This week we catch up with Kevin Fong about the new series of his award-winning podcast 13 Minutes to the Moon.
Whereas the first series celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest scientific achievements, the Moon landing, the new season follows an event that resulted in one of our worst disasters – an explosion aboard the spacecraft Apollo 13.
We discuss what happened on this ill-fated mission, how it impacted the astronauts and staff at Mission Control, and whether catastrophe at space could ever happen again.
If you have a burning science question you want an expert to answer, send them to us on twitter at @sciencefocus, and we may answer them in a future episode.
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Listen to more episodes of the Science Focus Podcast:
- Kevin Fong: Why is the Moon landing still relevant 50 years on?
- Kathryn D. Sullivan: What is it really like to walk in space?
- Dr Erin Macdonald: Is there science in Star Trek?
- Dr Becky Smethurst: How do you actually find a black hole?
- Mike Garrett: Is there anybody out there?
- Monica Grady: What is the future of space science?
- Richard Wiseman: The mindset behind the Moon landing
Bonus content from BBC Sky at Night Magazine: