The Space Programme

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 20 July, 2016

Music from space – and a special documentary on the Apollo 11 mission.

47 years ago today, human beings first set foot upon the Moon. The Apollo 11 mission was launched on July 16, 1969, carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon. Later, they successfully returned – fulfilling President John F Kennedy’s 1961 speech which included the words,

…I believe that this nation should commit itself: to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult, or expensive to accomplish.”

Today’s programme commemorates this momentous event. In addition to an eclectic collection of music from, and about, space, space travel, the Moon and more, we include Moonwalk! – a special radio documentary by Peter Carbines* on the Apollo 11 mission based on actuality, painstakingly recorded from the broadcast coverage of the time, and woven into a story of the mission with appropriate, and equally eclectic, music of the period, including as it does everything from the Moody Blues to the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Holst. We recommend that you listen on headphones for the best experience.

Moonwalk! will be broadcast at 11am and 7pm Pacific Time (19:00 and 03:00 in the UK).

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are in the United States or Canada, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside North America, click here to start your player .

*Moonwalk! was created by Peter Carbines for Pyramedia Productions, August-September 1969.


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