SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2005

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
January 5Finding Mars on EarthNASA Scientist Jim Garvin explains how he searches for places on Earth that may have features similar to those on Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
January 5Huygens To Parachute To TitanDescription of the Huygens Probe and its expected arrival on Titan on January 14. (Courtesy NASA)
January 5A Visit to MarsA musical exploration of what it would be like to visit Mars.
January 12Journey To A CometDescription of the Deep Impact mision to strike a comet. (Courtesy NASA)
January 12The Banda Aceh EarthqaukeHow the Boxing Day earthquake caused small changes in the spin and shape of the Earth. (Courtesy NASA)
January 12Predicting Earthquakes From SpaceHow NASA scientists are working towards being able to use satellites to predict when earthquakes may happen. (Courtesy NASA)
January 12Rocky Solar SystemA musical exploration of the small rocky parts of the Solar System.
January 19Deep Impact LaunchThe launch of the Deep Impact spacecraft on January 13. Commentary through countdown to receipt of signal by Tidbinbilla.
January 19Huygens Landing On TitanReplay of the live commentary from the European Space Operations Control Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, of the landing of the Huygens probe on Titan. (Courtesy ESA)
January 26First Scientific Results From HuygensAn examination of the preliminary findings of the Huygens probe after its successful landing on Titan.
January 26The ASPERA InstrumentA description of the science behind the Analyser of Space Plasmas and Energetic Atoms instrument aboard the Mars Express spacecraft orbiting Mars.
January 26Dance Of The PlanetsA description of the methods used to detect extrasolar planets - planets orbiting stars.
Janaury 26Roving Mars Episode 42The past several week's activities on Mars.
February 2Roving Mars Episode 43The past week's activities on Mars.
February 2The SWIFT SatelliteA description of the search fore the cause of gamma ray bursts, and the new SWIFT satellite's role in that search.
February 9Roving Mars Episode 44The past week's activities on Mars.
February 9One Year On MarsA celebration of one year's successful operation of the Mars Exploration Rovers on Mars. Featured Rob Manning (Entry, Descent and Landing Manager), Jessica Collisson (Flight Director), Pete Theisinger (former Project Manager), Steve Squyres (Principal Investigator) and Joy Crisp (Project Scientist). (Courtesy JPL)
February 16Inspiring KidsA feature about teacher Jody West of Washington Middle School, Altadena, California, and her work to inspire children by building Mars rover models. (Courtesy NASA)
February 16Roving Mars Episode 45The past week's activities on Mars.
February 16The Ulysses MissionHow the European Space Agency's Ulysses mission, launched in 1990, continues to study the Sun and the solar wind. (Courtesy NASA)
February 23Lopsided UniverseA discussion of the concept of broken symmetry in our universe.
February 23Roving Mars Episode 46The past week's activities on Mars.
March 2Roving Mars Episode 47The past week's activities on Mars.
March 2The MaRS InstrumentA discussion of the scientific objectives of the Mars Radio Science Experiment aboard the Mars Express spacecraft orbiting Mars.
March 2Titan's RainbowsA discussion of whether the methane rain on Titan would cause rainbows. (Courtesy NASA)
March 2Blue Skies On SaturnA discussion of the colour of the sky at various levels in the atmosphere of Saturn. (Courtesy NASA)
March 9Gravity And The BrainHow the brain has been shown to have a built in model of gravity by a ball-catching exercise by astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle. (Courtesy NASA)
March 9The Kronos QuartetA detailed examination of how the Kronos Quartet has included plasma wave recordings into their music. Included actual recordings of plasma waves and exerpts from the composition Sun Rings.
March 9Roving Mars Episode 48The past week's activities on Mars.
March 16Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 9Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Comments by Patrcia Arnold (United States Space Foundation), Margaret Finarelli (Vice President, International Space University, Strasbourg, France) and June Scobee-Rogers (founding Chairman, Challenger Center for Space Science Education). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
March 16Roving Mars Episode 49The past week's activities on Mars.
March 30Roving Mars Episode 50The past week's activities on Mars.
March 30New Space Propulsion TechnologiesAn examination of research being done to develop new methods of propelling spacecraft. (Coutesy NASA)
March 30Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 10Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Comments by Brett Williams (Fredericksburg High School, Texas), June Scobee-Rogers (founding Chairman, Challenger Center for Space Science Education), Patrcia Arnold (United States Space Foundation) and Don Curran (President, Research Intitute, Dayton University, Dayton, Ohio). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
April 6Roving Mars Episode 51The past week's activities on Mars.
April 6Harvesting Carbon Dioxide On MarsHow supercitical fluid carbon dioxide could be used to extract chemicals from martian rocks to facilitate human colonisation of Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
April 6Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 11Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Comments by Mike Cross (Ball Aerospace, Denver, Colorado), Richard Omlor (YSI, Dayton, Ohio) and Vincent Russo (Executive Director, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
April 6Noctilucient CloudsHow astronauts aboard the International Space Station are studying high altitude clouds in the high lattitude areas of Earth. (Courtesy NASA)
April 13Roberto VittoriProfile of Roberto Vittori, Italian ESA astronaut to be a crew member of Soyux TMA 6. (Courtesy European Space Agency)
April 13Roving Mars Episode 52The past week's activities on Mars, including approval to extend the mission of the two Mars Exploration Rovers for up to 18 months. Also news that film producer George Butler is making an IMAX movie ("Roving Mars") about the Mars Exploration Rovers.
