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How the first moon landing was saved. The full story of the people who made Apollo 11 happen and prevented it from going badly wrong. Theme music by Hans Zimmer.
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Ep.12 Live from Houston

Ep.12 Live from Houston

2019-07-1900:59:3431

“We choose to go.” The season finale comes from where President John F Kennedy made his famous Moon speech to rally the US behind the Apollo programme. The venue is Rice University in Houston, where we reflect on one of the greatest achievements in human history. And we consider a future return to the moon. With Kevin Fong.Starring: John Aaron Gerry Griffin Walt CunninghamPeggy WhitsonTheme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music#13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutesThis episode is being released 50 years after the first moon landing.
Ep.11 The 13 minutes

Ep.11 The 13 minutes

2019-07-1400:18:5427

History as it happened, uninterrupted: every word, every crackle, the tension and triumph. Hear how Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to reach the Moon. This is Nasa’s archive recording of Capcom Charlie Duke’s communications loop from 20 July 1969.#13MinutestotheMoon
Ep.10 ‘For all mankind’

Ep.10 ‘For all mankind’

2019-07-1400:46:1627

History as it happened, explained. Kevin Fong guides us through the descent to the Moon from start to finish, using Capcom Charlie Duke’s communications loop, from Nasa’s archive.And we hear memories and reflections on Apollo 11 from:Charlie DukePoppy Northcutt John Aaron Jim Lovell Margaret Hamilton George Abbey Michael Collins Bill CarpentierTheme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music#13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Ep.09 Tranquility Base

Ep.09 Tranquility Base

2019-07-0700:39:0538

We are five and a half minutes to the moon. Tension goes “through the roof”. Neil Armstrong takes control and the fuel starts to run out. In Mission Control, flight controllers count down to 60 seconds of fuel remaining – and then 30 seconds… With Kevin Fong.Starring:Steve BalesCharlie DukeGerry GriffinCourtesy of the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project: Neil Armstrong Gene KranzJack GarmanBob Carlton Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music#13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
The 13 minutes begin. Eagle is going too fast. There are communications problems. We have met the people and heard about the Apollo 11 technology, now the descent is underway. This is the full story and it is a leap into the unknown. With Kevin Fong.Starring:Charlie DukeSteve BalesDon EylesCourtesy of the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project: Neil ArmstrongGene KranzJay GreeneJack GarmanBob CarltonTheme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music#13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Without the astronaut who didn’t step on the moon, Apollo 11 wouldn’t have succeeded. As Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic landing, Michael Collins was in lunar orbit, playing a crucial role on the mothership. This is his story, with Kevin Fong.Starring:Michael CollinsTheme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music#13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Ep.06 Saving 1968

Ep.06 Saving 1968

2019-06-1600:47:1442

War, riots, assassinations: “the year that shattered America”. And then Nasa took the biggest risk in its history. There was the Vietnam War and the murders of Martin Luther King and Robert F Kennedy but with Apollo 8, astronauts went further from Earth than anyone had gone before and changed the way we look at our home forever. With Kevin Fong.Starring:John AaronBill Anders Frank BormanJerry BostickMichael CollinsJim LovellPoppy NorthcuttKatherine Johnson courtesy of WHRO Chris Kraft courtesy of the Johnson Space Center Oral History ProjectTheme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music#13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutesThis episode was updated on 19 June 2019.
Ep.05 The fourth astronaut

Ep.05 The fourth astronaut

2019-06-0900:48:1434

The computer that got us to the moon. The size of a briefcase, there had never been anything like it. Apollo 11 was “the first time software ran on the moon”. This is the story of the world’s first digital portable general purpose computer. The work of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, helped give rise to the digital age. With Kevin Fong.Starring:Ramon AlonsoElaine DennistonCharlie DukeDon EylesEldon HallMargaret HamiltonDan Lickly Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music#13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Ep.04 Fire to the Phoenix

Ep.04 Fire to the Phoenix

2019-06-0200:45:5239

"You heard ‘fire’. Then you heard a scream." The Apollo 1 tragedy and what happened 21 months later – Apollo’s first successful manned mission into Earth’s orbit. With Kevin Fong.Starring:George AbbeyWalt Cunningham Glynn LunneyGerry GriffinJohn AaronJerry BostickCourtesy of the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project: Chris KraftGene Kranz Wally SchirraGeorge Jeffs Courtesy of CBS News: Gus GrissomEd WhiteRoger ChaffeeTheme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music#13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Ep.03 Long Island Eagle

