Episode 15: A Heart Attack in Deep Space

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Hardly ever discussed, an Apollo astronaut once had a heart attack in lunar orbit, almost a quarter million miles from home. How did he survive?

Narrator: Nancy O’Kane

Production Notes

  • Cardiac telemetry graph is not true bigeminy, but an approximation
  • There is debate whether or not Irwin suffered a “true” heart attack, but given the data, Dr. Berry proceeded as though Irwin did.
  • Apollo XV Command Module “Endeavour” from a still photo taken by Irwin in LM “Falcon” and then multi-planed for animation