Space Shuttle Launch from the UK?

Want to see Shuttle launch from the UK without leaving home? OK, its not quiet the launch but it is not long after. A coincidence of timing today is just right for an unusual view of the Space Shuttle Endeavor’s last ever flight. About half an hour after the Sun sets in the UK, Endeavor […]

Episode 43 April 18th 2011: Apollo 12 and Captain Richard Gordon

Scroll down for the audio and video. 1969 is remembered for the unique event in history, Apollo 11 and the first men, Neil and Buzz on the surface of the Moon. Before the year was out, another three men headed the same way. On November 19th, Pete Conrad and Alan Bean precision landed Apollo 12 […]

Episode 42: April 12th 2011: Rare video of Yuri Gagarin in Manchester

Scroll down for the audio and video. On a cold bright Wednesday morning fifty years ago in the Soviet town of  Turatam, a rocket launched a man into space. A critical initial step for any civilisation that eventually travels to the stars. Any first is both special and trivial. Special because by definition it only […]

Episode 41: April 9th 2011: Yuri Gagarin and Reg Turnill

Scroll down for the audio and video. Reg Turnill joined the BBC in 1956 with the remit to cover aviation and defence. The launch of Sputnik 1 in the following year expanded his remit to include space. He is particularly well known for his coverage of the American Apollo program. In the UK, his name […]

Episode 40: April 2nd 2011: Gagarin in London : Captain Eric Brown

Scroll down for the options to play audio and video. On the third of Gagarin’s five days in Britain, immediately following his meeting with Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, on Thursday 13th July 1961,  he had the only private meeting of his visit with Captain Eric Brown where the press was not invited, no photographs were […]