The Restless Sphere has been uploaded to the Alexandra Palace Television Society’s YouTube Channel.
As the Duke of Edinburgh celebrates his 90th birthday, the Alexandra Palace Television Society is pleased to be able to make this film available on our YouTube Channel.
The International Geophysical Year was held to encourage scientists from across the world to work together to gather and share knowledge about the earth. The Duke of Edinburgh, as a Fellow of the Royal Society, presented an overview of the various experiments to be carried out. These include satellite technology, solar observation and oceanography. This was important as, by 1957, it had already been observed that the oceans were rising and the glaciers melting.
The International Geophysical Year ran from July 1, 1957, to December 31, 1958. During this year the USSR launched Sputnik 1 and the USA set up NASA.