NASA Television is an English-language, free-to-air, public television service originating from the United States featuring documentaries, archival programming, and coverage of NASA missions and events.
It was Mountain who made the application. In the past the CRTC has approves Nasa TV for short periods of time, when a Canadian astronaut has been flying. Perhaps you saw it then? If not, perhaps they were not in compliance.
Challenger was live on all sorts of places that day - it was a high-profile launch because it was the teacher in space mission - so a lot of school children were in assemblies watching the launch live.
I was living in Indonesia at the time - and listened to the NPR (National Public Radio) broadcast over VOA (Voice of America) on shortwave (there really wasn't that much to do over there in the evening - this was before we had a VCR, and the TV only broadcast 1-hour a day in English). It was quite odd listening to it on radio - at first the commentators were saying on how clearly they could see the SRB separation - probably because it was such a cold day - and then the Nasa commentator mentioned the loss of downlink - and it went very quiet - just the Nasa voice for a while. It was weird following the story in those pre-Internet days. It took 36 hours just to get a newspaper that had the story!
Challenger was not shown on live network tv as by then launches had become routine/boring. CNN (or some other cable channel) were still showing live launches.
I recall that a game show was on when they cut away and said the shuttle had exploded. They then showed the launch (but didn't say how long before the explosion was) and I can remember watching so intently waiting for the explosion that I didn't blink my eyes untit I felt them hurting - the one and only time I've ever done that.
it is about time that this channel (available free to air) is coming to canada
something i don't get is that its free to air so you can get it with fta receiver
but why is that channel has to be approved by crtc if its allready free ?
something i don't get is that its free to air so you can get it with fta receiver but why is that channel has to be approved by crtc if its allready free ?
Because big brother knows what's good for you, and has to approve everything you watch on cable/satellite. For those of you with broadband there's always http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html But it obviously doesn't look too good on a 50 inch display.
Great news. I remember Shaw's Senior VP, Peter Bissonnette, asking his cable customers in January 1999 to lobby the CRTC to permit Shaw to carry NASA TV. This means that it's taken only eight years for the CRTC to understand that NASA TV poses no threat to Canadian sovereignty or cultural identity. Meanwhile we've been "permitted" to enjoy the Shopping Channel and other mind-broadening content. No wonder science education is such a challenge. 8-(
I hope we see NASA TV being offered on Shaw cable Real Soon Now - and thank you to Peter, Mountain Cable, and the others who have some appreciation for content better than shopping for junk.
IMHO, NASA TV has startlingly low production values - it's almost amateur in its presentation - but at least we don't get the Main Stream Media's "talking heads" interpreting the picture and add layers of misinformation. I used to watch the BBC's James Burke trying to explain the Apollo missions to the Brits - and cringe at each inaccuracy he spouted as "fact". With NASA TV I can listen to Launch/Mission Control directly and make my own assessment free of dumbed-down commentary and station breaks.