Travel To The Moon With David Bowie (360°) [w/ subs]



00:00:03 – ♫ Good Question!♫
00:00:05 – January 8th is the birthday of David Bowie
00:00:08 – a musician who refused to be tethered to earth
00:00:11 – so this week we decided to pick a question we think he would have liked.
00:00:14 – An anonymous tumblr user asked:
00:00:16 – Can you tell me how long it would take to walk to the moon?
00:00:19 – Could I make it there in my lifetime?
00:00:22 – Well, let's set aside the obvious problems of gravity, and temperature, and oxygen, and food, and boredom …
00:00:30 – do I have it in me to travel that distance?
00:00:33 – the moon is more than 200,000 miles away
00:00:37 – could I or you or David Bowie make it there in a lifetime?
00:00:41 – Well, I'm going to try – right now.
00:00:43 – But first we need a little change in perspective.
00:00:48 – To keep things simple – from now on the earth will be back here
00:00:52 – the moon — where I'm headed — is that way
00:00:55 – and the sun is behind you, just rising now
00:00:58 – One more thing – let's say I'm taking my first few steps on July 11, 1969.
00:01:05 – That's the day that David Bowie — 22 years old — released his first big hit: “Space Oddity”
00:01:11 – ♫ “Ground Control to Major Tom.♫
00:01:14 – Appropriate, because this is the same month that the Apollo 11 mission
00:01:19 – is bringing humans to the moon for the first time.
00:01:22 – ♫ “Check ignition and may G**'s love be with you!”♫
00:01:37 – At the end of the first day I've made it 24 miles
00:01:40 – crossing the ozone layer into the stratosphere
00:01:43 – I'm pretty tired out though – I'm not sure what pace I'll be able to keep all the way to the moon.
00:01:48 – Here's a reference point – adventurer Sarah Marquis walked 12,000 miles
00:01:53 – from Siberia to Australia – crossing tundras and mountains and deserts
00:01:55 – and she averaged 18 miles a day.
00:02:02 – I'm not that tough though – so from now on I'll aim for 15 miles a day
00:02:07 – And I'm going to give myself a day off once a week to rest
00:02:11 – 9 days in – July 21st, 1969
00:02:14 – Neil Armstrong just walked on the moon
00:02:16 – But I've got a long way to go, I'm only 144 miles up!
00:02:22 – Nearly a month in now and I've just reached the area of space where the Hubble Telescope will one day orbit
00:02:28 – It won't be launched though for another 21 years
00:02:34 – 2 and half years in – it's 1972
00:02:37 – The earth is finally starting to look a little smaller
00:02:39 – Back there David Bowie is releasing his latest hit from the album Ziggy Stardust
00:02:44 – It’s called ”Starman”
00:02:46 – ♫ “There's a starman waiting in the sky” ♫
00:02:49 – And the moon is about to receive its last human visitors – the Apollo 17 astronauts.
00:02:55 – Its last human visitors until I arrive.
00:03:00 – I'm five years and 22000 miles in – its 1974.
00:03:05 – David Bowie, 27 years old, just released “Rebel Rebel”
00:03:10 – And I've reached the altitude of “geostationary orbit”
00:03:13 – That's a point in space where satellites can hover above a single spot, matching Earth's rotation
00:03:19 – And here comes one now – a weather satellite
00:03:25 – ♫ “… pressure! …” ♫
00:03:29 – ♫ “… Let's dance …” ♫
00:03:32 – ♫ “Streaking cathedral spire … They say” ♫
00:03:39 – It's 2005 and I've been walking for 36 years – it's lonely out in space
00:03:45 – Back on Earth, David Bowie is silent – he's recovering from a heart attack
00:03:49 – But look we've reached the point where the moon and the earth appear to be the same size
00:03:59 – It's 2015, David Bowie is 68 and I've walked more than 200,000 miles
00:04:06 – And here I am, about to jump onto the surface of the moon
00:04:13 – Look down – you can see a footprint left by Buzz Aldrin 46 years ago.
00:04:18 – And look up – there's a tiny Earth, where David Bowie is about to release
00:04:22 – O ne last single before his death before his death – “Lazarus”
00:04:26 – ♫ “Look up here, I'm in heaven” ♫
00:04:31 – He died on January 10th, 2016.
00:04:38 – So yes – you can walk to the moon in a lifetime.
00:04:42 – Or you spend that time doing something just as amazing on earth.


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