SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 1999

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
Jan 6 Launch of Mars Polar Lander Included commentary from NASA on launch and ascent of MPL, interview with Project Scientist Peter Smith, and mission profile.
Feb 24 The H-2 Rocket A documentary supplied by the National Space Development Agency of Japan on the operation of the H-2 rocket.
Listen or download (6 min 12 s - 5.8 MB)
Feb 24 The History of The Time Pips To mark 75 years of the time pips on BBC radio, supplied by BBC World Service.
Mar 3 The Way Matter Falls Into Black Holes The latest findings about how matter falls into a black hole, from analysis of data from the Inernational Ultraviolet Explorer satellite.
Mar 3 Apollo 9 Documentary about Apollo 9 to mark the 30th anniversary of the first manned test of the Lunar Module.
Apr 7 Mercury Astronaut Selection A documentary including extracts from the press conference 40 years ago at which the seven Mercury astronauts were announced to the world.
Apr 14 Midcourse Space Experiment An examination of the Midcourse Space Experiment. Featured Bruce Guilmain, Programme Manager, Thomas Murdock, Principal Investigator, Max Peterson, Johns Hopkins University, and John Mill, Project Scientist.
Apr 14 Ikonos and Landsat 7 To mark the anticipated launch of the commercial Ikonos spacecraft and the Landsat 7, an examination of the remote sensing field, including Landsat 7 and contributions from NASA and Earth and Sky.
April 21 Landsat 7 Delayed coverage of the launch of the Landsat 7 remote sensing satellite.
Jun 2 Launch of Brazilian Satellite SCD-2 Orbital's commentary of launch of SCD-2 aboard a Pegasus. Included interview with Ajax Burros del Belo.
Jun 2 New Findings About Io In narrative and music, the discovery of Io, the Voyager findings, and the new Galileo results. Used Ian Tescee's "IO" composition.
July 7 Voyager 2 at Jupiter Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Voyager 2 flyby of Jupiter. Included description of mission, findings at Jupiter, playing of the plasma waves, some music based on the plasma wave recordings, and music inspired by the Voyagers.
July 7 Skylab Crash Anniversary Commemorating the crash of Skylab into Western Australia in narration and music.
July 14 The Life of Pete Conrad Marking the death of former NASA astronaut Pete Conrad. Included comments by Alan Bean, and extracts from Apollo 12 capcoms. Also personal reminesence by Andrew Rennie.
July 14 Apollo 11 - Part 1 The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission - the launch.
July 21 Farewell Pete Conrad Brief feature to farewell Pete Conrad, on the occassion of his funeral.
July 28 Apollo 11 - Part 2 The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission - the landing and moon walk.
Aug 4 Lunar Prospector hits Moon, Eugene Shoemaker Description of Lunar Prospector and the search for water on the Moon , and the voice of Eugene Shoemaker and his aspiration to go to the Moon.
August 18 Apollo 11 Impressions Looking back 30 years, a number of guests reflect on the Apollo 11 landing.
September 1 Chandra X-ray Observatory Coverage of the release of the first images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and an examination of its science objectives.
September 8 Formation of Planetary Systems A 45 minute discussion by astronomers associated with the Hubble Space Telescope on the new imagery from Hubble depicting the formation of planetary systems around other stars.
October 27 "2001: A Space Odyssey" - Part One An examination of the film and its impact on film-making and space awareness.
November 3 "2001: A Space Odyssey" - Part Two An examination of the film and its impact on film-making and space awareness.
November 10 S.T.A.R.S. Announcement Announcement of winning Victorian school in competition to design payload to fly aboard the Space Shuttle. Includes:- Honorable John Brumby, Minister for State and Regional Development; Dr Andrew Thomas, NASA Astronaut; Honorable Mary Delahunty, Minister for Education. Postscript: The winning entry, Glen Waverley Secondary College, decided to study spiders. Their experiment flew on the ill-fated STS 107 mission.
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November 10 Apollo 12 - Part One Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the second manned lunar landing.
November 10 "2001: A Space Odyssey" - Part Three An examination of the film and its impact on film-making and space awareness.
November 17 "2001: A Space Odyssey" - Part Four An examination of the film and its impact on film-making and space awareness.
November 17 Leonid Meteors An exploration of the topic of meteors and meteor storms, and news of the 1999 Leonid meteor stream.
November 24 Apollo 12 - Part Two Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the second manned lunar landing.
November 24 "2001: A Space Odyssey" _ Part Five An examination of the film and its impact on film-making and space awareness.
December 1 The Sounds of Mars In anticipation of the expected placement of a microphone on Mars aboard the Mars Polar Lander, an exploration of the sounds it might pick-up.
December 8 Mars Polar Lander The failed landing and mission of the Mars Polar Lander.
December 8 Apollo 12 - Part Three Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the second manned lunar landing.
December 22 Flight of STS 103 - Salvaging the Hubble Half hour documentary feature on the STS 103 Shuttle mission, including launch, mission objectives, musical wake-up calls and capsule communications, Hubble rendezvous and grapple.
December 22 The launch of Terra and the Earth Observing System Description of the launch and the objectives of Terra and of the Earth Observing System.
December 29 Flight of STS 103 - Salvaging the Hubble Half hour documentary feature on the STS 103 Shuttle mission, including musical wake-up calls and capsule communications and explanation of the Hubble reservicing.