SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 1996

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
Jan 24STS 51-LThe Challenger disaster 10th anniversary. What happened, the teacher in space, post diaster news conference, President Reagan's and other people's reaction, the Rodger's Commission, and its findings, 10 years and 70 safe flights later.
Jan 31Clyde TombaughClyde's 90th birthday. A look at his achievements, including the discovery of Pluto.
Jan 31European Southern ObservatoryConstruction of the Very Large Telescope. (Coutesy ESO)
Listen or download (9 min 11 s - 8.6 MB)
Feb 28Halley's CometDocumentary on Comet Halley and the space missions to it to mark the 10th anniversry (Edited by A Rennie, not compiled).
Feb 28Discovery of UranusTo mark the 215th anniversary of the discovery of Uranus by William Herschell.
Mar 6Comet HalleyHistory of Comet Halley, what comets are, space missions to it.
Apr 10STS 1To mark the 15th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle mission. Includes John Young, the mission commander, recorded by A Rennie in Australia. Also pre-mission press conference, launch and flight, landing, post-mission comments.
Apr 24Very Large Telescope MirrorThe fabrication of the mirror for the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope. (Coutesy ESO)
Listen or download (13 min 25 s - 12.5 MB)
May 1Mercury 3A documentary to mark the 35th anniverary of America's first manned spaceflight by Alan Shepard. Duration of documnetary was 8 seconds longer than the spaceflight!
May 15STS 77Profile of Australian born NASA astronaut Andrew Thomas - his family history, his career, his astronaut training, and plans for STS 77.
May 22STS 77Recording of the launch of STS 77 with Australian born NASA astronaut Andrew Thomas aboard. Inluded final 20 minutes of countdown and first 15 minutes of flight, post-launch news conference with Loren Schriver (recorded live from NASA select (the phone bill cost us a fortune!)) Also plans for mission, and further profile of Andrew Thomas.
Listen or Download launch portion of programme (14 min 42 s - 13.7 MB)
May 29STS 77NASA Public Affairs Event: Australian media interviews with Andrew Thomas in space, recorded live from NASA as it happened, and played in full. What inane questions! Also, Loren Schriver on preparations for STS 78 in June, and efforts to make shuttle flights routine.
Listen or download (15 min 39 s - 14.6 MB)
May 29STS 77Space Show Special at 9 pm: Live broadcast of the landing of STS 77 (with Australian born Andrew Thomas aboard) at the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. (Did anyone else in Australia broadcast the landing live?)
July 10Name to SaturnInstructions on how to get your name aboard the Cassini spacecraft, which will orbit Saturn.
Listen or download (7 min 29 s - 7.0 MB)
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July 31Optus BFrom Sydney a description of the Optus B communications satellites and the Belrose satellite control room. Recorded at Optus' Melbourne Satellite Ground Station at the time of the aborted launch of Optus B1 in 1992 March.
Listen or download (9 min 54 s - 9.2 MB)
July 24VikingA feature to mark the 20th anniversary of the landing on Mars of the Viking 1 and Viking 2 landers.
Juky 24"Return To Jupiter"A preview of the Australian children's television series "Return To Jupter."
July 24Name to SaturnInstructions on how to get your name aboard the Cassini spacecraft, which will orbit Saturn.
Listen or download (6 min 28 s - 6.1 MB)
Aug 7Life On MarsThe evidence tendered by David McKay and team for fossil life on Mars, using audio from the announcement press conference (20 minutes). Also a refutation by Dr William Schopf (15 minutes).
Aug 14Life On MarsA programme examining the conditions necessary for the origin of life, and how life may have begun on Earth and Mars. Also Dan Goldin, NASA Administrator, scientists and Carl Sagan, and Melbourne school girls. (25 minutes)
Listen or download Girls Comments (3 min 43 s - 3.4 MB)
Aug 21Life On MarsAn examination of the claim of finding ancient life on Mars. Used material from NASA, and other sources. (27 Minutes)
Aug 28Soyuz T-615th anniversary of the launch of Soyuz T-6 carrying Frenchman Jean-Loup Chrétien.
Nov 13Mars Global Surveyor LaunchDelayed commentary of launch
Nov 13Mars - The Search BeginsDocumentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Mars orbit insertion of the Mariner 9 spacecraft on 1971 Nov 14. (20 minutes)
Dec 4Pathfinder LaunchA live broadcast from Cape Canaveral of the launch of the Pathfinder mission to Mars. Countdown, launch, stage separation. Commentary by Andrew Rennie and Brendan Scott using NASA Select feed via Tidbinbilla.
Listen or download (19 min 40 s - 18.4 MB)
Dec 4Pathfinder Interplanetary InjectionA live broadcast from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the third stage burn of the Delta rocket launching the Pathfinder mission to Mars. Also, live from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, the capture of the ORPHEUS-SPAS 2 satellite by the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS 80. Commentary by Andrew Rennie using NASA Select feed via Tidbinbilla.
Listen or download (31 min 47 s - 29.8 MB)