SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 1997

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
Jan China In Space The 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)
Jan Chinese Academy of Space Technology The satellites and institutes of the Academy. (Courtesy CGWM)
Listen or Download (21 min 20 s - 20.0 MB)
Feb 19 Supernova 1987a A documentary to mark the 10th anniverssary of the observation of Supervova 1987a. Included discovery, what a supernova is, search for neutrinos, Australian observations.
Feb 26 Project Mercury To mark the 35th anniversary of the flight of John Glenn, the project history from inception to the flight of Friendship 7.
Mar 5 Pioneer 10 To mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of Pioneer 10, a description of the craft, its mission, findings and current status.
Apr 23 Apollo 16 To 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 2 Isaac Newton and the Principia Commemorating the 310th anniversary of the publication of The Principia, an exploration of the importance of the book.
Jul 9 Pathfinder Launch A 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 9 Pathfinder Landing The 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 9 John Glenn Announcement that John Glenn will fly in space again.
Jul 16 Mir Space Station Feature examining the problems on the Mir Space Station and the docking of a new Progress cargo craft to Mir bearing replacement parts.
July 23 Biography of the Shoemakers Marked 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 23 Telstar A documentary about the Telstar 1 satellite, to mark the 35th anniversary of its launch.
Aug 13 The Creation of the Universe An extract from Timothy Ferris' movie Creation of the Universe to introduce John Ellis, studio interview. Extract covered the four forces of nature.
Aug 20 Voyager 2 A 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 3 Voyager 2 Part Two of the Voyager 2 20th anniversary documentary. Covered the Voyager Earth departure image, passage past Saturn and Uranus, the Vogager Interstellar Record.
Oct 1 Launch of STS 86 Edited version of NASA TV live coverage of launch of STS 86. Also discussion of decision to fly David Wolfe to Mir.
Oct 15 Sound Barrier Documentary to mark 50th anniversary of the breaking of the sound barrier.
Oct 22 Launch of Cassini/Huygens Feature on Cassini/Hugens, including coverage of the launch.
Read an article about our involvement.
Nov 13 Launch of Mars Global Surveyor. Commentary of the launch of the Mars Global Surveyor.
Nov 27 Launch of STS 87 Replay of NASA TV live commentary of launch of STS 87.
December 3 Was There Life On Mars? Part One A 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 10 Was There Life On Mars? Part Two A 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)