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Special Topics: Astronomy

Comet Halley Returns
The program features a narrated history of Halley’s Comet and a discussion about its value to astronomers in studying the origin of the solar system. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0012

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Picture the Solar System
Although Copernicus and Galileo’s original depictions of the solar system were quite accurate, many intriguing discoveries have been made by scientific spacecraft in the past decades. Because of these spacecraft, we are able to closely study the asteroids, Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Pluto, Saturn, Uranus, and Venus, as well as the comets which orbit the Sun. Theories about how the solar system evolved are being challenged by the data from the Voyager and Pioneer probes. [color, 14-1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0013
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19 MINUTES TO EARTH
This video examines the scientific findings of Viking missions to Mars. Students are introduced to a variety of information returned to Earth from the planet. This includes soil and atomospheric analysis, as well as biological and geological data. Actual photographs taken by the Viking spacecraft from orbit and on the surface of Mars are accented in this program. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0014

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MERCURY: EXPLORATION OF A PLANET
The flight of the Mariner 10 spacecraft to Venus and Mercury is detailed in animation and photography. Views of Mercury are featured. Included is animation on the origin of the solar system. Dr. Bruce C. Murray, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, comments on the mission. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0015

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UNIVERSE
Explores almost inconceivable extremes of size and time from the vast islands of stars called galaxies to sub-atomic particles' from cosmic events that occurred billions of years in the past to micro-cosmic events in the present that endure for only a billionth of a second. [color, 27 minutes] $29.95 ST0073

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CLOUDS OF VENUS
A documentary of the Mariner 2 flight, launched on August 27, 1962, in our first effort to obtain scientific data of Venus. The video shows the position of Venus within our solar system and some of its features. It presents the flight profile, trajectory, spacecraft features, and experiments conducted throughout 109 days and 180 million miles of travel. A few preliminary findings are summarized. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0019

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Planet Mars
Depicts what we know about the planet Mars from Earth-based telescopes, observations for the flyby Mariner spacecraft, and through the early Viking landing and orbiter experiments. Also explains the fascinating discoveries and mysteries relating to the most Earth-like planet in our solar system. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0021

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Gemini science program
Scientists explain the life science experiment developed for Gemini missions. A brief synopsis of these missions is included. The program shows astronaut training, as well as Gemini Program milestones -rendezvous and docking of two spacecraft and Ed White’s spacewalk. [color, 28 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0054

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project mercury summation
Initial contract awards mark the birth of Project Mercury and contributions to the more advanced space flight programs. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0053

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New Look At The Old Moon
The decade of 1969-1979 is seen as the time when lunar science emerged from the dark ages as a result of the geophysical and sample investigations made possible by the Apollo flights to the Moon. After a brief summary of the Apollo missions and laboratory investigative techniques, the film treats the major epoch in lunar history uncovered by the investigations and what it will mean for the future. [color, 28 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0041

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Life on the moon
This program begins with an explanation of the importance and function of the NASA JSC’s Lunar Receiving Laboratory. Geological and botanical experiments are performed on rock and soil samples to determine if the Moon sustains life. [color, 28 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0055

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Moon: Old & New
Presents the Moon as studied by man for more than 20 centuries. Reviews the history of lunar studies before the first Moon landing, the major things learned since Apollo 11, and closes with a resume of lunar investigations scientists would like to undertake in the future. [color, 25 minutes] $29.95 ST0071

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PARTNERSHIP SPACE: MISSION HELIOS
This video follows the development and launch of HELIOS which orbits the Sun closer than any manmade object ever has. With a montage of artwork depicting man’s fascination with the Sun over the centuries, the film leads into present-day technological efforts to grasp the significance and influence of the Sun on our planet. [color, 27 minutes] $29.95 ST0016

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OUR STAR THE SUN
The sun as revealed by thousands of pictures taken by skylab astronauts. Much new information and understanding about the Sun was gained from the three Skylab flights. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0001

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VIEW OF THE SKY
By the use of symbolic photography, this video explores various historical theories of the origin and order of the solar system from Copernicus through Einstein, with a brief look at modern scientific exploration of space. Our knowledge of the solar system is traced through the view of a youth today. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0017

