13 Minutes to the Moon

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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.05 The fourth astronaut

47:56 | Jun 9th

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 ...Show More
Ep.01 ‘We choose to go’

44:58 | May 12th

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 James Lovell Charlie ...Show More
Ep.11 The 13 minutes

18:33 | Jul 14th

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 loo...Show More
Ep.10 ‘For all mankind’

46:00 | Jul 14th

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 P...Show More
Ep.09 Tranquility Base

38:52 | Jul 7th

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 Ke...Show More
Ep.08 ‘We’re go for powered descent’

41:13 | Jun 30th

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....Show More
Ep.07 Michael Collins: Third man

41:35 | Jun 23rd

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...Show More
Ep.06 Saving 1968

47:03 | Jun 16th

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 Ea...Show More
Ep.04 Fire to the Phoenix

45:45 | Jun 2nd

"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 Joh...Show More
Ep.03 Long Island Eagle

42:52 | May 26th

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 Spac...Show More
Ep.02 Kids in control

47:52 | May 19th

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 ...Show More
T-minus 1

04:30 | Apr 29th

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

00:39 | Apr 26th

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

02:45 | Apr 22nd

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

00:22 | Apr 12th

The countdown begins. The story of Apollo 11 – coming soon.