SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2004

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
January 7StardustThe Stardust mission and its collection of dust as it passed Comet Wild-2. (See also interviews.)
January 7Spirit at Gusev Episode 1Coverage of the landing of the Mars Exploration Rover at Gusev Crater. Included mission overview, and the NASA commentary of the approach, entry and landing.
January 14What If The Earth Had No Moon?An exploration in words and music of what the Earth might be like if there were no Moon. About the music used.
January 14Spirit at Gusev Episode 2More coverage of the landing of Spirit on Mars.
January 21Spirit at Gusev Episode 3More coverage of the landing of Spirit on Mars. Included aspects of mission design, and navigation in interplanetary flight.
January 28Opportunity at Meridani - Episode 1The landing of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. Included NASA's commentary.
February 4Opportunity at Meridani Episode 2Additional coverage of the landing of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. Included NASA's commentary. Explanation of why Opportunity seemed to be bouncing long after it had rolled to a stop.
February 18Roving Mars Episode 1The past week's activities on Mars.
February 25Roving Mars Episode 2The past week's activities on Mars.
March 3Roving Mars Episode 3The past week's activities on Mars, including the announcement of evidence of past water at Meridami, and discussion of snow gullies on Mars.
March 10Roving Mars Episode 4The past week's activities on Mars. Also a special feature on the challenges of getting to Mars.
March 17SednaDescription of discovery of a new body in the outer solar system, and the mythology of its name.
March 17Roving Mars Episode 5The past week's activities on Mars. The drive to Bonneville Crater.
March 17Mars OdysseyA description of the spaceecraft and its findings so far.
March 17Fire In The SkyA tribute in words and music to the crews of the Space Shuttles Columbia and Challenger. About the music used.
March 24Roving Mars Episode 6The past week's activities on Mars.
March 24Saturn X-ray PuzzleAn examination of the Chandra Xray Observatory's observations of x-rays from Saturn.
March 24What If The Earth Had No Moon?An exploration in words and music of what the Earth might be like if there were no Moon. (Rebroadcast of January 14 feature). About the music used.
March 31Roving Mars Episode 7The past week's activities on Mars.
March 31Lights OutThe findings of a group of European and American astronomers that stars are dying faster than they are being born.
April 7Roving Mars Episode 8The past week's activities on Mars.
April 7Solar MaxA review and description of the IMAX movie "Solar Max", just released in Melbourne.
April 14Roving Mars Episode 9The past week's activities on Mars.
April 14Gravity Probe BAn explanation of how the satellite mission will test two aspects of Einstein's theory of relativity.
April 14Shuttle Launch SoundsAn exploration in word, sound and music of the experience of watching a space shuttle launch. Included digital audio recordings made at the Kennedy Space Center of shuttle launches. About the music used.
April 14Huygens and TitanA description of the Huygens spacecraft, and how it will arrive at and land on Titan. Description of conditions on Titan. How to see Saturn in the night sky.
April 21Gravity Probe B launchDescription of the launch of the satellite, and comments on the previous day's abandonned launch attempt by Rex Geveden, GP-B Programme Manager for the Marshall Space Flight Center.
April 21Roving Mars Episode 10The past week's activities on Mars.
April 28Roving Mars Episode 11The past week's activities on Mars.
April 28Materials Science in SpaceHow new materials are being developed for use in space and on Earth. (Courtesy NASA).
May 5Dance On The CeilingA discussion in works and music of how zero gravity has been portrayed in films. About the music used.
May 5Mars Reconnaissance OrbiterA description of the planned 2005 spacecraft - its mission and instrumentation.
May 5Roving Mars Episode 12The past week's activities on Mars.
May 5Mars On EarthJim Garvin, NASA's Lead Scientist for Exploration, takes us on a tour of Surtsey and explains why it is similar to Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
May 12Spirit at Gusev Episode 5 and Roving Mars Episode 13More coverage of the landing of Spirit on Mars. Included aspects of mission design, and navigation in interplanetary flight, plus the past week's activities on Mars.
May 12Beyond the SkyAn exploration of the music of Judy Collins, written in celebration of shuttle pilot Eileen Collins. About the music used.
May19Roving Mars Episode 14The past week's activities on Mars.
May26Roving Mars Episode 15The past week's activities on Mars.
June 2Roving Mars Episode 16The past week's activities on Mars.
June 2Dogs In SpaceA whimsical exploration in sound and music of dogs in space. About the music used.
June 9Roving Mars Episode 17The past week's activities on Mars.
June 9Six Minutes of TerrorA description of the atmospheric entry and landing of the Mars Exploration Rovers. (Courtesy NASA)
June 16To Touch A StarA vision in sound and music of future space exploration. About the music used.
June 16Cassini Arrival At Saturn PreviewCoverage of the anticipated arrival of the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn. Included elements listed below.
June 16Icy Moons of SaturnRobert Mitchell
Cassini Programme Manager
JPL
(Courtesy NASA)
June 16Shaping Saturn's RingsAmanda Hendrix
Planetary Scientist
JPL
(Courtesy NASA)
June 16Atmosphere of TitanAmanda Hendrix
Planetary Scientist
JPL
(Courtesy NASA)
June 16Cassini Arrival OverviewJohn Smith
Cassini Mission Planning Team
JPL

