The Cosmic Shed

Apollo 13

January 12, 2015

In the interview-packed third episode of The Cosmic Shed, Andrew and Ben talk about the film Apollo 13, the NASA Moon missions, the Orion test flights, and lots of other things connected with human space flight.


We hear from Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, Commander Chris Hadfield of International Space Station fame, and Paolo Attivissimo, who has created the film Moonscape



Laura wasn't able to join them for the recording session, but while off on her travels she transmitted her thoughts on the film back to the shed.

We were lucky enough to have a very special guest in the shed, so make sure you listen right to the end.

If you enjoyed this episode, have a listen to our bonus episode, in which Andrew and Ben suggest music for trips to the Moon.

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Show Notes

Andrew's interview with Fred Haise was carried out in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, as part of the Space Lectures series.

The interview with Chris Hadfield was recorded at the At-Bristol science centre.

Other moon mission-centric things we talk about include From the Earth to the MoonIn the Shadow of the Moon and Moonwalk One.

Moonscape, Paolo Attivissimo's film of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, is available to download for free at his website.

Reading the shed a special bedtime story was the wonderful Ben Faulks, who created, writes and stars in the TV show Mr Bloom's Nursery, and can be seen performing as part of Plungeboom

The 'Houston we've had a problem' clip (which actually features Jack Swigert and Jim Lovell) and other audio from the Apollo missions can be found at NASA's free sound archive

Transcripts of Apollo 13 and other missions are online at Spacelog. Ben also mentions the NASA Johnson Space Centre Oral History Project, and in particular the interview with Ken Mattingly.

For more on the Van Allen Belts, have a look at this article from Popular Science.

Andrew recommends the book Moondust by Andrew Smith, and Ben talks about Logicomix.

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