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Epic stories of Nasa’s missions to the Moon. Season 1: the first Moon landing, Apollo 11. Season 2: the near disaster of Apollo 13. Presenter: Kevin Fong. Theme music: Hans Zimmer
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Countdown to Season 2

Countdown to Season 2

2020-02-1900:03:508

Jump on-board a doomed mission to the Moon. Apollo 13: the extraordinary story, told by the people who flew it and saved it. Lift off is on 9 March. #13MinutestotheMoon Presenter: Kevin Fong Written by Kevin Fong and Andrew Luck-Baker Theme music by Hans Zimmer and Christian Lundberg for Bleeding Fingers Music
Hans Zimmer in a special episode about creating the 13 Minutes to the Moon theme music. The Oscar and Grammy-winning composer talks music, space and the importance of knowing how to make a really good cup of coffee. He says, “All we are doing with the music is we’re opening the door a little crack and saying ‘OK, now let your imagination run free’”. With Kevin Fong. Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music. #13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Hear the full theme music from 13 Minutes to the Moon. By Hans Zimmer and produced and arranged by Christian Lundberg for Bleeding Fingers Music. #13MinutestotheMoon
Ep.12 Live from Houston

Ep.12 Live from Houston

2019-07-1900:59:3436

“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 Cunningham Peggy Whitson Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music #13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes This episode is being released 50 years after the first moon landing.
Ep.11 The 13 minutes

Ep.11 The 13 minutes

2019-07-1400:18:5430

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’

2019-07-1400:46:1633

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 Duke Poppy Northcutt John Aaron Jim Lovell Margaret Hamilton George Abbey Michael Collins Bill Carpentier Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music #13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Ep.09 Tranquility Base

Ep.09 Tranquility Base

2019-07-0700:39:0543

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 Bales Charlie Duke Gerry Griffin Courtesy of the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project: Neil Armstrong Gene Kranz Jack Garman Bob 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 Duke Steve Bales Don Eyles Courtesy of the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project: Neil Armstrong Gene Kranz Jay Greene Jack Garman Bob Carlton Theme 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 Collins Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music #13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Ep.06 Saving 1968

Ep.06 Saving 1968

2019-06-1600:47:1447

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 Aaron Bill Anders Frank Borman Jerry Bostick Michael Collins Jim Lovell Poppy Northcutt Katherine Johnson courtesy of WHRO Chris Kraft courtesy of the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music #13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes This episode was updated on 19 June 2019.
Ep.05 The fourth astronaut

Ep.05 The fourth astronaut

2019-06-0900:48:1439

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 Alonso Elaine Denniston Charlie Duke Don Eyles Eldon Hall Margaret Hamilton Dan 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

2019-06-0200:45:5244

"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 Abbey Walt Cunningham Glynn Lunney Gerry Griffin John Aaron Jerry Bostick Courtesy of the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project: Chris Kraft Gene Kranz Wally Schirra George Jeffs Courtesy of CBS News: Gus Grissom Ed White Roger Chaffee Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music #13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Ep.03 Long Island Eagle

Ep.03 Long Island Eagle

2019-05-2600:43:0459

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 Duke Dick Dunne John Devaney Alan Contessa Neil Armstrong courtesy of the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project Tom Kelly courtesy of the MIT Museum Collections Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music #13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes
Ep.02 Kids in control

Ep.02 Kids in control

2019-05-1900:48:0664

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 Bales Charlie Duke John Aaron Glynn Lunney Gerry Griffin Jerry Bostick Gene 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’

2019-05-1200:45:05121

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 Collins Steve Bales Margaret Hamilton Jim Lovell Charlie Duke Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music #13MinutestotheMoon www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes This episode was updated on 14 May 2019.
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T-minus 1

2019-04-2900:18:049

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.
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2019-04-2600:00:446

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.
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2019-04-2200:02:599

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.
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2019-04-1200:08:2622

The countdown begins. The story of Apollo 11 – coming soon.
Comments (124)

Jeff Casey

Fantastic news loved series 1

Feb 22nd
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Robert Puddy

I'm just so excited to find this preview on castbox tonight😀. I didn't know that there was going to be a season 2. WHAT! 🤯Another season of this amazing podcast this time focusing on Apollo 13. I've got my bedtime listening sorted now for 2020. Thanks BBC and Kevin Fong!🤸🤾

Feb 20th
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De Neut

Yes! Can't wait!

Feb 19th
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Riedstreuner

I just finished listening to all episodes. Brilliant podcast, I honestly enjoyed listening to it. There is one aspect that I miss. And that's the return back to Earth. Is it so much easier to return back from the moon? From my impression only half of the story is told as I can imagine, that also the flight back had its stories that would have been worth telling in that podcast. I am eagerly waiting for new podcasts like this one, for now I am switching back to CrowdScience.

Jan 30th
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Motech

1st episode pulled me in enough to continue listening. I love space history so it wasn’t that hard.

Jan 28th
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calmfocustruth

Meticulous in detail, exquisite in composition... perfectly presented. Thx btw for leaving the 'majority' of the SJW/woke bs out this time, that BBC is renowned for.

Jan 28th
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Chiaoren Dakou

Awesome work. The narrative structure flows really well over the course of the episodes, the technical content is highly enlightening with lots of touch points to the evolution of our present technology... oh and that music(!) packs as much emotional lift as the thrust of a saturn V main engine at launch :D- a wholesome work of art <3 keep it up!

Jan 24th
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Enric

Great! amazing, high quality!

Dec 31st
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De Neut

the best Christmas gift!

Dec 24th
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De Neut

♥️

Dec 23rd
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Igor Mihajlovic Bucin

Masterpiece. Just love it...

Dec 20th
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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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