26 Jun 2007

Open University television takes a step beyond TV channels into webspace

Professor John Zarnecki

Professor John Zarnecki

The Open University is offering a new way to view one of its fact-based programmes. The Open University’s Open Broadcasting Unit’s (OBU), annual Open University Broadband Lecture will debut today Tuesday June 26 via

“Fingers crossed: 50 years of space exploration” is the first programme, presented by one of the world’s leading space scientists, OU Professor John Zarnecki.

With 2007 being the 50th anniversary of the launch of Russia’s Sputnik, the first successful space flight, Professor Zarnecki shares his memories and personal contribution to early rocket launches from Australia, comet chasing, looking into deep space through the Hubble Telescope and the recent landing on Saturn’s moon, Titan.

The lecture was filmed before a studio audience of amateur astronomers, academics and students. The OBU is exploring new ways of using broadcasting and by offering the lecture as a series of video clips it becomes video on demand.

Each year’s Open University Broadband Lecture will be presented by an OU academic in front of an invited audience. Professor Zarnecki’s programme is available to watch online, or download as a MP3 audio only file.

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