On Sunday 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ended a landmark four-day trip on the Apollo 11 spacecraft and made history by becoming the first humans to step foot on the Moon. Forty years since those first “small steps” were taken, BBC Two and BBC Four take a voyage “out of this world” with a month-long Moon Season of programming to celebrate this most momentous historical event, “launching” this summer.
As the season’s centrepiece, Top Gear’s James May makes his own very personal mission to travel to the ends of the Earth in two one-off documentaries.
On BBC Two, James May On The Moon takes the presenter on a personal voyage to fulfil his lifelong dream of flying to the edge of space. Along the way, he meets some astronauts who give their own personal accounts of what it is like to fly to the Moon.
BBC Four then travels 70,000 feet above the Earth to find out more about James May’s intergalactic journey into the unknown, in James May At The Edge Of Space. Flying in a U-2 spy plane, James looks out of his plane to see Planet Earth far below him.
Throughout the rest of the month, BBC Two and BBC Four will celebrate the auspicious events of 20 July 1969 with programmes featuring in-depth interviews and insight from the people who were there at the time, together with amazing restored archive footage.
In addition, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live will mark this landmark historical date through dedicated programming themed around the Moon landings.
BBC Archive is also supporting the Moon Season by releasing a new online collection that tells the story of the Apollo moon missions, how they got off the ground and why they came to an abrupt end.