Moon Landings | Looking back to NASA's Apollo lunar missions
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 24 April 1997
DURATION | 38 minutes 22 seconds
Sue Nelson tells the story of a group of pilots who became America's first female astronaut trainees. The 'Mercury 13' passed the medical examinations and had more flying hours than John Glenn, yet none of them made it into space. In this programme, we hear from some of those women and discover why America's First Women in Space Program was cut short before it even began.
The picture above shows trainee astronaut Jerrie Cobb during preparations for a high altitude flight at the North American Aircraft Lab. She was awarded the Amelia Earhart gold medal of achievement in 1949, nominated for a Nobel peace prize in 1981 and has received numerous commendations for her humanitarian work in South America. She remains the only woman to pass all three phases of the Mercury astronaut tests.
Man goes into space - next stop: the moon!
An astronomer states the case for putting telescopes on the moon.
Is there life on the moon?
Reg Turnill explores NASA's quarantine facilities.
What will the Apollo astronauts actually be doing on the moon?
Was the race to get man on the moon a waste of money?
A British scientist awaits samples of moon dust.
Remembering the moon landings and exploring the solar system.
An interview with former NASA chief Dr Thomas Paine.
Reg Turnill reports on Apollo 15's discovery of the 'Genesis Rock'.
A Christmas conversation about the moon.
How 13 women were blocked from joining NASA's space program.
Michael Portillo revisits the race to the moon.
Looking back to 20 July 1969.
Which will be the next nation to reach the moon?
Why should any nation need to go to the moon again?
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of 'The Sky at Night' with Eugene Cernan.
The artist astronaut of Apollo 12.
The Apollo 16 astronaut finds his way on the moon.
The scientist astronaut of Apollo 17.
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