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COLLECTION OF MAGELLAN: VENUS RADAR MAPPING RESULTS

This video consists of computer generated 3D animation of simulated flights over the planet Venus using data recorded and transmitted by the Magellan space probe from September 1990 to February 1991. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0115

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SOLAR ECLIPSE
This video highlights a briefing to discuss the solar eclipse which occurred on July 11, 1991. Briefing participants included: Willie Meeks, Ulysses Project Manager; Joan Feyman, Solar Wind Physicist; and Bruce Tsurutani, Solar Probe Study Scientist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. [color, 60 minutes] $29.95 ST0116

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LUNAR/MARS EXPLORATION INITIATIVE
A conceptual animation of America’s next space exploration to the moon and Mars. This video consists of a 12-minute narrated animation sequence, a silent version of the same animation, additional B-roll footage, and outtakes. [color, 60 minutes] $29.95 ST0117

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VOYAGER SCIENCE SUMMARY
A brief description chronicling the path of the Voyager spacecraft. This video includes detailed computer and still-frame animation of the solar system, Jupiter, Neptune, Earth’s moon, and various outer planet moons. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0118

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VOYAGER 2 NEPTUNE ENCOUNTER HIGHLIGHTS
Produced by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA, this video contains 17 individual segments which illustrate various aspects of Voyager 2’s encounter with Neptune. the segments progress from computer animation of the Voyager mission to actual photographs of Neptune and Titon taken by the spacecraft’s camera. Some segments are described with narration. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0119

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VOYAGER ENCOUNTER HIGHLIGHTS
This video produced by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA, features computer animation and real images from the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts [color, 31 minutes] $29.95 ST0120

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I WILL SEE SUCH THINGS
From the discovery of Uranus in 1781 by William Herschel, the “turned-on-its side” planet has always mystified scientist. The Voyager 2 flyby of Uranus in January 1986 provided thousands of images of the planet, including its atmosphere, moons, and rings. Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA, discuss what we now know about the planet and its history in our solar system. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0121

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SPACE TELESCOPE: AN OBSERVATORY IN SPACE
This video examines the use of the space telescope to explore other galaxies with much clearer images than can be received by earthbound telescopes. The instrumentation and deployment of the telescope are discussed. [color, 16 minutes] $29.95 ST0122

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HEAO: THE NEW UNIVERSE
This video describes the High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO) program, man’s newest attempt to probe the mysteries of the universe. [color, 20 minutes] $29.95 ST0127

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VIKING
The video presents a comprehensive look at the preparations for the Viking/Mars landing. The focus is on the scientists connected with the Viking mission. The video explores their problems, solutions, concerns, anxieties, and aspirations leading to the landing. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0128

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VOYAGER
This video depicts the exploration of Jupiter and Saturn by Voyager 1 and 2. Photographs of the two planets and their moons are used, along with animation shots, to show the varied surfaces of some of these moons. Highlighted are the major discoveries and a spacecraft problem during the Saturn flyby. [color, 20 minutes] $29.95 ST0123

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PIONEER VENUS
The appearance of Venus to the naked eye, the telescope Venus, the modern Venus, the Pioneer-Venus, and the future Venus are discussed. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0124
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MR. MILLS REPORTS ON JUPITER FLYBY
During an odyssey that took the U.S Spacecraft Voyager 1 past the giant planet Jupiter in the spring of 1979, extraordinary and unexpected discoveries were made. This video shows beautiful black and white and color photographs of Jupiter and its moons. [color and B&W, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0125
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CHANGING UNIVERSE
Although scientists have studied the stars for centuries, satellites such as the High Energy Astronomy Observatory offer the first real opportunity to observe them. This video delineates the knowledge we have gained about our closest star, the Sun, its life cycle and tremendous impact on our climate. From deep-space studies, we can more readily contemplate phenomena such as x-rays and gamma radiation in order to better understand our universe. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0126
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VIKING
The video presents a comprehensive look at the preparations for the Viking/Mars landing. The focus is on the scientists connected with the Viking mission. The video explores their problems, solutions, concerns, anxieties, and aspirations leading to the landing. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0128
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MOON’S SECRETS/MOON: EMERGING PLANET $29.95 ST0129
This video contains the following two titles:

