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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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Jun 14, 2018

Bean, Garriott, and Lousma still have 50 days left to catch up on their backlog. Let's just hope their two arachnid passengers don't escape!

May 31, 2018

Alan Bean, Owen Garriott, and Jack Lousma are ready to become Skylab's second crew. But will an attitude control propellant leak cut their stay short?

May 17, 2018

Conrad, Kerwin and Weitz have arrived at Skylab, but can they get the stricken space station under control?

May 3, 2018

We meet the crew of Skylab 2, wonder what happened to Skylab 1, and take a look at how NASA scrambled to fix their crippled space station.

Apr 19, 2018

We learn about some of the scientific experiments on Skylab, get it to the launchpad, and send it on its way to orbit. Though it seems to be missing a few parts when it gets there..

Apr 5, 2018

We get out first look at NASA's first big project after landing on the moon: Skylab. America's first space station is often overlooked, but we'll dig into the reasons that make it so awesome.

Mar 22, 2018

We take a look back at the Apollo Program and how we got there. Then I ramble a bit about my take on the impact of the program and talk about where the upcoming episodes will be going.

Mar 8, 2018

We explore the fascinating Taurus-Littrow region and bid a sad farewell to the moon.

Feb 22, 2018

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?

Feb 8, 2018

It's time to go find some volcanic rock and confirm the hypothesis of the formation of the Descartes region. I hope you like orange juice.

Jan 25, 2018

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.

Jan 11, 2018

This week we head to the Hadley-Apennine region to explore the surface with Dave Scott and Jim Irwin. Five EVAs, driving around in the lunar rover, and obstinate drills await us!

Dec 28, 2017

Dave Scott and Jim Irwin are headed for Hadley-Apennine, while Al Worden is getting all sorts of science done in lunar orbit. Just what does a Command Module Pilot do, anyway? Find out!

Dec 14, 2017

It's been a long way, but we're here.. for the second part of our coverage of Apollo 14! Get your lunar hiking boots on, we're headed for Cone Crater!

Nov 30, 2017

Alan Shepard is back in the saddle and headed to the moon with Ed Mitchell and Stu Roosa on Apollo 14. Also I make fun of Ed Mitchell a bunch.

Nov 16, 2017

Apollo 13 is in trouble. But with a lot of clever thinking and a bit of luck, we might just be able to get the crew home.

Nov 2, 2017

It's time to go for the hat trick and attempt NASA's third landing on the moon. After doing this twice already, everything should be smooth sailing. Right?

Oct 19, 2017

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?

Oct 5, 2017

Pete Conrad and Alan Bean head to the surface. There are plenty of science experiments to set up, robots to vandalize, and selfies to.. not take.

Sep 21, 2017

Join us as we follow the crew of Apollo 12 into lunar orbit as they prepare to land in the Ocean of Storms. Get your signal conditioning equipment ready because it's going to be a shocking launch!

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.

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