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20190709

The Moon & Us is a two part documentary celebrating 50 years since humans first walked on the moon in July 1969. We reveal the Welsh people involved in the success of the Apollo missions and explore the legacy left behind - inspiring generations. It was an event that united people all over the world who had access to TV sets to watch humanity stand, for the first time, on an alien world.
The first episode puts the moon landing in its historic context. 1969 was a remarkable year in many ways, especially in the US. President Nixon came to power; there were huge protests about the war in Vietnam, and Americans soldiers starting to pull out and there was the event that changed the history of rock and roll - Woodstock. The music of that year is instantly recognisable, and the series gives us a flavour of not just the space highlights but the atmosphere and sounds of that special year.
This first episode describes the legacy of key engineer, the late Tecwyn Roberts, from Anglesey, through interviews given by some mission control legends; Glynn Lunney, and flight director on the Apollo 11 mission itself, Gene Kranz. There could have been no landing without the meticulous maps that astronomers had provided of the moon’s surface, and one female astronomer, Barbara Middlehurst, born and raised in Penarth, is credited as being one of the most important moon mappers. We hear from Welsh/Canadian George Abbey, who became possibly one of the most influential, and controversial, leaders in NASA’s history. He was working at mission control throughout the Apollo programme, building relationships with the astronauts, but sadly lost three of them when Apollo 1 caught fire on the launch pad. After the days of Apollo, George became responsible for choosing all the Shuttle Astronauts.
Taking us on this journey of celebration is presenter Elin Rhys, who watched the moon landing in awe at the age of 12, and who has been a space nut ever since, never believing she would eventually meet some NASA legends. Her guide in Houston Texas is proud Welsh/ Canadian astronaut Dr. Dafydd Rhys Williams, a veteran shuttle astronaut and medical specialist. During his flights on Columbia and Endeavour, he carried out unique research into neurology, built sections of the International Space Station, and carried Welsh memorabilia with him, clocking up over 17 hours of space walks. He was, like so many voices in this first episode, inspired by the bravery, genius and dedication of not only the Apollo astronauts, but the army of engineers and scientists that made it possible. This first episode ends a few moments before the landing, when a bunch of men in mission control were holding their breath, ‘about to turn blue....’

A celebration of the first moon landing and the Welsh people who played vital roles.

A special documentary celebrating the anniversary of the moon landing.

2019070920190710 (RW)

The Moon & Us is a two part documentary celebrating 50 years since humans first walked on the moon in July 1969. We reveal the Welsh people involved in the success of the Apollo missions and explore the legacy left behind - inspiring generations. It was an event that united people all over the world who had access to TV sets to watch humanity stand, for the first time, on an alien world.
The first episode puts the moon landing in its historic context. 1969 was a remarkable year in many ways, especially in the US. President Nixon came to power; there were huge protests about the war in Vietnam, and Americans soldiers starting to pull out and there was the event that changed the history of rock and roll - Woodstock. The music of that year is instantly recognisable, and the series gives us a flavour of not just the space highlights but the atmosphere and sounds of that special year.
This first episode describes the legacy of key engineer, the late Tecwyn Roberts, from Anglesey, through interviews given by some mission control legends; Glynn Lunney, and flight director on the Apollo 11 mission itself, Gene Kranz. There could have been no landing without the meticulous maps that astronomers had provided of the moon’s surface, and one female astronomer, Barbara Middlehurst, born and raised in Penarth, is credited as being one of the most important moon mappers. We hear from Welsh/Canadian George Abbey, who became possibly one of the most influential, and controversial, leaders in NASA’s history. He was working at mission control throughout the Apollo programme, building relationships with the astronauts, but sadly lost three of them when Apollo 1 caught fire on the launch pad. After the days of Apollo, George became responsible for choosing all the Shuttle Astronauts.
Taking us on this journey of celebration is presenter Elin Rhys, who watched the moon landing in awe at the age of 12, and who has been a space nut ever since, never believing she would eventually meet some NASA legends. Her guide in Houston Texas is proud Welsh/ Canadian astronaut Dr. Dafydd Rhys Williams, a veteran shuttle astronaut and medical specialist. During his flights on Columbia and Endeavour, he carried out unique research into neurology, built sections of the International Space Station, and carried Welsh memorabilia with him, clocking up over 17 hours of space walks. He was, like so many voices in this first episode, inspired by the bravery, genius and dedication of not only the Apollo astronauts, but the army of engineers and scientists that made it possible. This first episode ends a few moments before the landing, when a bunch of men in mission control were holding their breath, ‘about to turn blue....’

