Space

Space

United Kingdom

Stories, opinion and debate from the final frontier – including a guide on how to live in space, 20th century legends and the stories of missions past and present.

Episodes

The Beagle 2 Mission to Mars  

On Christmas Day 2003, a British space craft was due to land on Mars and begin searching for signs of life. The late Professor Colin Pillinger describes the daring mission. Originally broadcast December 2015.

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Reaching for the Stars  

What does the future hold for human space exploration? With more countries getting involved and costs falling, ambitious projects are being proposed. Broadcast December 2015.

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A Trip Around Mars - 2  

Mountains straight out of Tolkien, catastrophic floods and streams gushing with boiling and freezing water. Kevin Fong tours Mars. Originally broadcast 29 April 2013.

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A Trip Around Mars - 1  

Kevin Fong visits landscapes that inspire scientists and artists to imagine, including volcanoes that dwarf Everest and extreme canyons. Originally broadcast 22 April 2013.

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Skylab Falls to Earth  

In 1979, the American space station, Skylab, re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. Large fragments hit SW Australia instead of the Indian Ocean. Originally broadcast 11 July 2013.

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How to Survive in Space: Deep Space  

How science, engineering and medicine come together to get fragile human life safely into space. Where should our ambitions lie? Originally broadcast 31 December 2015.

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How to Survive in Space: Into Orbit  

How science, engineering and medicine are trying to understand the limits of human physiology to ensure survival in space. Originally broadcast 30 December 2015.

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Commander Chris Hadfield on Desert Island Discs  

Commander Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station, chooses the eight discs he would take to a desert island. Originally broadcast 20 December 2015.

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The Apollo 13 Space Emergency  

In 1970, three American astronauts were heading to the moon when disaster struck. Astronaut Fred Haise describes what happened. Originally broadcast 14 April 2010.

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Why Does The Moon Fascinate Us So Much?  

Why has the moon fascinated humans for so long? The moon in culture, how it affects life on Earth and what the moon is really like. Originally broadcast 21 July 2014.

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Capturing Space  

A discussion on how our understanding of space has been forged both by art, film, music and science. Originally broadcast 22 December 2015.

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Food on Mars  

What would it take to grow food extra-terrestrially? We explore the science that is being developed to grow food in space. Originally broadcast 8 November 2015

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Sounds of Space 2: Deep Space  

Take a sonic tour of the universe - this time, deep into the cosmos. Some sounds are recorded sound, others are data that have been sonified. Originally broadcast 7 July 2015.

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The First Woman in Space  

Salute Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. In June 1963, she boarded Vostok 6 at Baikonur cosmodrome and went into orbit. Originally broadcast 21 June, 2013.

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Launching the Hubble Space Telescope  

In 1990 the Hubble Telescope was launched into space, but the first pictures it sent back to earth were out of focus. Originally broadcast 23 April 2010.

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Space Wars  

War in space is not just Hollywood fantasy - it's a fast-approaching threat. Military minds believe wars will be fought on Earth - and above it. Broadcast on 19 December 2015.

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Sounds of Space 1: The Solar System  

The previously silent world of outer space is getting noisier. Listen in to sounds recorded on board spacecraft and sonifications of space data. Originally broadcast 30 June 2015.

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Space Medicine  

The skin suit that combats the effects of microgravity, pushing human physiology and psychology to the limit, and the 'Overview' effect.Originally broadcast on 16 December 2015

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Enceladus: Is There Life On Saturn's Moon?  

Saturn’s moon Enceladus has giant geysers blasting water into space at supersonic speeds. Does it also harbour life beneath its crust? Originally broadcast on 14 Dec 2016.

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Star Wars - C3PO's story  

The actor who plays the galaxy's most famous protocol droid remembers filming the first Star Wars movie in the mid-1970s. Originally broadcast 17 December 2015.

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