SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 1998

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
Jan 7Lunar Prospector LaunchDelayed broadcast of the live commentary from NASA TV of the countdown, launch, ascent, staging and communications difficulties over Australia of the Lunar Prospector aboard an Athena 2 launch vehicle. Also the post launch news conference featuring Joseph Boyce (Programme Scientist, NASA HQ), Scott Hubbard (Mission Manager, NASA Ames), Edward Connor (Executive Director, Spacport Florida Authority), Lawrence Price (Director, Samm Launch Vehicles, Lockheed Martin), Michael Kurtz (Vice President, Civil Space Programmes, Lockheed Martin).
Jan 14Shoemaker and the MoonA profile of Eugene Shoemaker and his quest to travel to the Moon.
Jan 21Preview of STS 89A look back at Australian born NASA Astronaut Andy Thomas' flight aboard STS 77 and a look forward to his pending launch aboard STS 89 to start a long duration mission aboard the Russian space station Mir.
Listen or Download STS 77 launch clip (2 min 9 s - 2.0 MB)
Jan 28Launch of STS 89Launch of Andrew Thomas aboard STS 89 to Mir. Also docking of Endeavour with Mir.
Listen or Download launch portion of programme (13 min 54 s - 13.0 MB)
Mar 11Water On The MoonDetailing the search for and finding of water on the Moon by the Clementine and Lunar Prospector spacecraft.
Mar 11First Woman Shuttle CommanderA profile of and comment by Eileen Collins, who was selected as the first female commander of the Space Shuttle.
Mar 11The Solar WindThe technique of Interplanetary Scintillation to reveal festures of the solar wind, described by John Parkinson of University College, London.
Mar 25Kistler AerospaceCorporate documentary feature supplied by Kister Aerospace describing the Kister K-1 launch vehicle.
Listen or Download (11 min 11 s - 10.4 MB)
Apr29Earth & Sky Young ProducersA winning entries from the Earth and Sky Young producers competition, including "The Colours Of Uluru" by Mac.Robertson Girls' High School students Emma Tung and Alana Danne, which was awarded an Honourable Mention. Also music by students from this Albert Park school.
Listen or Download (10 min 12 s - 9.8 MB)
Apr 29Kistler AerospaceContract signed with Kistler Aerospace for use of Woomera Prohited Area in South Australia. Also a Corporate documentary feature supplied by Kister Aerospace further describing the Kister K-1 mission profile.
Listen or Download (10 min 19 s - 9.6 MB)
Apr 29Satellites and UsThe role of satelites in our lives.
Jun 24Belrose TourCorporate documentary feature on the Belrose Satellite Ground Station, supplied by Optus Communications, Sydney.
Listen or download (6 min 43 s - 6.3 MB)
Jul 22Extrasolar PlanetsDiscussions between astronomers from the Space Telescope Science Institute on issues related to the search for extrasolar planets.
Jul 22Space Technology In ChinaChinese documentary feature on Chinese rocket and satellite development. (Courtesy CGWM)
Listen or download (15 min 45 s - 14.7 MB)
Aug 12Planetary NebulaeDiscussion by astronomers from the Space Telescope Science Institute on the origin and evolution of planetary nebulae.
Aug 12Apollo 14Part One of documentary on the Apollo 14 mission, broadcast to mark the death of Alan Shepard.
Aug 19Apollo 14Part two of the documentary on the Apollo 14 mission, broadcast to mark the death of Alan Shepard.
Oct 14Friendship SevenThe Original NASA Documentary made in 1962 to describe the mission of John Glenn aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft. Broadcast to mark the return to space of John Glenn.
Nov 4The Lights of PerthSelected outtakes from the NASA TV coverage of the flight of John Glenn aboard the Space Shuttle. The countdown, the launch and climb to orbit taken from live commentary. Includes Glenn's observation of the lights of Perth, and the comments of the citizens of Perth. Also features a description of the biomedical experiments performed by John Glenn.
Nov 11Australian Space Industry PolicyWith a space policy bill before the Parliament, we dug out an old interview with Ken McCracken, then Director of the CSIRO Office of Space Science and Applications, on the need for Australia to have a space policy. This was compared with the current developments.
NOTE: This programme was not recorded. Listen or download McCracken's contribution (12 min 40 s - 11.8 MB)
Nov 18William HerschellA profile of Herschell and his astronomical work.
Nov 18International Space StationNASA documentary feature on the scientific research to be carried out aboard the International Space Station.
Nov 25The Leonid MeteorsA roundup of media coverage of the Leonid meteor shower, including an interview about a 7.5 kg meteorite found in Victoria.
Nov 25ZaryaThe launch of Zarya, the first element of the International Space Station. From NASA TV: the launch coverage from Baikonur Cosmodrome, the purpose of Zarya, the plans for the first two weeks in orbit.
Dec 2Zarya and UnityPlans to link Zarya and Unity.
Dec 23Apollo 8Documentary on the Apollo 8 mission, the mark the 30th anniversary of the first manned mission around the Moon.