Sometimes it’s hard for me to do this, down in my screens as I so often am.
Remember the August day in 2017 where everybody in North America watched the moon eclipse the sun?
There we were, all looking up—through our cereal boxes and paper plates and sunglasses that might possibly eternally burn out our retinas—and thinking about the moon.
It was no moon landing, to be sure, but it was something. A collective moment of wonder. Wow, we all thought.
We’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 on July 20—the mission that landed humans on the moon. I was very young, but I was allowed to stay up to see the blurry image of Neil Armstrong. I think. I was pretty sleepy.
Which is why the 50th anniversary of that event means so much to me. What happened? How did these scientists and engineers do it? I’m old enough now to be astonished.
The BBC production of 13 Minutes to the Moon is terrific—a juicy ten episodes of 40+ minutes each, tons of interviews, plenty of surprises.
For a drama where you know from the get-go exactly what happens, this is brilliant storytelling. The final 13 minutes before the landing? You won’t believe all the stuff going on.
Listening to this podcast, I find myself looking up.
Photo: Crescents from the eclipse as seen on my stadium chair at the Laguardo Recreation Area, Lebanon, Tennessee. August 21, 2017.