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Cigarettes & Rocket Fuel

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In the 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, fictional radio station KHCN-AM 4747 carries you back in time with a weekly podcast covering major news stories, social issues and Apollo activities in the spring and summer of 1969 as America enters the final sprint in the race against the Soviets to set foot on the moon.

Latest Episodes

Trailer: Countdown Commences

*Cigarettes and Rocket Fuel* is a podcast from the past, a show-within-a-show and *that* show is an as-it-happens radio talk show on (fictional) radio station KHCN-AM 4747 — Houston, Texas — covering the 1969 Apollo missions and the final sprint in the race against the Soviets to set foot on the moon. Come for the drama. Stay for the 39-cent bacon. Lifting off Feb. 28 and posting until America puts a man on the moon. *Crayola Girl* by Ferrill Gibbs, produced by Brent Busby.

3 MINFEB 20
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Trailer: Countdown Commences

Ready, Set … Hold

It’s March 2, 1969: the Vietnam War is rages on, campus unrest is at an all-time high and America’s new agency, NASA, is racing to put a man on the moon before the year runs out. But, they’ve had a hiccup. The launch of Apollo 9, the first test of the lunar module, has been delayed after the astronauts came down with a common cold. Will this delay U.S. footprints on the moon? Stay tuned.

26 MINFEB 28
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Ready, Set … Hold

Dangerous Duet

It’s March 9, 1969: After a three-day delay, NASA astronauts Rusty Schweickart, Jim McDivitt and David Scott launched out of Earth’s atmosphere on Apollo 9. Their mission? Test the lunar module, which will eventually bring astronauts to the surface of the moon. With the mission going smoothly so far – despite a few vomit incidents – NASA must decide when to land on the moon. Will they bump the flight up to May from the original July date? Stay tuned.

27 MINMAR 7
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Dangerous Duet

Victory Cake

It’s March 16, 1969 and the country is one step closer to beating America's communist enemies, Russia, to the moon. The Apollo 9 mission, flown to ensure the lunar module works properly, splashed down this past week and was a rip-roaring success. The lunar module was built to take humans to the surface of the moon. Will NASA attempt a lunar landing with Apollo 10? Stay tuned …

26 MINMAR 14
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Victory Cake

Welcome to Space City

It's March 23, 1969 and with the incredible success of Apollo 9 secured and Apollo 10 being prepped for a May lift-off, Alex and Andy dig into the story behind how the Manned Spacecraft Center came to be located in a south Texas pasture and why Houston became NASA's home for human spaceflight.

23 MINMAR 21
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Welcome to Space City

We Like Ike

It's March 30, 1969 and our beloved president, Dwight Eisenhower, has died. We at KHCN-AM 4747 are deeply saddened by this news, especially since it could be argued that Ike was the father of NASA. Less than a year after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, and as the country panicked, Ike signed a bill creating the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, a civilian agency "devoted to peaceful purposes."

28 MINMAR 28
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We Like Ike

Mercury Men

It’s April 6, 1969: The weeks between Apollo flights gives Alex and Andy time to look back at Project Mercury, America’s first foray into human spaceflight. The goals of the program were: Orbit a manned spacecraft around Earth, investigate a man’s ability to function in space and recover both man and spacecraft safely. And we accomplished every. Single. One.

29 MINAPR 4
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Mercury Men

Gemini: Bridge to Apollo

It's April 13, 1969 and, if you folks have been following Space Talk Sunday since the beginning, you know what it's time to talk about: Project Gemini. Gemini was NASA second human spaceflight program and bridged the Mercury and Apollo projects. It started in 1965 and had three main objectives: Collect physiological data about the impact of longer spaceflights on astronauts; Conduct spacewalks to determine how astronauts could function outside a spacecraft; and dock one spacecraft to another.

30 MINAPR 11
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Gemini: Bridge to Apollo

Swift and Horrifying

It's April 20, 1969 and KHCN-AM 4747 remembers the three brave Americans who died in the Apollo 1 fire a little more than two years ago. But these heroes – Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee – did not die in vain. Procedures were changed and a newer, safer capsule was designed. The program, likely, was saved.

26 MINAPR 18
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Swift and Horrifying

Taller than Lady Liberty

It's April 27, 1969, and we are just three weeks away from the May launch of Apollo 10 -- the last dress rehearsal before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin attempt to land on the moon this summer. Today we’re talking about the magnificent feat of engineering that will push these brave heroes out of Earth's atmosphere: the Saturn V rocket. It. Is. A. Beast! Standing at more than 360 feet, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty. It was launched for the first time two years ago.

