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How the first moon landing was saved. The full story of the people who made Apollo 11 happen and prevented it from going badly wrong. Hosted by Kevin Fong. Theme by Hans Zimmer.

13 Minutes to the Moon BBC

    • Technology

How the first moon landing was saved. The full story of the people who made Apollo 11 happen and prevented it from going badly wrong. Hosted by Kevin Fong. Theme by Hans Zimmer.

    Bonus: The making of the music

    Bonus: The making of the music

    Hans Zimmer in a special episode about creating the 13 Minutes to the Moon theme music. The Oscar and Grammy-winning composer talks music, space and the importance of knowing how to make a really good cup of coffee.
    He says, “All we are doing with the music is we’re opening the door a little crack and saying ‘OK, now let your imagination run free’”.
    With Kevin Fong.
    Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music.
    #13MinutestotheMoon
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    • 21 min
    Bonus: The music by Hans Zimmer

    Bonus: The music by Hans Zimmer

    Hear the full theme music from 13 Minutes to the Moon. By Hans Zimmer and produced and arranged by Christian Lundberg for Bleeding Fingers Music. #13MinutestotheMoon

    • 3 min
    Ep.12 Live from Houston

    Ep.12 Live from Houston

    “We choose to go.” The season finale comes from where President John F Kennedy made his famous Moon speech to rally the US behind the Apollo programme. The venue is Rice University in Houston, where we reflect on one of the greatest achievements in human history. And we consider a future return to the moon.
    With Kevin Fong.
    Starring:
    John Aaron
    Gerry Griffin
    Walt Cunningham
    Peggy Whitson
    Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music
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    This episode is being released 50 years after the first moon landing.

    • 59 min
    Ep.11 The 13 minutes

    Ep.11 The 13 minutes

    History as it happened, uninterrupted: every word, every crackle, the tension and triumph. Hear how Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to reach the Moon. This is NASA’s archive recording of Capcom Charlie Duke’s communications loop from 20 July 1969.
    #13MinutestotheMoon

    • 18 min
    Ep.10 ‘For all mankind’

    Ep.10 ‘For all mankind’

    History as it happened, explained. Kevin Fong guides us through the descent to the Moon from start to finish, using Capcom Charlie Duke’s communications loop, from NASA’s archive.
    And we hear memories and reflections on Apollo 11 from:
    Charlie Duke
    Poppy Northcutt
    John Aaron
    Jim Lovell
    Margaret Hamilton
    George Abbey
    Michael Collins
    Bill Carpentier
    Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music
    #13MinutestotheMoon
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    • 46 min
    Ep.09 Tranquility Base

    Ep.09 Tranquility Base

    We are five and a half minutes to the moon. Tension goes “through the roof”. Neil Armstrong takes control and the fuel starts to run out. In Mission Control, flight controllers count down to 60 seconds of fuel remaining – and then 30 seconds… With Kevin Fong.
    Starring:
    Steve Bales
    Charlie Duke
    Gerry Griffin
    Courtesy of the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project:
    Neil Armstrong
    Gene Kranz
    Jack Garman
    Bob Carlton
    Theme music by Hans Zimmer for Bleeding Fingers Music
    #13MinutestotheMoon
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

MalChristison ,

Brilliant Concept, Stunning Result

Fine detail is often where the real beauty and interest is found. The idea of breaking down the last 13 minutes of the first lunar landing into minute detail and virtually teaching us to understand it, is amazing and wonderful.
I want to hear more of this please. I want to hear about the Saturn 5 problems and who fixed those, and the reasons why the astronauts breathed pure oxygen at 1/3 bar and how that effected them.
I want to hear about the missions that went wrong and how they recovered. This series makes space interesting again because of the narrow focus and explicit detail. The music is wonderful and provides the grandeur of the achievements without requiring the commentary to pursue hyperbole.

CJR Australia ,

Well that was emotional.....

The ambition, the technology, the courage, the human endeavour and teamwork. An inspiring convergence of all.

A breathtaking account. A must listen show.

DJ Asby ,

Must Listen

This should be played to all High School children to inspire their careers. A great example how several industries worked together to create a brilliant outcome. The detailed description of the people behind the project is enlightening.
Well done, I was never aware of the impact it had on the future.

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