A podcast from The Conversation exploring the last 50 years of space exploration and the 50 years to come.
Marking 50 years since the first moon landing, To the moon and beyond is a five-part podcast series from The Conversation. Through interviews with academic experts around the world – from space scientists to historians, lawyers, futurists and a former astronaut – science journalist Miriam Frankel and space scientist Martin Archer explore the past 50 years of space exploration and what the 50 years ahead have in store.

Latest Episodes

To the moon and beyond 3: The new space race and what winning it looks like

From Algeria to Vietnam, there are 72 countries with some sort of space programme. And the new space race involves a number of private companies too, that are becoming increasingly crucial to national missions. In the third episode of To the moon and beyond, we find out who some of the key players are in this new space race, what they are competing for and what winning looks like. Space exploration…

5 Hosts: Martin Archer, Miriam Frankel, John M. Horack and 2 other

To the moon and beyond 2: how humanity reacted to the moon landing and why it led to conspiracy theories

In the second episode of The Conversation's To the moon and beyond podcast series, we take a look at the impact going to the moon had on humanity -- and why it generated so many conspiracy theories. While an estimated half a billion people tuned in to watch the moon landings on television in late July 1969, what about those who didn't have access to one? We hear from Keith Gottschalk, a political scientist…

7 Hosts: Miriam Frankel, Martin Archer, Alice Gorman and 4 other

To the moon and beyond 1: What we learned from landing on the moon and why we stopped going

Welcome to the first episode of To the moon and beyond, a brand new global podcast series from The Conversation marking 50 years since the first moon landing in July 1969. Humanity has the moon landings to thank for a lot. But what did we actually learn from exploring the lunar surface? Why did we stop going there after just a few short years? And when -- and who -- will be going back next? In this…

5 Hosts: Miriam Frankel, Martin Archer, Bonnie J. Dunbar and 2 other

To the moon and beyond podcast series – Trailer

It's been 50 years since Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind by becoming the first person to set foot on the lunar surface. While the historic event was followed by six further crewed missions -- five of which landed -- nobody has been back to the moon since the astronauts of Apollo 17 bid their goodbyes in 1972. A growing number of countries and private companies have since started exploring…

2 Hosts: Miriam Frankel and Martin Archer