Helen Keen's It Is Rocket Science

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03012014040220170301 (R4)

A new series of Helen Keen's comic but scientifically accurate look at the science and history of space exploration.

This week's episode looks at how we might one day travel to Mars and beyond, and discusses the problems of long space voyages, with tips on a rather unsavoury way to stop cosmic rays and what to do if you feel like eating your crewmates.

Starring Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill

Produced by Gareth Edwards.

030220140409

The only radio comedy programme to give you an accurate overview of the science of space travel.

This episode examines humanity's enduring obsession with UFOs. How long have we been seeing them? What might they really be? And what questions might their possible occupants be asking about us?

Starring Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill

Produced by Gareth Edwards.

03032014041620170222 (R4)

The only factually accurate comedy about the history of space exploration looks at the forgotten and unacknowedged greats of astronomy, the men and (mainly) women who advanced our undestanding of the stars but never quite received the fame they deserved. People such as 18th Century disabled genius Caroline Herschel who polished lenses with dung and discovered new stars; and human computer Henrietta Swann Leavitt who taught Hubble a method for working out the distances between the stars and narrowly missed out on a Nobel prize when it turned out she had died some years earlier.

Starring Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane.

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill

Produced by Gareth Edwards.

0304 LAST20140423

Last in the series of the comic but factually accurate history of space exploration. This week we look at Astronomical Errors. How mistakes have shaped the history of rocket science, including how the universe is made out of ice, or possibly isn't; when you should keep quiet about the shape of the solar system; and some of the more surprising activities of unpredictable genius Isaac Newton.

Starring Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane

Written by Helen Keen and Miriam Underhill

Produced by Gareth Edwards.