Space Rocket History: Well Worth the Listen!

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(Updated on August 1st, 2014)

Thanks to the guys at the Aviation Xtended podcast, my attention was directed to Michael Annis’ Space Rocket History podcast. This fantastic show is covering our voyage into space from the earliest rocket pioneers right up to the present day.

I really can’t recommend this show highly enough and have been listening to the early episodes in high rotation. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve listened to about 40 episodes and I’m loving every one of them.

Update: August 1st, 2014:
Having just listened to Episode 73 (Gemini VIII with Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott – Part 2), I’m finally caught up with all the episodes that have been released. I also scored a shout-out in Episode 72 (Gemini VIII with Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott – Part 1) after making a donation to help keep the show running.

Suffice to say, the show continues to be well produced with excellent detail and information about our flights into space. Here’s hoping Mike can keep the energy going and continue on producing shows up to the ISS, Spaceship 2 and beyond :)

Show: Space Rocket History SpaceRocketHistory-logo
Style: Historical review, each episode covering a specific mission (or set of related missions)
Online at: Space Rocket History Website (http://spacerockethistory.com/)
Facebook page
@SpaceRocketHist on Twitter
First Episode: Feb 2013
Overview:

Space Rocket History is a labour of love by Mike as he works hard to present detailed coverage of mankind’s steps out of our atmosphere. From the ancient Chinese rockets & Greek steam “engine” through World War 2, Sputnik, Telstar, Mercury and beyond, each episode covers a specific topic in amazing detail.

Mike’s level of research is fantastic and he really digs in deep to uncover the details & specifications of equipment, mission parameters and results. His narration is supported by audio clips where possible and each episode has plenty of photos & additional information in the show notes on the website.

At the time of writing, Mike has produced 70 episodes and is currently covering the early Gemini missions and lunar exploration probes. Many missions are taking more than one episode to cover & I suspect this will be the case for future, more complex missions, especially the Apollo series.

Grant’s Thoughts:

I’ve always been a fan of space missions and our steps beyond the cradle of planet Earth so to find an audio series dedicated to recording & summarising these efforts has been a wonderful encounter. I don’t always have time to stop & watch TV documentaries and, due to my workload, reading books can take a while (that said, I’m always trying to grab time here & there to read :) ). Being able to listen to Mike’s information as I drive or perform manual chores is a major benefit.

Mike’s work is impeccable and his presentation is informative and well paced. He is to be credited for taking the effort to produce this show and I highly recommend you add it to your podcatcher as soon as possible, especially if you’re at all interested in our efforts to go into space. If you enjoy it, please also take the time to donate & rate his show highly on iTunes. As a podcast producer myself, I can recognise effort & enthusiasm and applaud Mike’s willingness to make this show happen. Highly recommended!

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