13 Minutes to the Moon

13 Minutes to the Moon

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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


S2 Ep.04 Power brokers
Mar 29 • 45 min
Power must be brutally rationed after the crew fly around the Moon. As systems are switched off, their cold, dark ship is reduced to little more than a husk coasting in space. #13MinutestotheMoon Watch videos about the Apollo 13 mission:…
S2 Ep.03 Lifeboat
Mar 22 • 44 min
The astronauts are fighting for their lives. As the oxygen level plummets, they must escape to the lunar lander. It’s a desperate act of survival for which the crew has never trained. #13MinutestotheMoon See our film about the Lovell family:…
S2 Ep.02 Death of the Odyssey
Mar 15 • 45 min
“We were in deep, deep trouble.” This is Mission Control like you’ve never heard it before. After the explosion, denial and disbelief turn to dread. #13MinutestotheMoon Watch our videos: www.bbcworldservice.com/13minutes Presented by Kevin Fong. Archive:…
S2 Ep.01 Time bomb: Apollo 13
Mar 8 • 43 min
“Houston, we’ve had a problem.” To ignite catastrophe would take just the flick of a single switch. Why Nasa’s third bid to land on the Moon was flawed from the start. #13MinutestotheMoon For videos and more space stories:…
Countdown to Season 2
Feb 18 • 3 min
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…
Bonus: The making of the music
Dec 22, 2019 • 21 min
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…
Bonus: The music by Hans Zimmer
Dec 22, 2019 • 3 min
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
Jul 19, 2019 • 59 min
“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…
Ep.11 The 13 minutes
Jul 14, 2019 • 18 min
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…
Ep.10 ‘For all mankind’
Jul 14, 2019 • 46 min
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…
Ep.09 Tranquility Base
Jul 7, 2019 • 38 min
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…
Ep.08 ‘We’re go for powered descent’
Jun 30, 2019 • 41 min
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.…
Ep.07 Michael Collins: Third man
Jun 23, 2019 • 41 min
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…
Ep.06 Saving 1968
Jun 16, 2019 • 46 min
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…
Ep.05 The fourth astronaut
Jun 9, 2019 • 47 min
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…
Ep.04 Fire to the Phoenix
Jun 2, 2019 • 45 min
“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…
Ep.03 Long Island Eagle
May 26, 2019 • 42 min
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…
Ep.02 Kids in control
May 19, 2019 • 47 min
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…
Ep.01 ‘We choose to go’
May 12, 2019 • 44 min
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…
T-minus 1
Apr 28, 2019 • 4 min
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
Apr 26, 2019 • 0 min
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
Apr 21, 2019 • 2 min
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: Apollo 11
Apr 12, 2019 • 0 min
The countdown begins. The story of Apollo 11 – coming soon.