Washington Goes to the Moon, Part 2

Washington Goes to the Moon, Part 2

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 8:00pm

Courtesy of PRX

The second half of this two part series looks at the fire on board Apollo 1 that killed three astronauts and nearly derailed the space program.Today we understand better than ever that the exploration of space is a risky business. The explosions of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003 made that clear. But in 1967, most Americans saw space as nothing more than a big adventure. The danger seem beyond imagining. In this program we go back to the disaster that almost derailed the Apollo Program and America?s drive to put a man on the moon; the tragedy of Apollo One. We look at how the fire revealed deep flaws in a NASA management structure that businesses and governments around the world viewed with envy and how NASA's attempts to cover-over those flaws fed into Congressional distrust that almost crushed the Space Program.

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and AM 1370 is proud to bring listeners a week of special programming to commemorate the anniversary, running Sunday, July 14 through Sunday, July 21.

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The 50th Stratsenburgh Planetarium