SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 1999

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
Jan 6Launch of Mars Polar LanderIncluded commentary from NASA on launch and ascent of MPL, interview with Project Scientist Peter Smith, and mission profile.
Feb 24The H-2 RocketA 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 24The History of The Time PipsTo mark 75 years of the time pips on BBC radio, supplied by BBC World Service.
Mar 3The Way Matter Falls Into Black HolesThe latest findings about how matter falls into a black hole, from analysis of data from the Inernational Ultraviolet Explorer satellite.
Mar 3Apollo 9Documentary about Apollo 9 to mark the 30th anniversary of the first manned test of the Lunar Module.
Apr 7Mercury Astronaut SelectionA documentary including extracts from the press conference 40 years ago at which the seven Mercury astronauts were announced to the world.
Apr 14Midcourse Space ExperimentAn 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 14Ikonos and Landsat 7To 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 21Landsat 7Delayed coverage of the launch of the Landsat 7 remote sensing satellite.
Jun 2Launch of Brazilian Satellite SCD-2Orbital's commentary of launch of SCD-2 aboard a Pegasus. Included interview with Ajax Burros del Belo.
Jun 2New Findings About IoIn narrative and music, the discovery of Io, the Voyager findings, and the new Galileo results. Used Ian Tescee's "IO" composition.
July 7Voyager 2 at JupiterCommemorating 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 7Skylab Crash AnniversaryCommemorating the crash of Skylab into Western Australia in narration and music.
July 14The Life of Pete ConradMarking 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 14Apollo 11 - Part 1The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission - the launch.
July 21Farewell Pete ConradBrief feature to farewell Pete Conrad, on the occassion of his funeral.
July 28Apollo 11 - Part 2The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission - the landing and moon walk.
Aug 4Lunar Prospector hits Moon, Eugene ShoemakerDescription 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 18Apollo 11 ImpressionsLooking back 30 years, a number of guests reflect on the Apollo 11 landing.
September 1Chandra X-ray ObservatoryCoverage of the release of the first images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and an examination of its science objectives.
September 8Formation of Planetary SystemsA 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 OneAn examination of the film and its impact on film-making and space awareness.
November 3"2001: A Space Odyssey" - Part TwoAn examination of the film and its impact on film-making and space awareness.
November 10S.T.A.R.S. AnnouncementAnnouncement 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.
Listen or download (17 min 29 s - 16.4 MB)
November 10Apollo 12 - Part OneCommemoration of the 30th anniversary of the second manned lunar landing.
November 10"2001: A Space Odyssey" - Part ThreeAn examination of the film and its impact on film-making and space awareness.
November 17"2001: A Space Odyssey" - Part FourAn examination of the film and its impact on film-making and space awareness.
November 17Leonid MeteorsAn exploration of the topic of meteors and meteor storms, and news of the 1999 Leonid meteor stream.
November 24Apollo 12 - Part TwoCommemoration of the 30th anniversary of the second manned lunar landing.
November 24"2001: A Space Odyssey" _ Part FiveAn examination of the film and its impact on film-making and space awareness.
December 1The Sounds of MarsIn 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 8Mars Polar LanderThe failed landing and mission of the Mars Polar Lander.
December 8Apollo 12 - Part ThreeCommemoration of the 30th anniversary of the second manned lunar landing.
December 22Flight of STS 103 - Salvaging the HubbleHalf 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 22The launch of Terra and the Earth Observing SystemDescription of the launch and the objectives of Terra and of the Earth Observing System.
December 29Flight of STS 103 - Salvaging the HubbleHalf hour documentary feature on the STS 103 Shuttle mission, including musical wake-up calls and capsule communications and explanation of the Hubble reservicing.