8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds. That’s the total duration of the most important and celebrated space mission ever flown - Apollo 11, when humans first set foot on the Moon. It was a journey that changed the way we think about our place in the universe. To find out more, visit the BBC programme page.
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8 Days: To the Moon and Back
The untold story of Apollo 11 told in the voices of the first men to step foot on the Moon.
Available on BBC iPlayerBBC Two on Saturday
27th July 2019 at 1:05AM
It's 50 years since man landed on the Moon. Original archive and drama reconstruction reveal the untold story of this incredible journey.
We've only seen a fraction of what happened during the first Moon landing - a handful of iconic stills and a few precious hours of movie footage. Now it’s time to discover the full story. Using dramatic reconstruction, declassified cockpit audio recorded by the astronauts themselves and film archive, this is the untold story of the first Moon landing.
Original archive footage from the Apollo programme is combined with newly shot film and cinematic CGI to create the ultimate documentary of the ultimate human adventure.
Use our Virtual Microscope to examine a selection of Moon rocks collected by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.Take part now ❯Explore Moon rocks collected from the first Moon landing
Tara Hayden of the School of Physical Sciences at The Open University, explores the Apollo legacy and the future of human exploration.Read now ❯To the Moon and beyond
Without the work of the lead Apollo flight software designer, Margaret Hamilton, the Eagle would not have landed on the Moon.Read now ❯Margaret Hamilton: Spaceship Programmer and Software Pioneer
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You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.Learn more ❯BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences)
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As the only planetary body everyone is familiar with seeing in the sky, the Moon has long been an object of fascination and speculation. This free course will teach you about the nearest planetary body to Earth: the missions to the Moon, the basic facts of its composition, the cratering on its surface, and the ancient eruptions that flooded many low-lying areas.Learn more ❯The Moon
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The OU Academic supporting this series has been chosen for his ability to advise on the programme’s subject area.
Dr Mahesh Anand, Reader in Planetary Science and Exploration
Mahesh's research is about understanding the origin and evolution of water and other associated volatiles in the Solar System. In order to address these questions, he leads a team of researchers comprising of PhD students, postdocs and international collaborators to analyse samples from Moon, Mars and asteroids for their elemental and isotopic composition using modern analytical instrumentation.