27 MINAPR 25
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Taller than Lady Liberty

Latest Episodes

Trailer: Countdown Commences

*Cigarettes and Rocket Fuel* is a podcast from the past, a show-within-a-show and *that* show is an as-it-happens radio talk show on (fictional) radio station KHCN-AM 4747 — Houston, Texas — covering the 1969 Apollo missions and the final sprint in the race against the Soviets to set foot on the moon. Come for the drama. Stay for the 39-cent bacon. Lifting off Feb. 28 and posting until America puts a man on the moon. *Crayola Girl* by Ferrill Gibbs, produced by Brent Busby.

3 MINFEB 20
Comments
Trailer: Countdown Commences

Ready, Set … Hold

It’s March 2, 1969: the Vietnam War is rages on, campus unrest is at an all-time high and America’s new agency, NASA, is racing to put a man on the moon before the year runs out. But, they’ve had a hiccup. The launch of Apollo 9, the first test of the lunar module, has been delayed after the astronauts came down with a common cold. Will this delay U.S. footprints on the moon? Stay tuned.

26 MINFEB 28
Comments
Ready, Set … Hold

Dangerous Duet

It’s March 9, 1969: After a three-day delay, NASA astronauts Rusty Schweickart, Jim McDivitt and David Scott launched out of Earth’s atmosphere on Apollo 9. Their mission? Test the lunar module, which will eventually bring astronauts to the surface of the moon. With the mission going smoothly so far – despite a few vomit incidents – NASA must decide when to land on the moon. Will they bump the flight up to May from the original July date? Stay tuned.

27 MINMAR 7
Comments
Dangerous Duet

Victory Cake

It’s March 16, 1969 and the country is one step closer to beating America's communist enemies, Russia, to the moon. The Apollo 9 mission, flown to ensure the lunar module works properly, splashed down this past week and was a rip-roaring success. The lunar module was built to take humans to the surface of the moon. Will NASA attempt a lunar landing with Apollo 10? Stay tuned …

26 MINMAR 14
Comments
Victory Cake

Welcome to Space City

It's March 23, 1969 and with the incredible success of Apollo 9 secured and Apollo 10 being prepped for a May lift-off, Alex and Andy dig into the story behind how the Manned Spacecraft Center came to be located in a south Texas pasture and why Houston became NASA's home for human spaceflight.

23 MINMAR 21
Comments
Welcome to Space City

We Like Ike

It's March 30, 1969 and our beloved president, Dwight Eisenhower, has died. We at KHCN-AM 4747 are deeply saddened by this news, especially since it could be argued that Ike was the father of NASA. Less than a year after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, and as the country panicked, Ike signed a bill creating the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, a civilian agency "devoted to peaceful purposes."

28 MINMAR 28
Comments
We Like Ike

Mercury Men

It’s April 6, 1969: The weeks between Apollo flights gives Alex and Andy time to look back at Project Mercury, America’s first foray into human spaceflight. The goals of the program were: Orbit a manned spacecraft around Earth, investigate a man’s ability to function in space and recover both man and spacecraft safely. And we accomplished every. Single. One.

29 MINAPR 4
Comments
Mercury Men

Gemini: Bridge to Apollo

It's April 13, 1969 and, if you folks have been following Space Talk Sunday since the beginning, you know what it's time to talk about: Project Gemini. Gemini was NASA second human spaceflight program and bridged the Mercury and Apollo projects. It started in 1965 and had three main objectives: Collect physiological data about the impact of longer spaceflights on astronauts; Conduct spacewalks to determine how astronauts could function outside a spacecraft; and dock one spacecraft to another.

30 MINAPR 11
Comments
Gemini: Bridge to Apollo

Swift and Horrifying

It's April 20, 1969 and KHCN-AM 4747 remembers the three brave Americans who died in the Apollo 1 fire a little more than two years ago. But these heroes – Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee – did not die in vain. Procedures were changed and a newer, safer capsule was designed. The program, likely, was saved.

26 MINAPR 18
Comments
Swift and Horrifying

Taller than Lady Liberty

It's April 27, 1969, and we are just three weeks away from the May launch of Apollo 10 -- the last dress rehearsal before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin attempt to land on the moon this summer. Today we’re talking about the magnificent feat of engineering that will push these brave heroes out of Earth's atmosphere: the Saturn V rocket. It. Is. A. Beast! Standing at more than 360 feet, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty. It was launched for the first time two years ago.

27 MINAPR 25
Comments
Taller than Lady Liberty