The Space Above Us
By JP Burke
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A podcast about the history of NASA human spaceflight. New episodes every other Thursday.
||Clean051 - Apollo 17 (Part 2)||We explore the fascinating Taurus-Littrow region and bid a sad farewell to the moon.||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean050 - Apollo 17 (Part 1)||Gene Cernan, Ron Evans, and Harrison Schmitt kick off the final lunar landing mission of the Apollo Program with a spectacular night launch. But how did they end up with these last three coveted seats?||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean049 - Apollo 16 (Part 2)||It's time to go find some volcanic rock and confirm the hypothesis of the formation of the Descartes region. I hope you like orange juice.||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean048 - Apollo 16 (Part 1)||John Young, Charlie Duke, and Ken Mattingly are headed to the moon for the second J-mission. Geologists have them on the hunt for volcanic rock, hoping to test their hypothesis on how the lunar highlands were formed.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean047 - Apollo 15 (Part 2)||This week we head to the Hadley-Apennine region to explore the surface with Dave Scott and Jim Irwin. Five EVAs, driving around in the lunar rover, and obstinate drills await us!||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean046 - Apollo 15 (Part 1)||Dave Scott and Jim Irwin are headed for Hadley-Apennine, while Al Worden is getting all sorts of science done in lunar orbit. Just what does a Command Module Pilot do, anyway? Find out!||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean045 - Apollo 14 (Part 2)||It's been a long way, but we're here.. for the second part of our coverage of Apollo 14! Getting your lunar hiking boots on, we're headed for Cone Crater!||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean044 - Apollo 14 (Part 1)||Alan Shepard is back in the saddle and headed to the moon with Ed Mitchell and Stu Roosa on Apollo 14. Also I make fun of Ed Mitchell a bunch.||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean043 - Apollo 13 (Part 2)||Apollo 13 is in trouble. But with a lot of clever thinking and a bit of luck, we might just be able to get the crew home.||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean042 - Apollo 13 (Part 1)||It's time to go for the hat trick and attempt NASA's third landing on the moon. After doing this twice already, everything should be smooth sailing. Right?||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean041 - Mission Control||This week we'll talk about Mission Control, the room full of experts that helps keep each NASA human spaceflight mission running smoothly. Where did it come from? What is its role in the mission? And just what are all those guys actually doing anyway?||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean040 - Apollo 12 (Part 2)||Pete Conrad and Alan Bean head to the surface. There are plenty of science experiments to set up, robots to vandalize, and selfies to.. not take.||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean039 - Apollo 12 (Part 1)||Join us as we follow the crew of Apollo 12 into lunar orbit as they prepare to land in the Ocean of Storms. Get your signal conditioning equipment ready because it's going to be a shocking launch!||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSupplemental 4 - Apollo 11 Mission Audio||Listen to some of the actual audio from the Apollo 11 mission. Included is the air to ground audio and flight director loop from the powered descent and landing, as well as about 10 minutes surrounding Armstrong's first step on the surface.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean038 - Apollo 11 (Part 2)||Last time we successfully landed in the Sea of Tranquility with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. But what did they actually do there? And how did they decide who gets out first?||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean037 - Apollo 11 (Part 1)||Columbia and Eagle make the final leg of the journey. It's time to head to the surface.||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean036 - How to Land on the Moon||Don your helmet and gloves, clip into the restraint system, and load up Program 63. It's time to learn how to land on the moon in far more detail than you wanted!||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean035 - Apollo 10||We is down among 'em on this second journey to the moon. Follow the crew as they fly within spitting distance of the lunar surface.||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean034 - Apollo 9||A Gumdrop and a Spider fly into low earth orbit.. no, this isn't the start of a bad joke, it's the start of Apollo 9!||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean033 - Apollo 8 (Part 2)||The stage has been set and the time has come. The crew of Apollo 8 are go for TLI. Let's go to the moon!||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean032 - Apollo 8 (Part 1)||Apollo 8 was humanity's first time leaving its home planet, and it was just too big to fit into one episode. Join us this week as we learn about the mission's origins, who will be flying it, and how tricky it is to plan a launch window.||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean031 - Apollo 7||Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walter Cunningham get NASA back on track and fly the first crewed mission of the Apollo Program.||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean030 - Apollo 1||We take a somber look at Apollo 1, the first planned flight of the Apollo Program. We honor the crew and try to learn from their sacrifice.||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean029 - Apollo LM||This week we learn about the ungainly beast, and engineering marvel, that is the Apollo Lunar Module.||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean028 - Apollo CSM||We've talked about the muscle and brains of Apollo, but this week we talk about the heart of every mission: the Apollo Command and Service Modules.||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean027 - Apollo Computers and Software||This week, we discuss the computers and software of the Apollo Program, with a special focus on the memory system of the Apollo Guidance Computer.||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean026 - Boosters and Engines||This week, we take a look at the boosters and engines that lofted Apollo into orbit.||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean025 - From the Ground Up||There's more to getting to the moon than big rockets and zippy spacecraft. This week, we talk about some of the facilities and infrastructure used by NASA in its quest to land humans on the moon.