50 years ago today, Apollo 11 and its crew of three – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – blasted off from Pad 39A at Cape Canaveral.
10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs wrote a 40th anniversary day-by-day celebration series of articles marking the Apollo 11 mission, featuring contemporary British comics and illustrations – and you can read his 16th July 1969 entry here, which spotlights the Apollo launch and the work of artist Roy Cross for Airfix.
Before you head to that, though, you may also want to check out Audible‘s brilliant audio documentary series The Space Race, narrated by Golden Globe and Emmy-nominee Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is The New Black, Star Trek: Voyager).
Produced by B7 Media, the company that brought you the Dan Dare Audio Adventures, The Martian Chronicles and Dilation, the ten episode series marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing, charting the definitive story of the past, present and future of humankind’s exploration of space.
The Space Race uses archive, original interviews, dramatic reconstructions and first-hand accounts to tell the story of mankind’s first amazing steps off our world towards the future of our civilisation.
Brilliantly put together – I’ve been listening to it over the last few days – with unprecedented access, The Space Race gives listeners access to Virgin Galactic’s space programme in the Mojave Desert, features conversations with spacenauts Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Sergei Krikalev, Tim Peake and numerous key players at mission control, and pulls back the curtain on untold aspects of the space-exploration story.
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