The Space Above Us

A podcast about the history of NASA human spaceflight. New episodes every other Thursday.
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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!

Oct 20, 2016

Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad may come to regret their slogan of "8 Days or Bust" for the groundbreaking flight of Gemini V.

Oct 6, 2016

Project Gemini continues with the flight of Jim McDivitt and Ed White aboard Gemini IV. Learn about spacewalks, orbital rendezvous, and how to open a stuck door in space!

Sep 22, 2016

Gus Grissom and John Young kick off Project Gemini and catch a bite to eat along the way.

Sep 8, 2016

Project Gemini was America's second major manned spaceflight program and will take this podcast clear into 2017. Come learn the basics about Project Gemini before we launch into detailed looks at each mission.

Aug 25, 2016

We follow the X-15 on one more parabolic arc through space and learn more about the pilots who flew it and some of the amazing results of the program.

Aug 11, 2016

High above the United States desert, the X-15 becomes America's second manned spacecraft and Joe Walker becomes the 7th American to fly in space.

Jul 28, 2016

We revisit Project Mercury while trying to put it into a larger context and examine President Kennedy's decision to send us to the Moon.

Jul 14, 2016

Gordon Cooper becomes the first astronaut to spend a full day in space and brings a successful conclusion to Project Mercury.

Jun 30, 2016

Wally Schirra and Sigma 7 show us how it's done and pave the way for the one day mission.

Jun 16, 2016

Science moves to the forefront and Scott Carpenter moves several hundred miles past the landing zone on Aurora 7.

Jun 2, 2016

John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth and has a close call with a potential heat shield problem.

May 19, 2016

The complete air to ground transmissions of Mercury-Redstone 4: the flight of Liberty Bell 7.

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