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The Space Above Us

A podcast about the history of NASA human spaceflight. New episodes every other Thursday.
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Sep 20, 2017

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.

Sep 7, 2017

Last time we successfully landed in the Sea of Tranquility with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. But what did they actually do there? And how did they decide who gets out first?

Aug 24, 2017

Columbia and Eagle make the final leg of the journey. It's time to head to the surface.

Aug 10, 2017

Don your helmet and gloves, clip into the restraint system, and load up Program 63. It's time to learn how to land on the moon in far more detail than you wanted!

Jul 27, 2017

We is down among 'em on this second journey to the moon. Follow the crew as they fly within spitting distance of the lunar surface.

Jul 13, 2017

A Gumdrop and a Spider fly into low earth orbit.. no, this isn't the start of a bad joke, it's the start of Apollo 9!

Jun 29, 2017

The stage has been set and the time has come. The crew of Apollo 8 are go for TLI. Let's go to the moon!

Jun 15, 2017

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.

Jun 1, 2017

Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walter Cunningham get NASA back on track and fly the first crewed mission of the Apollo Program.

May 18, 2017

We take a somber look at Apollo 1, the first planned flight of the Apollo Program. We honor the crew and try to learn from their sacrifice.

May 4, 2017

This week we learn about the ungainly beast, and engineering marvel, that is the Apollo Lunar Module.

Apr 20, 2017

We've talked about the muscle and brains of Apollo, but this week we talk about the heart of every mission: the Apollo Command and Service Modules.

Apr 6, 2017

This week, we discuss the computers and software of the Apollo Program, with a special focus on the memory system of the Apollo Guidance Computer.

Mar 23, 2017

This week, we take a look at the boosters and engines that lofted Apollo into orbit.

Mar 9, 2017

There's more to getting to the moon than big rockets and zippy spacecraft. This week, we talk about some of the facilities and infrastructure used by NASA in its quest to land humans on the moon.

Feb 23, 2017

Where did the Apollo Program come from? How were its broad strokes decided? And why are we going to the Moon in the first place?

Feb 9, 2017

We close the curtain on Project Gemini, revisiting the program and its goals. We also take a quick look back at Project Mercury and a look forward to the Apollo Program to put Gemini in the larger context.

Jan 26, 2017

Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin close out Project Gemini and tackle the fundamentals of EVA.

Jan 12, 2017

Pete Conrad flies Gemini XI to new heights as Dick Gordon works on his space cowboy techniques.

Dec 29, 2016

John Young and Mike Collins make it a double on Gemini X!

Dec 25, 2016

A special Christmas moment from the crew of Apollo 8.

Dec 15, 2016

The Mayor of Pad 19 has an appointment with an angry alligator.

Dec 1, 2016

Neil Armstrong and David Scott perform the first ever docking in space and then take the Gemini capsule for a spin.

Nov 17, 2016

Frank Borman and Jim Lovell are in space. They've been there for a while and they've got a ways to go. Let's follow them on their incredible 14 day journey into unexplored territory of human spaceflight endurance.

Nov 3, 2016

Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford have to try a few times to get off the ground while the crew of Gemini VII is already waiting for them in orbit. Find out why VI-A comes after VII!

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