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Episode 28: The Bent Pipe

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An experiment on board the final Apollo mission changed the way we communicate with astronauts in space today.

Narrator: Nancy O’Kane

Production Notes

  • Data transmissions illustrated with Adobe After Effects Radio Waves in conical masks.
  • Apollo CSM and TDRS-9 models from NASA’s 3D model database
  • Bent pipe flow illustrated with RedGiant Trapcode Particular
  • Pencil illustrations of proposed geostationary system from NASA’s TDRS 1974 proposal.
  • Images of Deep Space Network dishes from JPL video archive.

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