SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 1997

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
JanChina In SpaceThe history of the Chinese space programme, starting in the 1950s. Includes first satellites, recoverable satellites, tracking and command centres and ships, and aims of their programme. (Courtesy CGWM)
Listen or Download (19 min 24 s - 18.1 MB)
JanChinese Academy of Space TechnologyThe satellites and institutes of the Academy. (Courtesy CGWM)
Listen or Download (21 min 20 s - 20.0 MB)
Feb 19Supernova 1987aA documentary to mark the 10th anniverssary of the observation of Supervova 1987a. Included discovery, what a supernova is, search for neutrinos, Australian observations.
Feb 26Project MercuryTo mark the 35th anniversary of the flight of John Glenn, the project history from inception to the flight of Friendship 7.
Mar 5Pioneer 10To mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of Pioneer 10, a description of the craft, its mission, findings and current status.
Apr 23Apollo 16To mark the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission. The clifhanger descent to the moon, the landing, the moonwalks, liftoff and return to Earth.
July 2Isaac Newton and the PrincipiaCommemorating the 310th anniversary of the publication of The Principia, an exploration of the importance of the book.
Jul 9Pathfinder LaunchA replay of part of the 1996 December live broadcast from the 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.
Listen or download 1996 commentary (19 min 40 s - 18.4 MB)
Jul 9Pathfinder LandingThe landing of the Pathfinder and Sojourner on Mars, recorded from NASA Select. Also signal aquisition, first images and speeches by Brian Muirhead, Dan Goldin and Al Gore.
Jul 9John GlennAnnouncement that John Glenn will fly in space again.
Jul 16Mir Space StationFeature examining the problems on the Mir Space Station and the docking of a new Progress cargo craft to Mir bearing replacement parts.
July 23Biography of the ShoemakersMarked the death on 1997 Juy 18 of Eugene Shoemaker with a feature profiling the life works of the Eugene and Caroline Shoemaker. Also Eugene's unfulfilled desire to do geology on the Moon.
Jul 23TelstarA documentary about the Telstar 1 satellite, to mark the 35th anniversary of its launch.
Aug 13The Creation of the UniverseAn extract from Timothy Ferris' movie Creation of the Universe to introduce John Ellis, studio interview. Extract covered the four forces of nature.
Aug 20Voyager 2A documentary to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2. Covered spacecraft design and mission planning, launch, instrumentation, trajectory, passage past Io. Featured voices of Bruce Murray (Director, JPL), Linda Morobito (Trajectory Analyst, JPL)
Sep 3Voyager 2Part Two of the Voyager 2 20th anniversary documentary. Covered the Voyager Earth departure image, passage past Saturn and Uranus, the Vogager Interstellar Record.
Oct 1Launch of STS 86Edited version of NASA TV live coverage of launch of STS 86. Also discussion of decision to fly David Wolfe to Mir.
Oct 15Sound BarrierDocumentary to mark 50th anniversary of the breaking of the sound barrier.
Oct 22Launch of Cassini/HuygensFeature on Cassini/Hugens, including coverage of the launch.
Read an article about our involvement.
Nov 13Launch of Mars Global Surveyor.Commentary of the launch of the Mars Global Surveyor.
Nov 27Launch of STS 87Replay of NASA TV live commentary of launch of STS 87.
December 3Was There Life On Mars? Part OneA detailed examination of the evidence. Made use of a public lecture made by David McKay (NASA Scientist) at Melbourne University.
This documentary feature was not recorded. The audio inserts used from McKay's lecture are presented here without the context and explanation offered in the broadcast.
* An Edit of Introduction (2 min 31 s - 2.3 MB)
* Viking Results and Evidence for Martian Meteorites (14 min 26 s - 13.5 MB)
* Do Nano Fossils Exist? (10 min 28 s - 9.8 MB)
* Electron Microscope Techniques (3 min 34 s - 3.3 MB)
* Visual Evidence for Microfossils (3 min 43 s - 3.4 MB)
* Listen or Download Full McKay Lecture (except final few minutes which was not recorded because tape ran out) (1 h 5 min 25 s - 61.3 MB)
December 10Was There Life On Mars? Part TwoA detailed examination of the evidence. Made use of a public lecture made by David McKay (NASA Scientist) at Melbourne University.
This documentary feature was not recorded. The audio inserts used from McKay's lecture are presented here without the context and explanation offered in the broadcast.
* The Alan Hills Meteorite (5 min 14 s - 4.9 MB)
* Carbonate Precipitation in Martian Meteorite (3 min 30 s - 3.2 MB)
* Gegite and magnetite in Living Organisms (3 min 53 s - 3.6 MB)
* Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons - PAH (6 min 53 s - 6.4 MB)
* Another Edit of Introduction (12 min 13 s - 11.4 MB)
* The question and answer session was integrated into the documentary, with questions read in the studio. Presented here unedited, including unused parts, except for amplifying the difficult to hear audience questions. (12 min 13 s - 11.4 MB)
* An unbroadcast part of McKay's talk (1 min 54 s - 1.7 MB)
* Another unbroadcast part of McKay's talk (2 min 42 s - 2.5 MB)