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean024 - A Successor to Mercury||Where did the Apollo Program come from? How were its broad strokes decided? And why are we going to the Moon in the first place?||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean023 - Project Gemini Wrapup||We close the curtain on Project Gemini, revisiting the program and its goals. We also take a quick look back at Project Mercury and a look forward to the Apollo Program to put Gemini in the larger context.||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean022 - Gemini XII||Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin close out Project Gemini and tackle the fundamentals of EVA.||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021 - Gemini XI||Pete Conrad flies Gemini XI to new heights as Dick Gordon works on his space cowboy techniques.||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020 - Gemini X||John Young and Mike Collins make it a double on Gemini X!||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSupplemental 3 - Apollo 8 Genesis Reading||A special Christmas moment from the crew of Apollo 8.||12/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019 - Gemini IX-A||The Mayor of Pad 19 has an appointment with an angry alligator.||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018 - Gemini VIII||Neil Armstrong and David Scott perform the first ever docking in space and then take the Gemini capsule for a spin.||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017 - Gemini VII||Frank Borman and Jim Lovell are in space. They've been there for a while and they've got a ways to go. Let's follow them on their incredible 14 day journey into unexplored territory of human spaceflight endurance.||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016 - Gemini VI-A||Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford have to try a few times to get off the ground while the crew of Gemini VII is already waiting for them in orbit. Find out why VI-A comes after VII!||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015 - Gemini V||Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad may come to regret their slogan of "8 Days or Bust" for the groundbreaking flight of Gemini V.||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014 - Gemini IV||Project Gemini continues with the flight of Jim McDivitt and Ed White aboard Gemini IV. Learn about spacewalks, orbital rendezvous, and how to open a stuck door in space!||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013 - Gemini 3||Gus Grissom and John Young kick off Project Gemini and catch a bite to eat along the way.||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012 - Project Gemini Introduction||Project Gemini was America's second major manned spaceflight program and will take this podcast clear into 2017. Come learn the basics about Project Gemini before we launch into detailed looks at each mission.||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011 - X-15 Flight 91||We follow the X-15 on one more parabolic arc through space and learn more about the pilots who flew it and some of the amazing results of the program.||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010 - X-15 Flight 90||High above the United States desert, the X-15 becomes America's second manned spacecraft and Joe Walker becomes the 7th American to fly in space.||8/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009 - Project Mercury Wrap-up and To the Moon||We revisit Project Mercury while trying to put it into a larger context and examine President Kennedy's decision to send us to the Moon.||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008 - Faith 7||Gordon Cooper becomes the first astronaut to spend a full day in space and brings a successful conclusion to Project Mercury.||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007 - Sigma 7||Wally Schirra and Sigma 7 show us how it's done and pave the way for the one day mission.||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006 - Aurora 7||Science moves to the forefront and Scott Carpenter moves several hundred miles past the landing zone on Aurora 7.||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005 - Friendship 7||John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth and has a close call with a potential heat shield problem.||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSupplemental 2 - Liberty Bell 7 Mission Audio||The complete air to ground transmissions of Mercury-Redstone 4: the flight of Liberty Bell 7.||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004 - Liberty Bell 7||Gus Grissom flies the second and final suborbital flight of Project Mercury.||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSupplemental 1 - Freedom 7 Mission Audio||The complete air to ground transmissions, plus PAO commentary, for the Freedom 7 mission. Thanks to YouTube user lunarmodule5 for the audio. You can find his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/lunarmodule5||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003 - Freedom 7||Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space as he pilots Freedom 7.||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002 - Before the Rise of Mercury||A brief look at the buildup to crewed flights in Project Mercury.||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001 - Introduction||The Space Above Us is a new podcast about the history of NASA human spaceflight.||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Really captures the wonder of the space flight program while having just the right amount of technical talk. A+ would listen again.
Out of this world!
JP Burke presents a consise yet information-dense narrative on the history of manned space flight in the United States. The content is approachable and engaging, making it a great listen for new-comers and fellow enthusiasts alike. JP's passion and enthusiasm for the subject are evident even through his reticent delivery of each episode's topic , intentionally reminiscent of Mike Duncan's History of Rome. Each episode is short and digestible, packed with interesting trivia, and fascinatingly human. This podcast has given me a new appreciation for some truly mind-boggling achievements in the twentieth century.
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Fantastic Space Podcast
Excellent podcast about US space history! I knew a bit about the subject matter going in, and this podcast does a great job being informative and interesting while still explaining things in a way space novices can understand.
Would definitely recommend to anyone with an interest in space flight history!