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Episode 1

13 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 09 March 2011

Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane star in this funny, off-beat but factually accurate account of the science of rockets and the brilliant but occasionally warped brains behind it all.

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill.
Produced by Gareth Edwards

This week we look at the three fathers of modern rocket science: 19th Century self-taught Russian visionary Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky and his dreams of orbiting space stations and Martian colonies; American Robert H Goddard, derided in The New York Times in the 1920s for his prediction of a lunar landing (they printed a retraction the day after the Apollo 11 launch); Transylvanian-German Hermann Oberth with his brilliant theories about space travel and his horrifying theories about racial supremacy. Plus Helen reveals the surprising connection between space travel and a coach tour of the Jewels of the Rhineland.

It is performed by Helen Keen, and stars Peter Serafinowicz as The Voice of Space, with other parts played by Susy Kane.


Helen Keen
Peter Serafinowicz
Susy Kane
Gareth Edwards
Helen Keen
Miriam Underhill


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