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Apollo 13

September 21, 2017
Whether there would be time for forensic work before the spacecraft died was unclear—something Liebergot understood better than anyone...

Soyuz 11

September 14, 2017
TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger takes you through the Soyuz 11 mission and the events that make it one of the most harrowing space missions of all time.

Mir

September 7, 2017
It can be oddly peaceful inside a dying spacecraft. That was not something Michael Foale ever suspected—and with good reason. When...

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Space does not wish you well. It has no shortage of ways to kill you, and in the fifty years humans have been flying spacecraft around the Earth and out to the moon, the mortal perils have been evident. But ten of the missions were the most harrowing of all. Some of them ended in tragedy, some ended successfully—but all of them involved astronauts playing for the very highest stakes in the very deadliest place. Countdown tells the tale of those ten missions—some of them American, some Russian. Written and narrated by Jeffrey Kluger—author of Apollo 13 and Apollo 8—Countdown recreates the space crises that every astronaut has feared, and that an unlucky handful were forced to live.

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More Episodes

Apollo 13

September 21, 2017
Whether there would be time for forensic work before the spacecraft died was unclear—something Liebergot understood better than anyone...

Soyuz 11

September 14, 2017
TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger takes you through the Soyuz 11 mission and the events that make it one of the most harrowing space missions of all time.

Mir

September 7, 2017
It can be oddly peaceful inside a dying spacecraft. That was not something Michael Foale ever suspected—and with good reason. When...

Luca

August 31, 2017
Space has a lot of ways to kill you. It’s a beautiful place to contemplate and a thrilling place to visit, but for all its appeal, it’s...

Apollo 12

August 24, 2017
Pete Conrad had no business trying to fly to the moon on a rainy morning in November of 1969. And NASA, by the look of things, had no...

Gemini 9

August 17, 2017
If Gemini 9 started off under a curse, the bad fortune seemed determined to stick around. TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger takes you through the...