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Space does not wish you well. It has no shortage of ways to kill you, and in the fifty years humans have been flying spacecraft around the Earth and out to the moon, the mortal perils have been evident. But ten of the missions were the most harrowing of all. Some of them ended in tragedy, some ended… read more

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Teaser Episode

May 11th, 2017


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S1E1: Apollo 10

July 20th, 2017


There were a lot of mission rules in the official flight plan when Apollo 10 was preparing to leave Earth on its journey to the moon, but the most …

S1E2: Gemini 8

July 27th, 2017


Neil Armstrong didn’t believe in omens, but he got a nasty one anyway the moment he climbed into his Gemini 8 spacecraft on the morning of March 16, 1966. If Armstrong had believed in omens, he might have been better …

S1E3: Apollo 1

August 3rd, 2017


Whether ship or mere simulator, the Apollo had so far impressed most people at NASA as a slapdash machine. It was temperamental, error-prone, and …

S1E4: Gus Grissom

August 10th, 2017


Gus Grissom tried not to give much thought to the fact that the rocket he was riding to space was built to kill people. But the terrible V-2 would …

S1E5: Gemini 9

August 17th, 2017


If Gemini 9 started off under a curse, the bad fortune seemed determined to stick around.

TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger takes you through the Gemini 9 mission and the events that make it one of the most harrowing space missions …

S1E6: Apollo 12

August 24th, 2017


Pete Conrad had no business trying to fly to the moon on a rainy morning in November of 1969. And NASA, by the look of things, had no business …

S1E7: Luca

August 31st, 2017


Space has a lot of ways to kill you. It’s a beautiful place to contemplate and a thrilling place to visit, but for all its appeal, it’s got murder in …

S1E8: Mir

September 7th, 2017


It can be oddly peaceful inside a dying spacecraft. That was not something Michael Foale ever suspected—and with good reason. When you’re inside a …

S1E9: Soyuz 11

September 14th, 2017


TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger takes you through the Soyuz 11 mission and the events that make it one of the most harrowing space missions of all time.

S1E10: Apollo 13

September 21st, 2017


Whether there would be time for forensic work before the spacecraft died was unclear—something Liebergot understood better than anyone else. It was …

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