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Did anyone see that horizon programme last night on BBC 2. it was an interesting, if a little over dramatic look at Gravity andsuch. Now I do not believe in conspiracy theories - but when the presenter was doing a piece on the prism thingy that is used to reflect laser light and thus calculate the distance from the moon to the earth - he pointed out the above device on a large B&W photo and remarked "their is a sandwich bag beside it" surely he was joking, I mean really...tell me he was joking...Sob...Sob

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he pointed out the above device on a large B&W photo and remarked "their is a sandwich bag beside it" surely he was joking, I mean really...tell me he was joking...Sob...Sob

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He was joking. Hope you feel better now :D .

I enjoyed the program but there wasn't really a lot in it. <Abe Simpson Voice> I remember the day when your head would hurt after watching Horizon.</Abe Simpson Voice>

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I'll never forget their 1990 Hawaii solar eclipse episode, simply fantastic TV, I really wish I could see that one again.
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Replied by dmolloy on topic Re: Horizon last night

Oh Thank Heavens. For one awful moment I had a vision of Buzz opening his helmet to take a bite of his sandwich and turning instantly into a desiccated prune.

Yes It was short on content but, on the subject of food, Horizon was one of the few pieces of brain food on TV. This episode came up a bit short.

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Hi Declan
Yes, it was interesting I found too. Program is pitched at a general audience, so a mixture of visual effects, engaging dialogue and the entertainment value thrown in is probably called for. I have found “Horizon” programmes to be generally good; they must have the mixture right because the program has been around for a very long time now. Does anyone remember the science program that Channel 4 use to run regularly, it was entitled “Equinox”, a good program in itself, I believe they produce such episodes now as specials at random although I haven’t viewed this program in ages. I think there was another one called “QED”, OK enough reminiscing already!

Now I do not believe in conspiracy theories - but when the presenter was doing a piece on the prism thingy that is used to reflect laser light and thus calculate the distance from the moon to the earth - he pointed out the above device on a large B&W photo and remarked "their is a sandwich bag beside it" surely he was joking, I mean really...tell me he was joking...Sob...Sob

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Only if it was filmed in a studio, I guess the director forgot to remove his O’Brien’s sandwich packaging before the photo was taken! :)

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Replied by philiplardner on topic Re: Horizon last night

Actually... there probably *is* a plastic sandwich bag nearby - indeed probably quite a few! When the Apollo astronauts placed various instruments on the surface of the moon they were inside very high-tech plastic covers to protect them from the moon dust while they were being handled. Remember, just walking a few yards on the surface of the moon kicks up a lot of electrostatically charged dust which clings to everything. These high-tech bags had a very nifty method of being sealed which is now being used by everyone and his cat back here on Earth - it's called the Zip-Lock Sandwich Bag! :D

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Replied by dmolloy on topic Re: Horizon last night

yes, More chance of Homer simpson going to the moon in this decade....

and another thing. What really got me about the sandwich bag gag was litter

"There we go litter around our artic stations, litter on Everest and now litter on the Moon (not to mention earth orbit)


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Replied by albertw on topic Re: Horizon last night

Yes, it was interesting I found too. Program is pitched at a general audience, so a mixture of visual effects, engaging dialogue and the entertainment value thrown in is probably called for. I have found “Horizon” programmes to be generally good; they must have the mixture right because the program has been around for a very long time now.


That was the first Horizon I've watched in a while and I thought it was of a lower quality than episodes in the past. Granted I'm pretty familiar with the subject matter, but even so I thought there was a bit to much entertainment (yes we know you are on a road trip in the US... get on with it). The visual effects weren't up to scratch and I would imagine left some of the audience a bit lost. eg. the explanation of LIGO could have been much better illustrated by some nice graphics than by a guest waving his arms. It's not too hard to explain exactly how that works. A quick mention of LISA and the promo graphics for that would have been more interesting than showing him getting lost (again).
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Replied by JohnONeill on topic A Poor Horizon

Hi,

A Poor Horizon:

There used to be some terrific Horizon programmes in the past. Pity the quality here was rather low. I fell zzz...


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I still enjoyed it though, but your brain would bust thinking about it too much more

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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Horizon last night

Anyone know when it's on again, a repeat ??

BTW Phil, thats a hillarious avatar :lol: :lol:
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Replied by philiplardner on topic Re: Horizon last night

BTW Phil, thats a hillarious avatar :lol: :lol:


I like my old interferrogram avatar, but thought it was getting a bit jaded. Then I thought... what better way to brighten it up than by adding *me!*

Now I have my comfy old avatar but with added Zing! to keep you folks amused! :D

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Replied by Dread on topic Re: Horizon last night

Unfortunately Phoenix that content is only available to users in the UK :( .
Down with vwls.

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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Horizon last night

Maybe it'll be on bbc4 in the near future ....
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