Stargazing: Moon Landing Special

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Stargazing: Moon Landing Special

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Review

Brian Cox walks the length of a massive Saturn V rocket, describing – brilliantly, of course – what each section did. And this whole programme is similar – a series of ingeniously put-together segments that slot into a powerful whole, rocket-boosting our fascination with the future of space travel.

He and Dara O Briain are joined by Hannah Fry and Kevin Fong in a presenting crew with the right stuff. Fong goes to a rocket engine test in Mississippi that gets across its volcanic, bone-shaking power. O Briain learns about the vast “crawler” vehicle that trundles rockets to the launchpad. We get a rundown on the Orion and Starliner spacecraft that will drive the next era of exploration.

And there’s time for a chat with Nasa legend Charlie Duke – the voice of mission control when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were landing in the lunar module and later, himself an astronaut on Apollo 16, the tenth and youngest person, at 36, to walk on the Moon.

Summary

Professor Brian Cox is accompanied on an exploration of the night skies by comedian Dara O Briain, who is shown how to spot and take pictures of celestial marvels.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dara O Briain
Presenter Brian Cox
Executive Producer Helen Thomas
Series Producer Rob Liddell
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