Fifty years after man first walked on the Moon, science reporter Jamie Morton looks at how New Zealand is forging its own credible place in the global space scene.

The year 1969 boasted a handful of highlights for New Zealand.

The Save Manapouri campaign kicked off, banks computerised money trading, Taranaki's Maui gas field was discovered, the Auckland Harbour Bridge was widened to eight lanes, and the National won its fourth term.

And then there was the Moon landing - Kiwis were able to witness the spectacle after videotape coverage was flown from Sydney by the RNZAF, and a microwave


Rocketing NZ into space

A home-made satellite

Planet hunting and super-scopes

Unravelling the cosmos