during the International Geophysical Year 1957.

Ask an Astronomer

Stuart puts listener questions to Tim O'Brien.

Odds and Ends

In the Forum, Jodatheoak links to some images of noctilucent clouds on Flickr.

Show Credits

Interview:Prof Sir Bernard Lovell and Tim O'Brien
Ask An Astronomer:Dr Tim O'Brien and Stuart Lowe
Presenters:Stuart Lowe and Neil Young
Editors:Stuart Lowe and Tim O'Brien
Segment voice:Danny Wong-McSweeney
Website:Stuart Lowe
Cover art:The Apollo 11 landing site imaged by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

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