April 13STS 114A description of plans to video the launch and ascent of STS 114, and its approach to the International Space Station. Also changes to the rules under which the Shuttle can now be launched.
April 13Lunar Probes PlannedDetails of lunar missions already under way or planned for the coming decade by Europe, India, Japan, China and the United States.
April 13Sounds and Flames In SpaceHow sounds and flames behave in zero-gravity inside a spacecraft. (Courtesy NASA)
April 20Soyuz TMA 6The mission objectives, launch preparations and launch of Soyuz TMA 6 on a flight to the International Space Station. Included NASA and RSA commentary from Houston and Korolev control centres.
>April 27Red PlanetThe history of our knowledge of Mars.
May 4ISS Expedition ElevenA description of the objectives of the eleventh crew to live aboard the International Space Station. (Courtesy NASA)
May 4Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 12Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Comments by Pete Aldridge (Commission Chairman), Stanley Mohler (Professor of Medicine, School of Aerospace medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio), Mary Frey (Professor Emeritus, School of Aerospace Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
May 11Shuttle Return to Flight - STS 114A description of changes to the Shuttle vehicle and operating proceedures, and the flight plans for STS 114.
May 11Roving Mars Episode 53The past week's activities on Mars. Also the search for the Mars Polar Lander, problems deploying the Mars Express radar antenna and plans for the Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter.
May 11Space OdysseyA review of the BBC DVD "Space Odyssey", which depicts human journeys to the planets of the Solar System.
May 11Smallest Black HoleAn examination of news that a news type of small black hole has been detected in NGC 4395.
May 11Early UniverseThe new view by the Spitzer Space Telescope of the early Universe.
May 18Hubble Sound MontageA celebration of the decade of achievement of the Hubble Space Telescope, and an update on plans to "save" the telescope.
May 18Soap Bubble on ISSAstronauts blow soap bubbles. (Courtesy NASA)
May 18Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 13Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Comments by Pete Aldridge (Commission Chairman), General Greg Martin (Commander, Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio), and Lieutenant General Dan Leaf, United States Space Command, Colorado Springs). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
May 25The End Of GalileoA look back at the final plunge of the Galileo spacecraft into the atmosphere of Jupiter. Included tributes to the craft's achievements by project scientists and engineers, a reflection on the genesis of the mission by a panel of early project scientists, and the data collected in the final hours of the mission.
May 25Roving Mars Episode 54The past several week's activities on Mars.
June 1Voyager Nears HeliopauseDiscussion of news that Voyager 1 is nearing the heliopause and may sometime in the next few years emerge into interstellar space.
June 1Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 14Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Comments by Major General Paul Neilson (Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force base, Dayton, Ohio), General Greg Martin (Commander, Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
June 8Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 15Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. How to create the prosperous society needed to support the costly endeavour of going to Mars. Comments by Daniel Curran (President, University of Dayton, Ohio), Mike Cross (Project Manager, Ball Aerospace), Richard Omlar (President, YSI Incorporated), Vincent Russo (retired senior executive, Wright Patterson Air Force Base). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
June 8Roving Mars Episode 55The past week's activities on Mars, including news that Opportunity had successfully escaped from a sand dune.
June 8SMART 1Descrription of the mission of the European Space Agency's SMART 1 lunar spacecraft. (Courtesy ESA)
June 15Roving Mars Episode 56The past week's activities on Mars.
June 15Sergei Krikalev Sets New RecordNew space endurance record set as Krikalev moves from third to second in the time in space league table. Now heading to exceed Sergei Avdeyev's 747 days in space sometime in August.
June 15Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 16Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. How to develop the science and technology needed to support the challenging endeavour of going to Mars. Comments by Roger Angel (Professor of Astronomy and Optical Science, University of Arizona) and Michael Duke (Director, Space Combustion Center, Colorado School of Mines). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
June 22Roving Mars Episode 57The past week's activities on Mars.
June 22Successors to EinsteinThe competition to develop new theories to replace Einstein's theories. A description of the LATOR experiment. (Courtesy NASA)
June 22Searching for the Origins of Life on TitanA description of the Huygens space craft which landed on Titan. (Courtesy ESA)
June 29Deep Impact SpacecraftHow Deep Impact will strike Comet Temple 1. Drew attention to the inversion of the movie theme. (Some elements courtesy NASA).
June 29Roving Mars Episode 58The past week's activities on Mars.
July 6Deep Impact at Temple 1 - Part OneDescription of the arrival of the Deep Impact mission at comet Temple 1. Included NASA commentary hosted by Gay Yee, and audio featurettes.
July 13Deep Impact at Temple 1 - Part TwoDescription of the arrival of the Deep Impact mission at comet Temple 1. Included NASA commentary hosted by Gay Yee, and audio featurettes.