Julie Webster
Cassini Operations Manager
JPL

Kevin Grazier
Cassini Mission Scientist
JPL

Bob Mitchell
Cassini Project Manager
JPL
(Courtesy NASA)

June 16Cassini Ring Plane CrossingDavid Seal
Cassini Science Planning Engineer
JPL

Shin Huh
Cassini Critical Sequence Lead
JPL

Kelley Perry
Cassini Science Planning Officer
JPL
(Courtesy NASA)

June 16Roving Mars Episode 18The past week's activities on Mars.
June 23Roving Mars Episode 19The past week's activities on Mars.
June 23Spaceship OneThe suborbital flight of Spaceship One to what at the time was reported to be over 100 kilometres (but later turned out to be 97 km).
June 30Roving Mars Episode 20The past week's activities on Mars.
June 30Cassini Appoaches SaturnThe final approach of Cassini to Saturn, and the expected events during orbit insertion and the science operations. Programme elements taken from Cassini Press Conference listed on Lectures page.
July 7Cassini Arrival At Saturn Part OneCoverage of the arrival of the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn.
July 7Roving Mars Episode 21The past week's activities on Mars.
July 7Titan's Surface ImagedHow the Cassini spacecraft imaged the surface of Titan during its approach to Saturn.
July 14Cassini Arrival At Saturn Part TwoMore coverage of the arrival of the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn.
July 14Roving Mars Episode 22The past week's activities on Mars.
July 14Aura Launch AbortLive broadcast from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, of the aborted attempt to launch the Aura atmospheric studies spacecraft. Included comments by Ghassem Assar, NASA Associate Administrator, Office of Earth Science.
July 21Aura LaunchCoverage of the launch of the Aura spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
July 21Roving Mars Episode 23The past week's activities on Mars.
July 21Apollo 11 - 35th AnniversaryA celebration of the 35th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing. Included inflight comments on the significance of the mission by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins.
July 28Roving Mars Episode 24The past week's activities on Mars.
July 28Cassini Encounters Saturn's Bow ShockDescription of the magnetospheric bow shock of Saturn, and playing of the plasma wave recordings made by the cassini spacecraft.
July 28Voyager 1 Plasma Wave RecordingsThe plasma wave recordings made by the Voyager 1 spacecraft over a 22 year period were played and explained, and the impending arrival of the 2003 solar shock wave was discussed.
July 28The Lunar Laser RetroreflectorsDescription of the Apollo retroreflectors and what thay have taught us about the Earth-Moon motion, and how they are being used to test Einstein's equivalence principle.
July 28Blue MoonDescription of why we call the second full moon in a month a "blue moon".
August 4Roving Mars Episode 25The past week's activities on Mars.
August 4Messenger Launch Recording of the commentary on the aborted attempt to launch the Messenger spacecraft to the planet Mercury, and of the successful launch the next day Included the comment of Ralph McNutt, Project Scientist, Messenger Mission.
August 11LegendsAn examination in music and sound of the loss of space faring vision. About the music used.
August 11Driving Uphill BackwardsJulie Townsend, Avionics Sytems Engineer, and Joe Melko, Senior Mechnaical Systems Engineer, test various ways to drive the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit backwards with a locked up front wheel. (Courtesy NASA)
August 11Roving Mars Episode 26The past week's activities on Mars.
August 18Mars On IcelandJim Garvin, Chief Scientist for Exploration, NASA, takes us on a guided tour of the Reykjaynes Peninsular in Iceland to see how we can read the geological record of water on Earth and Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
August 18Others Standing ByA musical examination of our quest to go into space. About the music used.
August 18Roving Mars Episode 27The past week's activities on Mars.
August 25Cassini ScienceA look at the science investigations planned for the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn. (Courtesy NASA)
August 25Big Blue SkyMusic as a promotional aspect of humanity's spacefaring endeavours. About the music used.
August 25Arctic Sea Ice MeltingWhat satellite observations are telling us about the melting of artic sea ice and global environmental change.
September 1Mars ExpressA look at the Super/High resolution Stereo Colour Imager aboard the Mars Express spacecraft, in orbit around Mars.
September 1The ChallengeWords and music used to contrast the attitudes of Australians and Americans towards spaceflight. About the music used.
September 1Roving Mars Episode 28The past week's activities on Mars.
September 8Gravity Probe BThe beginning of science operations of the Gravity Probe B, and why it took so long to get the satellite operating. (Courtesy NASA)
September 8Roving Mars Episode 29The past week's activities on Mars.
September 8Genesis RecoveryA preview of tomorrow's anticipated recovery of the Genesis spacraft after flying in interplanetary space to gather samples of the solar wind. (Courtesy NASA)
September 22Roving Mars Episode 30The past week's activities on Mars.
September 22Magnetar FlaresHow particles from a pulsar have caused ionisation of the Earth's atmosphere. (Courtesy NASA)