  • READING THE MOON’S SECRETS
    The video is divided into 10 short segments each treating an important aspect of lunar knowledge using Apollo gained data as appropriate. It is designed to be used as a teaching aid in science classes. [color, 16 minutes]
  • MOON: AN EMERGING PLANET
    This video reviews what we have learned of the early events in the history of the moon. It details the accretion, structural formation, volcanic activity, and bombardment. It also briefly compares the geology of the Moon with that of the Earth and other terrestrial planets. [color, 13 minutes]

Order “Reading The Moon’s Secrets” and “Moon: An Emerging Planet” (both on the same video tape) by using order number ST0129 — MOON’S SECRETS/MOON: EMERGING PLANET $29.95.

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LIFE BEYOND EARTH AND THE MIND OF MAN
This video is an edited version of a symposium held at Boston University on November 20, 1972. The symposium was to explore implications of the fascinating subject of possible existence of extraterrestrial life within our galaxy and the universe. [color, 25 minutes] $29.95 ST0130

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WHO’S OUT THERE
Orson Welles is the host and star of this extraordinary video. A number of distinguished scientists conclude that there is someone out there in outer space. From the monstrous mars life forms of his famous 1938 radio broadcast, “The War of the Worlds,” Welles takes us through science fiction to science fact—to the new view of extraterrestrial life now emerging from probes to the planets—to interstellar discoveries and findings about the nature of life itself The video is a fascinating portrayal of a contemporary scientific conclusion that intelligent civilizations exist in the universe—a real picture as astonishing as any science fiction. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0131
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JUPITER ODYSSEY
Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to travel beyond mars to the out planets of our solar system. During the 21-month, 620-million-mile journey to Jupiter, Pioneer penetrated the previously explored asteroid belt without mishap, eliminating the long held fear that high speed particles or huge asteroids might destroy the spacecraft. This video tells of the findings recorded by the scientific instruments and cameras onboard. After leaving the system where it will wander endlessly through our Milky Way Galaxy, carrying a message for possible extra terrestrial beings. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0132
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MARS: THE SEARCH BEGINS
This video depicts the planet Mars as we know it from the more than 7,000 pictures taken by the Mariner 9 spacecraft. The Viking project storyline is carried by scientists Dr. Carl Sagan, Cornell University; Gerald Soffen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Harold Masursky, U.S. Geological Survey. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0133
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SEEDS OF DISCOVERY
An introduction planetary exploration and scientific satellite research considered for the 1970s. The video briefly describes plans for Mariner flybys of Mars, Pioneer studies of Jupiter, landings of unmanned Viking spacecraft on Mars, a grand tour of the outer planets, and solar and other astronomical research. [color, 27 minutes] $29.95 ST0135
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VEIL OF VENUS
Venus has sometimes been called Earth’s twin, but from this video we learn about the hostile atmosphere of the planet. Featured are such facts as the surface temperature of Venus being at least 796 degrees with an atmospheric pressure of about 90 times that on Earth. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0137

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ULYSSES/EARTH-SUN/OUR SOLAR SYSTEM $29.95 ST0140
This video tape contains the following three (3) titles:

  • ULYSSES: A VOYAGE TO THE SUN
    This video describes the mission, planned jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency, to explore the atmosphere around the sun. Using information obtained from Skylab, the program discusses the sun’s corona and electromagnetic field, as well as solar wind and solar flares. [color, 10 minutes]
  • EARTH-SUN RELATIONSHIP
    An animated video depicting how our sun and planets were formed. The film further explains how, through NASA’s space probes, we discovered the Van Allen belt and how Earth is protected from solar wind and ion particles by the magnetosphere. Finally, it depicts how a star dies. [color, 6 minutes]
  • OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
    This animated video teaches names, lineup, and characteristics of planets in our solar system. It is sung to a catchy tune, “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizza Pies.” [color, 6 minutes]

    Order “Ulysses: A Voyage to The Sun,” “Earth-Sun Relationship,” and “Our Solar System” (all on the same video tape) by using order number ST0140 — ULYSSES/EARTH-SUN/OUR SOLAR SYSTEM.

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