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Planetary Radio: Apollo Episodes

Apollo 11 and the Woman Who Helped Get It Home (July 17, 2019)

Poppy Northcutt was a pioneer—the first woman to work as an engineer in Apollo Mission Control. The program she helped to create got the astronauts back to Earth. Fifty years later, she sits down with Mat Kaplan for a look back. They are joined by JPL planetary scientist Rosaly Lopes who was inspired to become a STEM professional by Poppy.

Ray Bradbury Looks Back at Apollo 11 (July 20, 2009)

The beloved author, poet, dramatist, and visionary Ray Bradbury revisits Planetary Radio to share his memories of the first Moon landing forty years previous. Ray also talks about Mars and other favorite topics.

Andrew Chaikin on the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 8 (Dec 29, 2008)

The author of A Man on the Moon and A Passion for Mars shares his thoughts about the first human mission beyond Earth and how the iconic Earthrise image challenges us to explore.

Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden (August 29, 2011)

Al Worden was the Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot forty years ago. He talks with us about that experience and his new book, Falling to Earth.

Jay Barbree on "Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight" (July 29, 2014)

In his 55 years as NBC’s space correspondent, Jay Barbree has won the respect and friendship of many astronauts. Neil Armstrong stands above them all. Now Jay has created this very personal chronicle about his friend, with help from Neil and many of the other pioneering spacefarers.

Master of the Moon Rocks: NASA Astromaterials Curator Francis McCubbin (January 12, 2016)

Francis McCubbin is the new Astromaterials Curator at NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the priceless collection includes the Apollo moonrocks.

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