Moons
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THE OPEN UNIVERSITY PROSPECTUS

FIRING A LASER BEAM AT THE MOON

Brian Cox travels to the McDonald Observatory to discover the importance of mirrors on the Moon, and fires a laser directly to its surface. Fascinating documentary from the BBC.

MOON OLYMPICS

If you want to take this further, find out what it would be like to play sports on the Moon by competing in the Moon Olympics.

APOLLO 13: HOUSTON, WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM

This film depicts attempts to return the crewmen of the Apollo 13 mission safely to earth following an explosion onboard the service module. The film emphasises the Mission Control and spacecraft teamwork that overcame the life-or-death problems of Apollo 13, as well as the worldwide reaction to the crisis. Listen out for the famous quotation by Jack Swigert at 4:43 into the video. Warning: this video is 150mb in size. For this reason, we recommend that you access the link over a WiFi connection rather than a 3G or 4G connection, which could prove costly depending on your mobile data tariff.

2014 MASURSKY LECTURE BY CMDR DAVID SCOTT

If you can spare 40 minutes, this excellent and entertaining lecture by David Scott of Apollo 15, given in Houston in March 2014, is well worth it.

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