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papageno
2006-Jun-28, 07:24 PM
It was hot last night and I couldn't sleep.
We have a satellite dish and we can receive German channels.
2+2 = I was surfing channels last night, and stumbled on the Bayerische Fernsehen (http://www.br-online.de/).

During the "container" programme Space Night (http://www.br-online.de/wissen-bildung/spacenight/), they were broadcasting a programme from 1968 where the Orbiting Solar Observatories (http://www.astronautix.com/craft/oso.htm) were presented. There was a model in the studio and they even demonstrated the system that pointed automatically the instruments towards the Sun.

I thought that the programme was actually pretty cool: pity that they don't do something like that in Italy. :(

ToSeek
2006-Jun-28, 09:17 PM
I was wondering how often in the US they'd broadcast a program from 1968, let alone a documentary.

papageno
2006-Jun-28, 09:44 PM
I was wondering how often in the US they'd broadcast a program from 1968, let alone a documentary. It looked a bit like Sir Patrick Moore's The Sky at Night (http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/spaceguide/skyatnight/) on the BBC.
The presenter had footage from the first launch of the OSO satellite, which he witnessed. The satellite in the studio looked like a model for a museum: one could see some of the instruments' electronics through transparent cover, which carried labels indicating who built the instrument. And some of the systems were actually working (for example, the satellite was rotating).
I was actually surprised when the self-pointing system of the satellite worked. :cool:

Gillianren
2006-Jun-28, 10:10 PM
I was wondering how often in the US they'd broadcast a program from 1968, let alone a documentary.

Well, Star Trek, for one. American TV, with the exception of PBS and some cable channels, doesn't much broadcast documentaries at all.

ToSeek
2006-Jun-29, 01:52 PM
Well, Star Trek, for one. American TV, with the exception of PBS and some cable channels, doesn't much broadcast documentaries at all.

Classic Trek on G4 and old sitcoms on the TV Channel or Nick-at-Nite were about the only ones I could think of. Oh, and the Game Show Network shows some really ancient game shows, some in black-and-white.

publiusr
2006-Jun-29, 07:02 PM
I actually love those.

Gillianren
2006-Jun-29, 08:21 PM
Classic Trek on G4 and old sitcoms on the TV Channel or Nick-at-Nite were about the only ones I could think of. Oh, and the Game Show Network shows some really ancient game shows, some in black-and-white.

In the days before infomercials, there were a lot more examples, as evidenced by the enormous amount of I Love Lucy that I saw as a kid.