QI elves Dan, James, Anna and Andy discuss Plato, pizza and pliable planes. [more inside]
For All Mankind: Nixon's Women Season 1, Ep 3
After the USSR lands the the first woman on the Moon, NASA scrambles to assemble a crop of women astronaut candidates, known as ASCANs. The candidates endure months of extremely difficult training, steadily winnowing their number. Women around the world are inspired by the Soviet cosmonaut and the NASA ASCANs.
For All Mankind: He Built the Saturn V Season 1, Ep 2
Director von Braun opposes President Nixon's directive, with dire consequences. [more inside]
For All Mankind: Red Moon Season 1, Ep 1
NASA is in crisis as the Soviets land the first man on the moon in 1969, the beginning of an alternate history. [more inside]
Star Trek: Voyager: One Small Step Rewatch Season 6, Ep 8
My god… It's full of space garbage… [more inside]
In 2003 the space shuttle Columbia was returning from two weeks in orbit. It was a routine mission. So routine that most of America barely paid attention. Until something went terribly wrong. Many of us watched shuttle break apart over Texas on television. All seven of the crew members were lost. Jon Clark's wife, Laurel, was one of them, and her death that day inspired his life's work: helping get more people to space. [more inside]
A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.
The finale of the 2015 Summer Season. "The nation deserves an accounting -- a full accounting -- of what really happened in Ed Dwight's case. And so does every Negro boy and girl who ever aspired to the stars." -- Ebony, 1965 [more inside]