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This very faded and abused 16mm reel is definitely dated, and would be considered today by some to be rather Colonialist in tone, but if you scan through the more cringe-worthy narration it does have some really good footage on Landsat and communication satellites of the late 1970's. So.... Welcome to the last class on Friday - the projector is set up - Hey... We're watching a movie!!!! Enjoy!
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14 thoughts on “Satellites: servants in the sky 1977”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Marshall says:

    So much optimism that fast, worldwide communication would bring the world together. Today, it's become the fastest and most efficient means to spread disinformation. Who could have predicted?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hott Puppy says:

    One big question these days is that with all the old obsolete satellites (and parts) that are floating around, there needs to be a better means of getting them out of orbit when their effective life is done. How many times has space junk caused problems with the ISS?

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Franko Walker says:

    Cheers Fran. I'm surprised you managed to get any colour out of that film. The end result was still pretty red. Brilliant work at transfering all these gems from history.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Aaron A says:

    Hello, as a scientist would you be encouraged to talk about the great scientist Viktor Schauberger?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daveyk021 says:

    Another thought I just had… I am watching this on a desktop computer via the internet on an LCD screen bigger than any TV we ever had back in 1977. Wow, we have come a long way in just 45 years!!! Technology increased on a logarithmic scale. In a lot of ways, it is not good for us, but in so many more ways, it has improved lives and experiences. I just wish us humans could have evolved as much as out technology has. A lot of immature brats use this technology to hurt others that are nowhere near them or otherwise have nothing to do with them.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars alpcns says:

    Another gem, Fran. Thank you so much for the effort. This is great stuff and very interesting.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daveyk021 says:

    I was 17 in 1977. It is probably the passage of time and massive technological improvement, but I don't remember documentaries being so….. I'm not sure what the word is…. crude, square, lol, I dunno…. Anyway, thank you, kindly, for this service to the entire world!

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars databang says:

    Nice video. I would need a hard desk to take a nap if it weren’t for My NyQuil’s voice. "…living in grinding poverty, each day a grim hand-to-mouth existence, from cradle to grave." LOL!

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars fenna pel says:

    Interesting to see how satelite imaging started to make it's way to everyday users in the 1970's. Some 50 years later that concept of satelite images being used by everyday users has only changed in image resolution (and for specific use cases a range of different (in)visable spectra) and how the satelite images are 'delivered' to those every day users … like today i can punch a few keys on a computer keyboard and, through the magic of internet, get a nice image on my screen of some lake that i want to check for potential skatable ice 😉 Thx for the video Fran 🙂

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Don Corson says:

    Fran, you would have been my favorite teacher when I was a kid. What am I saying, I'm still a kid. Thanks for all of these videos. They are wonderful.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jimmie Dean says:

    Why do the two pope looking guys in the opening picture not have mask on?
    Clean room, proper attire. And then breath and spit all over everything.
    I don't get it.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jimmie Dean says:

    We live on an unstable planet.
    Let's develope primative technology's.
    Ohh no! The planet is being unstable again.
    Those natural disasters are weird.
    Now back to playing with primative technology's.
    Ohh no! The unstable planet we live on, is having another natural disaster.
    Ohh well back to nonsense.
    The planet is being unstable again.
    The magnetic field is weakening now.
    Ohh no. We can't do anything about that.
    The cosmic radiation will cause c02 levels to rise from ocean exposure.
    I think we can make money on that!
    On this unstable planet. That has natural disasters.
    Ohh no here comes another extinction life event.
    It's a natural disaster.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cliff Hartle says:

    Everytime I watch these my brain goes back to school in the 70s and am expected to write a report on this film. 😮🤣

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keri Szafir says:

    Oh, I'd love that Tek RM561A scope 🙂

    WARNING: Political rants ahead!

    I'm definitely one of those you mentioned in "by some", ha 🙂
    What can you expect from a millennial leftist trans woman?

    This movie strikes me as pushing colonialist view on non-Western countries, calling them "underdeveloped"… without saying anything about who "underdeveloped" them in the first place.
    "Fighting illiteracy, poverty and sickness" yadda, yadda, yadda. I'd say "indoctrination" and "cultural eradication", on top of economic exploitation. Centuries of history (the non-whitewashed kind) prove that and only now, in 2010s and beyond, the critique of colonialism has become widespread enough to be significant.
    On the other hand… catastrophic weather phenomenons were surely around by that time, although now we have them more often, and the "normal" phenomenons such as seasons etc. have been destabilized.

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