July 20Deep Impact at Temple 1 - Part ThreeDescription of the arrival of the Deep Impact mission at comet Temple 1. Included NASA commentary hosted by Gay Yee, and audio featurettes.
July 20STS 114 Launch ScrubThe cancellation of the launch of STS 114 because of sensor problems. Also looked at Austrlian media coverage of the scrub.
July 27STS 114 LaunchDescription of the launch of STS 114. Included NASA commentary.
July 27Eileen CollinsProfile of STS 114 Commander.
August 3Tenth Planet DiscoveredDescription of the discovery of a large object in the Kuiper Belt.
August 3Roving Mars Episode 59The past several week's activities on Mars. Also details of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, due for launch next week. Look forward to the opposition of Mars.
August 3STS 114 Mission Overview - Part OneFeature about the return to flight of the Discovery. (Courtesy NASA)
August 10STS 114 Mission Overview - Part TwoFeature about the return to flight of the Discovery. (Courtesy NASA)
August 10CryosatDescription of the European Space Agency's Cryosat mission to study the Earth's ice cover. (Courtesy ESA)
August 10Roving Mars Episode 60The past several week's activities on Mars. Also the granular properties of the sands of Mars.
August 10Neil ArmstrongA feature to celebrate Neil Armstrong's 70th birthday.
August 17Lunar Reconnaissance OrbiterDescription of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. (Courtesy NASA)
August 24Mars Reconnaissance OrbiterConstruction of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, preparation of the spacecraft for launch, how the craft was launched, and mission objectives.
August 24Eileen CollinsA tribute in word and music to the first woman to command a space shuttle mission.
August 24Roving Mars Episode 61The past several week's activities on Mars.
August 31STS 114 Mission Overview - Part ThreeFeature about the return to flight of the Discovery. (Courtesy NASA)
September 7Fourth Rock From The SunA description of Mars.
September 14The Case For the MoonAn advocacy for sending humans back to the Moon before going on to Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
September 21John Bacall ObituaryA look back at the life and achievements of John Bacall, 1934 to 2005.
September 21Roving Mars Episode 62The past several week's activities on Mars.
September 21WMAPThe results of the WMAP satellite mission to map the microwave background radiation to ultra-high precision. (Courtesy NASA)
September 21Hubble ScienceA retrospective on the achivements of the Hubble Space Telescope.
September 28Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 17Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. What we learn by visiting asteroids, and how we might use them in the future. Evidence from Andrew Cheng (Supervisor, Planetary Exploration Group, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
October 5Launch of Soyuz TMA 7Included commentary of the launch of the Soyuz TMA 7 spacecraft and of the subsequent link up with the International Space Station. Carried ISS Expedition 12 Crew and space tourist Greg Olsen.
October 5Roving Mars Episode 63The past several week's activities on Mars.
October 12Roving Mars Episode 64The past week's activities on Mars.
October 12Launch of Shenzhou 6Description of the launch of China's second manned spacecraft.
October 12Landing of Soyuz TMA 6Description of the return to Earth of ISS Expedition 11 crew and space tourist Greg Olsen.
October 12Japan Tests Supersonic Aircraft Design at Woomera.Prototype design flown at mach 2 for 15 minutes.
October 12CryosatLaunch plans and mission objectives for the European Space Agency's Cryosat spacecraft designed to study the Earth's ice cover.
October 26Roving Mars Episode 65The past several week's activities on Mars.
October 26Launching A Dream - Part OneThe student designed SSETI Express spacecraft. (Courtesy ESA)
November 2Roving Mars Episode 66The past week's activities on Mars, and the opposition of Mars.
November 2Launching A Dream - Part TwoDelayed broadcast of ESA's live coverage of the launch of the student designed SSETI Express spacecraft from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. (Courtesy ESA)
November 2Venus ExpressHow the Venus Express spacecraft will be communicated with during its journey from Earth to Venus. (Courtesy ESA)
November 9Venus Express LaunchDelayed broadcast of ESA's live coverage of this afternoon's launch of their Venus Express spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. (Courtesy ESA)
November 9Darwin and the Search for New WorldsEuropean plans for a satellite that will carry out spectroscopic searches for evidence of life on extrasolar planets. (Courtesy ESA)
November 9Pluto MoonsDiscovery that Pluto may have three moons. (Courtesy NASA)
November 9Roving Mars Episode 67The past week's activities on Mars.
November16Roving Mars Episode 68The past week's activities on Mars.
November23Roving Mars Episode 69The past week's activities on Mars.
November 30Hayabusa Lands On ItokawaDescription of Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft and its landing on the Asteroid Itokawa.
December 7Roving Mars Episode 70The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit survives a full Martian year.
December 14Venus ExpressHow the Venus Express spacecraft will be tracked and navigated on its journey from Earth to Venus. (Courtesy ESA)
December 14Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 18Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Comments by John Glenn (United States Senate, former NASA astronaut). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 14Roving Mars Episode 71The past week's activities on Mars.
December 21Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 19Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Responses by John Glenn (United States Senate, former NASA astronaut) to questions put by the Commissioners. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 21Roving Mars Episode 72The past week's activities on Mars.
December 28Space MusicA musical Space Show to end the year.