Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science

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Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane star in this funny, off-beat but factually accurate account of the science of rockets and the brilliant but occasionally warped brains behind it all.

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill.
Produced by Gareth Edwards

This week we look at the three fathers of modern rocket science: 19th Century self-taught Russian visionary Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky and his dreams of orbiting space stations and Martian colonies; American Robert H Goddard, derided in The New York Times in the 1920s for his prediction of a lunar landing (they printed a retraction the day after the Apollo 11 launch); Transylvanian-German Hermann Oberth with his brilliant theories about space travel and his horrifying theories about racial supremacy. Plus Helen reveals the surprising connection between space travel and a coach tour of the Jewels of the Rhineland.

It is performed by Helen Keen, and stars Peter Serafinowicz as The Voice of Space, with other parts played by Susy Kane.

The remarkable true history of rockets and the men, women and animals behind them.

A comic but scientifically-accurate look at the science and history of space exploration.

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Helen Keen presents her off-beat but true account of the history of space flight, aided by Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane. This week how Wernher Von Braun went from SS officer to American space supremo to Disney children's presenter; America's home-grown rocket genius Jack Parsons and his unhealthy interest in Satanism; and the surprising story of Fix the French Space Cat.

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill
Produced by Gareth Edwards

It Is Rocket Science is performed by Helen Keen and stars Peter Serafinowicz as the Voice of Space, with all other parts played by Susy Kane.

The unusual career trajectory of Wernher von Braun - from Nazi to Disney.

A comic but scientifically-accurate look at the science and history of space exploration.

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Helen Keen presents her off-beat, comic but factually correct history of space travel, starring Peter Serafinowicz as The Voice of Space with other parts played by Susy Kane.

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill
Produced by Gareth Edwards

This week, we take a look at the breathtaking drama of the space race and its evil twin the Cold War; the brilliant but secret life and tragically banal death of the Soviet Union's best rocket science; and the surprising tale of the last man on the moon (so far) and the songs he sang.

The series stars stars Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2011.

The Cold War, the space race and the last man on the moon.

A comic but scientifically-accurate look at the science and history of space exploration.

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Helen Keen presents her off-beat comic take on the history of rocket science starring Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane.

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill
Produced by Gareth Edwards

This week Helen asks if humanity will ever make it to the stars, and ponders some of the greater mysteries of the universe, such as time travel, parallel universes and faster than light travel. And have aliens ever made it here? And if so have they been tempted to use their vastly superior intelligence to really clean up in pub quizzes.

Performed by Helen Keen and stars Peter Serafinowicz as the Voice of Space with other parts played by Susy Kane.

Can we make it to the stars? Quirky true history with Helen Keen and Peter Serafinowicz.

A comic but scientifically-accurate look at the science and history of space exploration.