SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2003

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
January 8STS 107 - Space Show SpecialPreparing for the launch of the STS 107 science mission. Description of experiments aboard Columbia.
January 14, 11 amSTS 107 - Space Show Special EditionHigh school experiments aboard the Space Shuttle. Featured interviews live-to-air from the Kennedy Space Centre (see 2003 Interviews).
January 15STS 107 - Space Show Special EditionHigh school experiments aboard the Space Shuttle. Featured a repeat of interviews from yeaterday's live-to-air from the Kennedy Space Centre (see 2003 Interviews).
February 5STS 107 - Disaster Special Edition 1Coverage of the ill-fated final mission of Columbia. Included launch, in-orbit science, the reentry and the post disaster press conference. Also crew profiles and media coverage review.
February 12STS 107 - Disaster Special Edition 2Coverage of the ill-fated final mission of Columbia. Included preflight crew interviews and the post disaster press conference.
February 19STS 107 - Disaster Special Edition 3Coverage of the ill-fated final mission of Columbia. Included additional preflight crew interviews and more from the post disaster press conferences.
February 26STS 107 - Disaster Special Edition 4Coverage of the ill-fated final mission of Columbia. Included reentry crew conversation and the search for debris. Also more about the science that was done aboard.
March 5Shattering Suns 1The music of Stephen Taylor.
March 12Water On MarsThe announcement of the finding of water on Mars by spacecraft orbiting Mars.
March 12Shattering Suns 2The music of Stephen Taylor.
March 26Shattering Suns 3The music of Stephen Taylor.
April 2Review of "The Astonomers Episode 1"Review in the light of current developments.
April 2Moon Hoax HoaxHow some mountebanks are trying to hoax people into believing the Apollo landings on the Moon were a hoax.
April 9Satellites Measure the EarthHow satellites are being used to map Antarctic ice flows and the flow and height of the oceans.
April 16Review of "The Astonomers Episode 2"Review in the light of current developments.
April 30Review of "The Astonomers Episode 3"Review in the light of current developments.
May 7STS 107 - Worms and MossThe discovery that some worms had survived the Columbia disaster prompted this further look at the scientific experiments aboard STS 107.
May 21Review of "The Astonomers Episode 4"Review in the light of current developments.
July 2Water On MarsAn examination of the evidence for water on Mars.
July 16Review of "The Astonomers Episode 5"Review in the light of current developments.
July 23Entrants in the 2003 Earth and Sky Young Producers Awards.Students from The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, South Melbourne, read their short stories which were designed to interest radio listeners whilst accurately communicating scientific concepts.
* Katerina Patras and Katerina Katsoulis discussed "Acid Rain";
* Yolanda Chan and Sarah Chenchabi defined "What Is Drought?",
* Anza Memon, Heather Ko and Christina Wong explained why we get "Gey Hair";
* Heather Ko and Rebecca Lam resolved the mystery of "Hic-cups";
* Christina Wong discussed whether we should be concerned about "Genetically Modified Food";
* Kirsty Altis and Emma Palmer gave advice on "To Tan Or Not To Tan?";
* Sarah Chenchabi and Jessica Adelan showed that things happen to "Sperm In Space";
* Rebecca Lam and Lisa Nguyen acted out "Growing Old";
* Jenny Cui and Yvonne Luu got to the tall and short of "Growing and Shrinking";
* Matilda Tran took on the big cats with "Tigers"; and
* Emma Palmer read Emily Chung's expose of "Hayfever".
NOTE: The recordings of these talks appear to be lost.
July 30Candle Wax Rocket FuelA discussion of new research into the feasibility of using parafin wax and a rocket fuel. Featured Tony Philips, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville; Greg Zilliac, Research Scientist, Moffett Field, California; Arif Karabeyogla, Research Associate, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University; and Brian Cantwell, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Audio inserts provided by NASA Ames Research Center.
August 6Review of "The Astonomers Episode 6"Review in the light of current developments.
October 1The Death of GalileoThe end of the Galileo spacecraft as it plunged into the atmosphere of Jupiter. Included material from the NASA live coverage of the end from the Galileo Mission Control Room and the von Karmen Auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena. Also music related to the mission.
October 15Shenzhou 5 - China's First Manned Spaceflight - Preparation and LaunchAn examination of how the western media covered the launch and intitial flight of Yang Liwei compared with coverage within China.
October 22Shenzhou 5 - China's First Manned Spaceflight - LandingAn examination of how the western and Chinese media covered the landing of Yang Liwei.
October 29Solar FlaresDescription of flare activity on the Sun and the auroras caused on Earth.
October 29Space WeddingThe story in word and music of Ekaterina Dmitriev's love message about her wedding to International Space Station Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko. Read by Helen Kaganov of The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School.
November 5Solar Flares and Lunar EclipseDescription of continuing unprecedented flare activity on the Sun and the auroras caused on Earth. Also descriptions of the total lunar eclipse.
November 5Hermes RefoundHow the asteroid Hermes was refound.
