The Moon

Episode 5

Science writer Oliver Morton explores the likelihood of a human return to the moon.
In this intimate and profound portrait of the Moon, writer Oliver Morton explores the different spaces that Earth’s closest neighbour occupies in our lives. 

If humans were to return to the Moon what would compel us - and how long might we stay for?

Read by Robin Laing
Abridged by Anna Magnusson
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

Episode 4

Writer Oliver Morton explores the disappointment that followed the Apollo missions.
In this intimate and profound portrait of the Moon, writer Oliver Morton explores the different spaces that Earth’s closest neighbour occupies in our lives. 

After the excitement of the Apollo missions comes inevitable disappointment as the focus shifts to further flung parts of the solar system. But is a return to the Moon imminent?

Reader Robin Laing
Abridger Anna Magnusson
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

Episode 3

Post-war, scientists are daring to dream about the prospect of man walking on the moon.
In this intimate and profound portrait of the Moon, writer Oliver Morton explores the different spaces that Earth’s closest neighbour occupies in our lives. 

Thanks to post-WWII advances in rocketry, scientists in the late 1940s were daring to dream about the prospect of man walking on the Moon.

Reader Robin Laing
Abridger Anna Magnusson
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

Episode 2

Oliver Morton explores our fascination with the moon and the forces that have shaped it.
In this intimate and profound portrait of the Moon, writer Oliver Morton explores the different spaces that Earth’s closest neighbour occupies in our lives. 

Since Galileo's day, humans have been fascinated by the geography of the Moon and the forces that created its many craters.

Reader Robin Laing
Abridger Anna Magnusson
Producer Eilidh McCreadie

Mining the Moon

Who owns the Moon’s natural resources?
Prof Monica Grady discusses the materials on the Moon that may be of value to future space missions, and the need to protect them from exploitation.

Photo: An Apollo 17 astronaut taking a core sample on the Moon. (NASA/Corbis via Getty Images)

Watch: From London to the far side of the Moon

A giant replica of the Moon that has been displayed all over the world has made its way to the Natural History Museum in London.

The model, designed by artist Luke Jerram, is six metres (19.7ft) in diameter and shows detailed Nasa images of the lunar surface.

It has been circling the globe since 2016, lighting up spaces from Bilbao to Beijing.