Ep.03 Long Island Eagle

2019-05-2600:43:0456

Ugly, angry, with four legs and wrapped in gold: it was a spacecraft like nothing on Earth. The story of Grumman’s lunar module, with Kevin Fong.Starring:Charlie DukeDick DunneJohn DevaneyAlan ContessaNeil Armstrong courtesy of the Johnson Space Center Oral History ProjectTom Kelly courtesy of the MIT Museum CollectionsTheme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music#13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Ep.02 Kids in control

Ep.02 Kids in control

2019-05-1900:48:0658

The unsung heroes who saved the day. "Here’s some 26-year-old kid, who could stop the lunar mission." An alarm appears on the on-board computer, but what does it mean? With Kevin Fong.Starring:Steve BalesCharlie DukeJohn AaronGlynn LunneyGerry GriffinJerry BostickGene Kranz courtesy of the Johnson Space Center History Office Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music#13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Ep.01 ‘We choose to go’

Ep.01 ‘We choose to go’

2019-05-1200:45:05114

With no idea how to get there, the race to the moon begins – "we intend to win". To understand how the story ends, we need to start at the very beginning. With Kevin Fong.Starring:Michael CollinsSteve BalesMargaret HamiltonJim Lovell Charlie DukeTheme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music#13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutesThis episode was updated on 14 May 2019.
T-minus 1

T-minus 1

2019-04-2900:18:048

The final part of our audio countdown to the launch of 13 Minutes to the Moon, with Kevin Fong. Lift off is on 13 May 2019.
T-minus 2

T-minus 2

2019-04-2600:00:444

Hans Zimmer has composed the 13 Minutes to the Moon theme music. It is the first time the Grammy and Academy Award winner has created music for a podcast.
T-minus 3

T-minus 3

2019-04-2200:02:596

Introducing 13 Minutes to the Moon, with Apollo 7 astronaut Walt Cunningham and former Apollo engineer Poppy Northcutt - the first woman to work as an engineer in an operational support role in Nasa’s Mission Control.
T-minus 4

T-minus 4

2019-04-1200:08:2619

The countdown begins. The story of Apollo 11 – coming soon.
Comments (107)

Andrew Palmer

Very interesting podcast, not my usual but well worth a listen

Nov 19th
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Spottswoode

OUTSTANDING... all caps warranted 😄

Sep 24th
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Steven Wade Barnes Tvrdik

oppositli PPP I I,

Sep 21st
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mathias mahieu

Great episode, Mr Collins must be the most underestimated person ever! Loved hearing his side of the story.

Sep 6th
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Kirsten Farr

well done. fantastic podcast, well researched and superbly put together produced, narration and editing all top of the heap. I would love this style podcast to be done for other historical events such as dday.

Aug 16th
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Robert Puddy

Amazing! I want more please BBC. Think Kevin Fong is very good communicator. Liked his tv program about the last shuttle flight. This is great bedtime listening.

Aug 15th
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Jill House

Great Podcast. I was a very young child when all of the occurred, and it is interesting to listen to it as an adult especially in light the other pieces of the political environment occurring at the same time.

Aug 13th
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Robert Byrne

fantastic pod cast, well done all involved and thank you

Aug 12th
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Robert Byrne

Public Service Broadcasting do a great tribute to Apollo 8, its called The other side

Aug 10th
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Thomas O'Neill

So wonderful. A friend recommended after watching hidden figures. And this is fantastic

Aug 10th
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Sander van den Berg

Best podcast i've heard so far! Fantastic!

Aug 4th
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Vincent Ruiz

Who doesn't believe we have been to the moon?

Aug 1st
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Vincent Ruiz

"like he's out picking cotten" What does that mean?

Aug 1st
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Shiva Lakshmanan

in the era of re-runs, we thank BBC for making 5he mother of it all! It's impressive, detailed and tries to match the passion that went into the mission. Good job 👍

Aug 1st
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Kris Self

Powerful, moving, informative. A fantastic production BBC, well done.

Jul 22nd
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Neil Hannaford

amazing podcast.

Jul 21st
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Carl Woodman

A superbly compiled and constructed podcast series. Every episode is totally gripping and whets the appetite for the next instalment. Kevin Fong has exactly the right credentials as the presenter and I sincerely hope that he does future series about the Apollo programme, particularly the incredible feat of bringing the Apollo 13 crew back to earth safely when it seemed more likely that they would be lost.

Jul 21st
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drico thomas

I saw Hans Zimmer, and I subscribed it without any hesitation.

Jul 21st
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Hector Sosa

👌🏽 Impressive recollection of a fabulous mankind achievement

Jul 18th
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Dermot Cleary

Stunning podcast! Really brought our understanding of the achievement to life. "30 seconds" fuel after 240000 miles! Talk about range anxiety!

Jul 17th
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