UKNY for July 21
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. (Neil A. Armstrong/NASA via AP, file)
Tonight's UKNY at 11 is in love with the moon. The 50th anniverary of the Apollo 11 mission has recaptured everyone's imagination this week: the eight thrilling (and at times worrying) days in space from July 16-24, 1969.
The lunar rendezvous of moonwalkers Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on July 21, and the orbit of Michael Collins around that mysterious sphere as he waited for the return of his compadres — all would not have been possible without the hard, years-long work of thousands of NASA scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and volunteers on the ground below to accomplish what once seemed impossible. It was the dream of President John F. Kennedy too.
I'm no different — I've been completely absorbed by everything I've read and heard about Apollo 11 this week, especially the films "Eight Days: To the Moon and Back" and "Apollo 11" — and for tonight's hour, from 11 to midnight, moonlit songs by Public Service Broadcasting, Foals, Bernice, Ezra Collective, Laura Mvula, Lemon Jelly and more.
Out gazing at the moon? Catch up to UKNY on demand in the Weekend Archives.
1. Public Service Broadcasting, “Go!,” The Race for Space
2. Blur, “Though I Was a Spaceman,” The Magic Whip
3. Ezra Collective, “Space is the Place (reprise),” You Can’t Steal My Joy
4. Django Django, “High Moon,” Born Under Saturn
5. This is the Kit, “Moonshine Freeze (Drones Club remix),” Moonshine Freeze Remixes EP
6. Lemon Jelly, “Space Walk,” Lost Horizons
7. (Portland, OR, US) Moon Duo, “Stars are the Light,” Stars are the Light
8. Foals, “Moonlight,” Everything Not Saved Will be Lost, Pt. 1
9. (Toronto, Canada) Bernice, “He’s the Moon,” Puff LP: in the air without a shape
10. Public Service Broadcasting, “The Race for Space,” The Race for Space
11. Laura Mvula, “Sing to the Moon,” Laura Mvula with Metropole Orkest
12. GoGo Penguin, “A Hundred Moons,” A Humdrum Star