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Space does not wish you well. It has no shortage of ways to kill you, and in the fifty years humans have been flying spacecraft around the Earth and out to the moon, the mortal perils have been evident. But ten of the missions were the most harrowing of all. Some of them ended in tragedy, some ended successfully—but all of them involved astronauts playing for the very highest stakes in the very deadliest place. Countdown tells the tale of those ten missions—some of them American, some Russian. Written and narrated by Jeffrey Kluger—author of Apollo 13 and Apollo 8—Countdown recreates the space crises that every astronaut has feared, and that an unlucky handful were forced to live.

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    • 4.4, 204 Ratings

Space does not wish you well. It has no shortage of ways to kill you, and in the fifty years humans have been flying spacecraft around the Earth and out to the moon, the mortal perils have been evident. But ten of the missions were the most harrowing of all. Some of them ended in tragedy, some ended successfully—but all of them involved astronauts playing for the very highest stakes in the very deadliest place. Countdown tells the tale of those ten missions—some of them American, some Russian. Written and narrated by Jeffrey Kluger—author of Apollo 13 and Apollo 8—Countdown recreates the space crises that every astronaut has feared, and that an unlucky handful were forced to live.

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4.4 out of 5
204 Ratings

204 Ratings

Magz102998 ,

Shuttle disasters?!

Fascinating story of catastrophes and near-misses, but how could the two shuttle disasters have been overlooked?

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Stratox777 ,

A great series!

This a great podcast that puts you right in the minds of those who have graced the outer bounds of our little pale blue dot. The presenter does a great job of demonstrating calmness when needed and excitement when needed. Just wish they would make a TV series for this.

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