Show 60 – First broadcast 24th July 2009
It’s the 40th anniversary of the manned moon landing
To celebrate the 40th anniversay of the moon landing, this weeks programme comes direct from a restaurant on the moon and it is is dedicated to the space race through the 1950s and 1960s that ended with two humans walking on the moon.
We start with the Soviet Sputnik 1 – the world’s first artificial satellite.
Sputnik 1, October 4 1957 began and the space race began. This meant that the Soviets could launch a ballistic missile with a hydrogen bomb on board to strike anywhere in the world.
November, 1957 -Liaka (translated from Russian as Howler or Barker) became the first animal to be sent from earth into space. She only survived a few hours (as we found out in 2000).
USA launched their first satellite Explorer 1 in January 1958
The soviets replied with an unmanned landing on the moon in September, 1959.
AND the Soviets came back by creating the world’s first Spaceman – Yuri Gagarin in April 1961
Gargarin was only in space for 108 minutes – but it was 108 minutes that changed the world.
Then on July, 20th, 1969 the US played the trump card with a manned landing on the moon.
We end the programme with a segment of J. F. Kenedy’s great speech after the moon landing – it is well worth listening to his brilliant rhetoric extolling science.