September 22Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 1Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Introduction to the Commission by President Bush, opening remarks by Pete Aldridge and comments by Raymond Ernst, Chairman of the Aeronautical Insdustry Association's Space Council. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
September 29Roving Mars Episode 31The past week's activities on Mars.
September 29Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 2Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. President Bush discussed Moon-Mars initiative in terms of past explorations, such as Lewis and Clark. Address to Commission by Mark Bitterman, representing the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Space Enterprise Council. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
October 6Roving Mars Episode 32The past week's activities on Mars.
October 6 Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 3Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Address to Commission by Norm Augustine, Chairman of the 1990 Advisory Committee on the future of the United States Space Programme. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
October 13Vale Gordon CooperTo mark his death, a look at the life of Leroy Gordon Cooper, Air Force pilot, Test Pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, and NASA astronaut (Mercury-Atlas 9 and Gemini 5).
October 20Roving Mars Episode 33The past week's activities on Mars.
October 27Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 4Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Address to Commission by General Tom Stafford, former Gemini and Apollo astronaut, in which he reported the findings of the Synthesis Group, which published the "Report on America one the Threshold". (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
October 27Roving Mars Episode 34The past week's activities on Mars. Also a description of the OMEGA instrument aboard the Mars Express spacecraft, and of the plan by the Mars Society and AMSAT to fly a balloon in the martian atmosphere.
November 3Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 5Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. General Tom Stafford, former Gemini and Apollo astronaut, responds to questions put by the Commissioners. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
November 3Roving Mars Episode 35The past week's activities on Mars. Also a description of an instrument aboard the Mars Express spacecraft.
November 10Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 6Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Cort Durocher, Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics makes an oral submission and then responds to questions from the Commissioners. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
November 10Roving Mars Episode 36The past week's activities on Mars. Also a description of the MARIS instrument aboard the Mars Express spacecraft.
November 10Face On Cydonia Episode 1A look at crazy radio in America, where the idea that there is an alien carved human face on the surface of Mars is taken as being true.
November 17Face On Cydonia Episode 2A further look at crazy radio in America, which peddles the idea that there is an alien carved human face on the surface of Mars and that there is a NASA conspiracy to hide it.
November 17Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 7Responses by the Commissioers of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond to questions posed by reporters and the public. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
November 17Roving Mars Episode 37The past week's activities on Mars.
November 24Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 8Additional responses by the Commissioers of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond to questions posed by reporters and the public. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
November 24Roving Mars Episode 38The past week's activities on Mars. Included a description of the PFS instrument aboard the Mars Express spacecraft.
December 1Cosmic OceanThe search for water on the planets and in the cosmos.
December 15Roving Mars Episode 39The past month's activities on Mars.
December 15The A to Z of ELVsA description by George Diller, a NASA launch commentator, of expendable launch vehicles. (Courtesy NASA)
December 15Astrophotography from the Space StationDescription of how Don Petit, ISS Science Officer aboard the International Space Station is taking advantage of his vantage point to make some astronomical observations. (Courtesy NASA)
December 22Roving Mars Episode 40A description of the SPICAM instrument aboard the Mars Express, and an update on the Mars Exploration Rovers.
December 22The Huygens Mission and Rock'N'Roll to TitanA description of the Huygens spacecraft and its mission to Titan, featuring Enrico Flamini, John Zarnicki and Charles Elachi. Also a feature about the placement of the music of Julien Civange and Loius Haéri aboard Huygens. (Courtesy NASA and Music2Titan)
December 22Makeshift Repairs In SpaceHow astronauts could perform makeshift repairs using soldering irons in space.
December 29John Young's CareerA special programme to mark the retirement of John Young from the NASA astronaut corps. Looked at the man and his space missions.
December 29Roving Mars Episode 41The past week's activities on Mars.