13 Minutes to the Moon

16 EpisodesProduced by BBC World Service

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

July 19th, 2019


“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 …

Ep.11 The 13 minutes

July 14th, 2019


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 …

Ep.10 ‘For all mankind’

July 14th, 2019


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 …

Ep.09 Tranquility Base

July 7th, 2019


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 …

Ep.08 ‘We’re go for powered descent’

June 30th, 2019


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, …

Ep.07 Michael Collins: Third man

June 23rd, 2019


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, …

Ep.06 Saving 1968

June 16th, 2019


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 …

Ep.05 The fourth astronaut

June 9th, 2019


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 …

Ep.04 Fire to the Phoenix

June 2nd, 2019


"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 …

Ep.03 Long Island Eagle

May 26th, 2019


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.

Ep.02 Kids in control

May 19th, 2019


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 …

Ep.01 ‘We choose to go’

May 12th, 2019


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 …

T-minus 1

April 29th, 2019


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

April 26th, 2019


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

April 22nd, 2019


Introducing 13 Minutes to the Moon, with Apollo 7 astronaut Walt Cunningham and former Apollo engineer Poppy Northcutt - the first woman to work as …

T-minus 4

April 12th, 2019


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

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