The Lunar Landing: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Narrated by Eileen Collins, the first woman commander of a Space Shuttle, this episode chronicles the story of women in the ultimate Man’s World: the labs and Shuttle crew cabins of NASA. Told in the first person, we explore the experiences of NASA’s first woman engineers, scientists, and first astronauts. We also hear about the fascinating story of a group of women pilots who – in the early 1960s – were led to believe that they would be America’s first female astronauts, and were even given the same physical tests as the Mercury astronauts.

Narrated by Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, this episode tells the unlikely story of Civil Rights and the Space Program. The Space Age began when America was going through a wrenching battle over Civil Rights. And, because the heart of the old Confederacy was chosen as its base, NASA played an unintended role in Civil Rights history. In this episode, we hear about those who broke the color line at NASA, their stories of frustration, and their stories of perseverance.

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50 years ago this week, American astronauts took off on Apollo 11 in what would be the first successful mission to land on the moon's surface. KRCU is celebrating this anniversary by speaking with Southeast professors Dr. Joel Rhodes and Dr. Michael Cobb about the history and science behind the "one giant leap for mankind."


A Historian Timelines the Moon Landing


“Not only the United States, but it’s as if a great chunk of humanity paused on July 20, 1969.”

The Lunar Landing: “Rocketing Ahead”

Jul 12, 2019
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In 1969, humans landed on the Moon. But why? Why did we go? The answer has a little bit to do with science and a lot to do with politics. In this episode, we learn about how the Democrats rode Sputnik to the White House in a campaign that forever changed science, technology, and academia in America.


In this two-part episode of The Lunar Landing: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, producer Richard Paul examines the behind-the-scenes, public policy stories leading up to Apollo 11's flight to the moon. 


Part 1: “Washington, We Have A Problem"