November 12Space WeddingA repeat broadcast of the story in word and music of Ekaterina Dmitriev's love message about her wedding to International Space Station Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko. Read by Angela Volkov of The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School.
November 12Seasonal Changes on PlutoA description of the seasonal changes caused on Pluto by the tilt of the planet's spin axis and the ellipticity of its orbit, and the race to get a spacecraft there before it refreezes after perihelion.
November 12Music Aboard The Space StationHow astronauts have used musical instruments in space. Included Ed Lu playing keyboard.
November 12Galileo Plasma Wave and other findings at IoAn analysis and playing of the Galileo plasma wave recordings of Io and Jupiter. Included comments about the objectives of the Io flyby by Torrence Johnson and Eileen Theilig, and music from Ian Tescee's composition "Io".
November 19Swallowing GumLisa Lee, a Year 9 student from The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, South Melbourne, reads her short story, "Gum". It was written for the Earth&Sky Young Producer's Contest, which required students to produce an 80 second item designed to interest radio listeners whilst accurately communicating scientific concepts.
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November 19Pluto's OriginsMiss Popadardi, a Year 9 student from The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, South Melbourne, reads her short story, "Pluto". It was written for the Earth&Sky Young Producer's Contest, which required students to produce an 80 second item designed to interest radio listeners whilst accurately communicating scientific concepts.
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November 19WrinklesTina Nguyen and Jennifer Anh, Year 9 students from The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, South Melbourne, read their short story, "Wrinkles". It was written for the Earth&Sky Young Producer's Contest, which required students to produce an 80 second item designed to interest radio listeners whilst accurately communicating scientific concepts.
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November 19CoffeeMaria Chen and Tina Nguyen, Year 9 students from The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, South Melbourne, read their short story, "Coffee". It was written for the Earth&Sky Young Producer's Contest, which required students to produce an 80 second item designed to interest radio listeners whilst accurately communicating scientific concepts.
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November 19MothsHeidi Bao and Jenny McCaskell, Year 9 students from The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, South Melbourne, read their short story, "Moths". It was written for the Earth&Sky Young Producer's Contest, which required students to produce an 80 second item designed to interest radio listeners whilst accurately communicating scientific concepts.
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November 19FingernailsKate Ednu and Tamara Ansari, Year 9 students from The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, South Melbourne, read their short story, "Fingernails". It was written for the Earth&Sky Young Producer's Contest, which required students to produce an 80 second item designed to interest radio listeners whilst accurately communicating scientific concepts.
Listen or Download (1 min 04 s - 1.0 MB)
November 19Using Abell 1689 as a gravitational lens to view the distant universe.How the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys was used. Included commnets from Kerry Zekser, Graduate Research Assistant, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Narciso Benitez, Associate Research Scientist, all of Johns Hopkins University. (Audio inserts courtesy of Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute)
November 26Hearing On The Future of NASA - Part OneAn examination of the effect of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board's Report on the future of space exploration and on NASA's goals for the future. Included testimony before the full Commerce Committee of the United States Senate by Sean O'Keefe, NASA Administrator, and Admiral Hal Gehman, Chairman of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. One Committee member heard was Senator Bill Nelson, who flew aboard the Columbia on STS-61C. (Audio inserts courtesy U.S. Senate)
December 3Hearing On The Future of NASA - Part TwoAn examination of the effect of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board's Report on the future of space exploration and on NASA's goals for the future. Included responses by Sean O'Keefe, NASA Administrator, and Admiral Hal Gehman, Chairman of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, to questions from the full Commerce Committee of the United States Senate. One Committee member asking the questions was Senator Bill Nelson, who flew aboard the Columbia on STS-61C. (Audio inserts courtesy U.S. Senate)
December 10Hearing On Mars Exploration - Part OneIncluded statements to a full hearing of the Commerce Committee of the United States Senate by Wes Huntress, former NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science, Robert Zubrin, President of the Mars Society, David Woods, Professor of Ergonomics at Ohio University, and Rick Tumlinson, President of the Space Frontier Foundation. (Audio inserts courtesy U.S. Senate)
December 10Mars Express and Beagle 2 - Part OneA description of the European missions to Mars, and the scheduled events for the approach to Mars, orbit insertion of Mars Express and landing of Beagle 2.
December 17Kitty Hawk plus One HundredA celebration of one hundred years of powered flight.
December 17Mars Express and Beagle 2 - Part TwoA detailed description of the planned landing of Beagle 2 on Isidis Planitia.
December 24Mars Express and Beagle 2 - Part ThreeA description of Isidis Planitia, the planned landing site of Beagle 2. Reason for choise of site, and the scietific objectives of Beagle 2. Included comments of Robert Zubrin, President, Mars Society, on chances of finding life on Mars.
December 31Mars Express and Beagle 2 - Part FourAn examination of the BBC World Service Radio coverage of the Christmas Day landing of Beagle 2 on Mars. Included the music of Blur, an interview with Robert Zubrin, President, Mars Society, and discussion with Heather Couper, author and television documentary maker. Included a look forward to the 2004 January landings of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.