Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission (Part 1) How we nearly didn't land on the Moon.
Despite Kennedy's stated ambition the USA space programme was not in good shape and there were to be many technical challenges and disasters on the way. Amazing to think that today's mobile phones have more computing power than was available to the lunar astronauts at that time.
And as for the astronauts' return journey it was a once only chance!
In this talk David explains the background to the space programme, the competition with the Russians in the Cold War and how the iconic mission may have failed with disastrous consequences.
After the meeting we hope to observe the Moon if conditions allow.