A celebration of the first moon landing and the Welsh people who played vital roles.

A special documentary celebrating the anniversary of the moon landing.

2019070920190714 (RW)

The Moon & Us is a two part documentary celebrating 50 years since humans first walked on the moon in July 1969. We reveal the Welsh people involved in the success of the Apollo missions and explore the legacy left behind - inspiring generations. It was an event that united people all over the world who had access to TV sets to watch humanity stand, for the first time, on an alien world.
The first episode puts the moon landing in its historic context. 1969 was a remarkable year in many ways, especially in the US. President Nixon came to power; there were huge protests about the war in Vietnam, and Americans soldiers starting to pull out and there was the event that changed the history of rock and roll - Woodstock. The music of that year is instantly recognisable, and the series gives us a flavour of not just the space highlights but the atmosphere and sounds of that special year.
This first episode describes the legacy of key engineer, the late Tecwyn Roberts, from Anglesey, through interviews given by some mission control legends; Glynn Lunney, and flight director on the Apollo 11 mission itself, Gene Kranz. There could have been no landing without the meticulous maps that astronomers had provided of the moon’s surface, and one female astronomer, Barbara Middlehurst, born and raised in Penarth, is credited as being one of the most important moon mappers. We hear from Welsh/Canadian George Abbey, who became possibly one of the most influential, and controversial, leaders in NASA’s history. He was working at mission control throughout the Apollo programme, building relationships with the astronauts, but sadly lost three of them when Apollo 1 caught fire on the launch pad. After the days of Apollo, George became responsible for choosing all the Shuttle Astronauts.
Taking us on this journey of celebration is presenter Elin Rhys, who watched the moon landing in awe at the age of 12, and who has been a space nut ever since, never believing she would eventually meet some NASA legends. Her guide in Houston Texas is proud Welsh/ Canadian astronaut Dr. Dafydd Rhys Williams, a veteran shuttle astronaut and medical specialist. During his flights on Columbia and Endeavour, he carried out unique research into neurology, built sections of the International Space Station, and carried Welsh memorabilia with him, clocking up over 17 hours of space walks. He was, like so many voices in this first episode, inspired by the bravery, genius and dedication of not only the Apollo astronauts, but the army of engineers and scientists that made it possible. This first episode ends a few moments before the landing, when a bunch of men in mission control were holding their breath, ‘about to turn blue....’

A celebration of the first moon landing and the Welsh people who played vital roles.

A special documentary celebrating the anniversary of the moon landing.

