Gene Cernan, Ron Evans, and Harrison Schmitt kick off the final lunar landing mission of the Apollo Program with a spectacular night launch. But how did they end up with these last three coveted seats?
John Young, Charlie Duke, and Ken Mattingly are headed to the moon for the second J-mission. Geologists have them on the hunt for volcanic rock, hoping to test their hypothesis on how the lunar highlands were formed.
This week we'll talk about Mission Control, the room full of experts that helps keep each NASA human spaceflight mission running smoothly. Where did it come from? What is its role in the mission? And just what are all those guys actually doing anyway?
Listen to some of the actual audio from the Apollo 11 mission. Included is the air to ground audio and flight director loop from the powered descent and landing, as well as about 10 minutes surrounding Armstrong's first step on the surface.
Apollo 8 was humanity's first time leaving its home planet, and it was just too big to fit into one episode. Join us this week as we learn about the mission's origins, who will be flying it, and how tricky it is to plan a launch window.