BBC World News celebrates 40th anniversary of moon landings

BBC World News is coming up with a special season of programming in July to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the extraordinary 1969 moon landings. The programmes will explore the history and geology of the moon, how those initial steps have impacted on our lives today, and the future of space tourism.

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Jul 4, 2009 10:03 AM Updated: Jul 4, 2009 10:03 AM
BBC World News celebrates 40th anniversary of moon landings

BBC World News is coming up with a special season of programming in July to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the extraordinary 1969 moon landings. The programmes will explore the history and geology of the moon, how those initial steps have impacted on our lives today, and the future of space tourism.

The programme line-up will include a special edition of ‘The Sky at Night’, which features an exclusive interview with Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon. Sir Patrick Moore and guests take a nostalgic look at the achievements and impact of the Apollo missions and using a sample of genuine moon dust, discuss what has been learnt about our moon. It will broadcast on July 18 at 1500 and 2300 IST and on July 19 at 0700 and 2000 IST.

Another programme, which will be broadcast on July 11 1440 and 2240 IST and on July 12 at 0640, 1940 IST, is ‘The Moon’. ‘The Moon’ revisits ancient societies, who saw the moon as its pantheon, looks back at the monumental moon landings in the 1960s and investigates the concept of space tourism in modern day.

The special edition of BBC World News’ flagship travel programme ‘Fast:track’ heads to New Mexico to look at the reality of space tourism. The ‘Fast:track’ team begin their journey at the planned site for the world’s first commercial spaceport with a fly-past by Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnight Two aircraft. Karen Bowerman speaks to the designer of a lunar landscape in the US, where NASA created a replica of the 1960s moon landing site. Plus, Carmen Roberts reports from New South Wales on why many experts consider Australia to be the best place in the world to view the stars. ‘Fast:track’ broadcast times: July 12 at 1000, July 14 at 0100 and July 15 at 2100.

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