20190716

The Moon & Us is a two part documentary celebrating 50 years since humans first walked on the moon in July 1969. It was an event that united people all over the world who had access to TV sets to watch humanity stand, for the first time, on an alien world.
The second episode starts as the lunar module Eagle makes its descent onto the moon’s surface. Those vital seconds caused the men in mission control to hold their breath as unexplained alarms sounded and Armstrong took over manual control, with very little fuel left, in order to find a better place to land. The flight director was Gene Kranz, the legendary guy in the waistcoat. Presenter Elin Rhys, a life-long lover of space travel history, sat with him in Houston to talk about the landing and the challenges he faced as the man in control that day. The plan was that Armstrong and Aldrin would rest after landing before exiting the lunar module for a spacewalk. But Armstrong had other plans – and sleep wasn’t one of them. So Gene Kranz’s shift was extended, and the historical moon walk took place. On the other side of the world a Welshman from Cockett in Swansea was also holding his breath. His name was Edward ‘Taffy’ Bowen. Already a war hero after he designed air-borne radar enabling us to win the Battle of Britain in World War 2, he transferred his skills into radio astronomy and built an iconic radio telescope in Parkes, Australia. Telescopes in the northern hemisphere would have missed the moon walk, and Parkes telescope, despite a massive storm, ensured we all got to see and hear the moon landing and Armstrong’s first words.
But after that small step – where did the giant leap take us? We talk to Welsh scientists, and NASA personnel about the next steps. One of the key drivers post Apollo was Welsh American, George Abbey, his mother from Laugharne. George chose all future astronauts and was key to so many of NASA’s future missions; Apollo- Soyuz, Shuttle, Skylab, and ISS. One astronaut chosen was Dr Dafydd Rhys Williams, a medical expert and astronaut on 2 shuttle missions. His father was born and raised in Bargoed in the Rhymney Valley. He and George appreciate the influence of their Welsh parents. Dafydd takes Elin to the training centre at Houston’s Johnson Space Centre and gets permission to enter the shuttle training mock up. Welsh scientists back home reveal how they were inspired by the Apollo missions. George Abbey, Gene Kranz and Glyn Lunney, another legendary flight director, are now in their late eighties, but have clear ideas about what the future holds for the young people who aspire to be the next generation of astronauts. During the two episodes Elin discovered the genius Welsh brains that helped secure Apollo’s success. The engineer from Anglesey, Tecwyn Roberts, the moon mapper from Penarth, Barbara Middlehurst, the radio physicist Edward Taffy Bowen from Cockett, all part of the history of the Moon and Us.

A celebration of the first moon landing and the Welsh people who played vital roles.

A special documentary celebrating the anniversary of the moon landing.

2019071620190717 (RW)

The Moon & Us is a two part documentary celebrating 50 years since humans first walked on the moon in July 1969. It was an event that united people all over the world who had access to TV sets to watch humanity stand, for the first time, on an alien world.
The second episode starts as the lunar module Eagle makes its descent onto the moon’s surface. Those vital seconds caused the men in mission control to hold their breath as unexplained alarms sounded and Armstrong took over manual control, with very little fuel left, in order to find a better place to land. The flight director was Gene Kranz, the legendary guy in the waistcoat. Presenter Elin Rhys, a life-long lover of space travel history, sat with him in Houston to talk about the landing and the challenges he faced as the man in control that day. The plan was that Armstrong and Aldrin would rest after landing before exiting the lunar module for a spacewalk. But Armstrong had other plans – and sleep wasn’t one of them. So Gene Kranz’s shift was extended, and the historical moon walk took place. On the other side of the world a Welshman from Cockett in Swansea was also holding his breath. His name was Edward ‘Taffy’ Bowen. Already a war hero after he designed air-borne radar enabling us to win the Battle of Britain in World War 2, he transferred his skills into radio astronomy and built an iconic radio telescope in Parkes, Australia. Telescopes in the northern hemisphere would have missed the moon walk, and Parkes telescope, despite a massive storm, ensured we all got to see and hear the moon landing and Armstrong’s first words.
But after that small step – where did the giant leap take us? We talk to Welsh scientists, and NASA personnel about the next steps. One of the key drivers post Apollo was Welsh American, George Abbey, his mother from Laugharne. George chose all future astronauts and was key to so many of NASA’s future missions; Apollo- Soyuz, Shuttle, Skylab, and ISS. One astronaut chosen was Dr Dafydd Rhys Williams, a medical expert and astronaut on 2 shuttle missions. His father was born and raised in Bargoed in the Rhymney Valley. He and George appreciate the influence of their Welsh parents. Dafydd takes Elin to the training centre at Houston’s Johnson Space Centre and gets permission to enter the shuttle training mock up. Welsh scientists back home reveal how they were inspired by the Apollo missions. George Abbey, Gene Kranz and Glyn Lunney, another legendary flight director, are now in their late eighties, but have clear ideas about what the future holds for the young people who aspire to be the next generation of astronauts. During the two episodes Elin discovered the genius Welsh brains that helped secure Apollo’s success. The engineer from Anglesey, Tecwyn Roberts, the moon mapper from Penarth, Barbara Middlehurst, the radio physicist Edward Taffy Bowen from Cockett, all part of the history of the Moon and Us.

A celebration of the first moon landing and the Welsh people who played vital roles.

A special documentary celebrating the anniversary of the moon landing.