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Apollo 13 on BBC World Service

Post by rwilkinson » Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:50 am

Following up on last year's excellent "13 Minutes to the Moon" retrospective on Apollo 11, Dr. Kevin Fong and the team have made a new series about the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, which took place 50 years ago next month:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p083wp70

The episodes are released weekly, from 9th March.

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Post by rwilkinson » Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:04 am

There have been two "bonus" episodes, featuring extended interviews with Commander Jim Lovell and Flight Controller John Aaron:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0894pk1
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p089lxh8

John Aaron is the "EECOM" Controller who made the legendary "try SCE to AUX" call which saved the Apollo 12 mission when it was struck by lighning just after launch and on Apollo 13 he was responsible for the shutdown and subsequent power-up of the Command Module.
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John at his console in 1970
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The BBC also have a few brief videos of the mission:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xttx2/clips

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Re: Apollo 13 on BBC World Service

Post by PMiskiw » Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:08 pm

When all around were losing their heads he kept cool.
The ash tray to his left, I bet no longer allowed.
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Re: Apollo 13 on BBC World Service

Post by cstone » Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:22 pm

The ash tray to his left, I bet no longer allowed.
Replaced with E-Cigarette now

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Re: Apollo 13 on BBC World Service

Post by rwilkinson » Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:46 am

The delayed final episode of "13 Minutes" has just been released:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct0v1r
This covers the re-powering of the long-inert Command Module, the crucial re-entry phase and the agonising wait for them to emerge from radio balckout and appear under parachute descent.
It includes a brief interview from the time with Neil Armstrong, who said that deployment of their parachutes would be the most worrying part of the return.

Following the safe return of Apollo 13, John Aaron recalls that just two days later they started a re-design of the CM fuel and power systems, ready for the Apollo 14 flight nine months later.

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Re: Apollo 13 on BBC World Service

Post by rwilkinson » Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:49 am

Now the team have produced a one-hour condensed version for Radio4's "Archive on 4":
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000kmw5

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