This quote was taken from a television programme celebrating the 40th anniversay of the BBC:
I am especially interested in the second and third paragraphs from the quote above. Did such a reserve spacecraft exist? If so, why was it launched only a fortnight after the Apollo 11 mission took off?
"It was an enormous event, of course, and overtook the country and the BBC television centre too. We devoted 24 hours of television to it, from the big studio.
"And it was thrilling - we cleared all the programmes and, of course, the Americans had a reserve spacecraft ready, in case something went wrong with the first one.
"So a fortnight later, that one went off too and I thought it was just the most thrilling thing."
This is the first time I have heard anyone refer to a reserve spacecraft being used for the first lunar landing - is this true? Attenborough is a fairly reliable source since he presented the BBC television coverage of this particlar event (he was also BBC Television Director of Programmes at that time).
Can anyone shed some light on this?
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