SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2006

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
January 4Space MusicA variety of music with a space theme to start the year.
January 11Stardust Return To Earth - Episode OneAn examination of the Stardust mission as it approached the Earth at the end of its seven year voyage to collect stellar and cometay material.
January 18Stardust Return To Earth - Episode TwoCoverage of the return of the Stardust spacecraft to earth. Included recording of NASA's live commentary of the return.
Janaury 18New Horizons Launch AttemptCovergae of this morning's postponed attempt to launch the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto.
January 25Launch of New HorizonsCommentary of the successful launch of the New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto.
Janauary 25The Leap SecondAn explanation of why a leap second was inserted in our day on January 1 at 11 a.m. (AEDT) this year.
February 1New Horizons MissionAn overview of the New Horizons spacecraft now enroute to Pluto.
February 1The STS 107 MissionA commemoration of the ill fated final flight of Space Shuttle Columbia. Concentrated on the day-by-day achievements of this science mission.
February 8Roving Mars Episode 73The past month's activities on Mars.
February 16KliperEuropean interest in a proposed Russian manned spacecraft. (Courtesy ESA)
February 22Role Of Launch ServicesFeature in which those involved in preparing the New Hrizons spacecraft for launch describe their roles. (Courtesy NASA)
March 1European Robotic ArmEuropean arm built for International Space Station. Comments by astronaut Andre Kuipers. (Courtesy ESA)
March 1Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 20Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. How military research can support the initiative. Testimony by: Colonel Joseph Boyle, Associate Director, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio; Colonel Mike Leahy, Director of Air Vehicles, Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio; and Colonel William McCasland, Director of Space Vehicles, Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
March 8Roving Mars Episode 74The past month's activities on Mars, and the approach to Mars of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
March 8Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 21Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. How the aerospace industry can support the initiative. testimony by: Michael Mott, Vice President and General Manager, The Boeing Company; Jeff Harris, Vice President, Strategic Management, Information Systems Division, Lockheed Martin; and Graig Stresinch, Northrop Grumman. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
March 15Water On EnceladusThe significance of the finding by the Cassini spacecraft that Saturn's moon Enceladus is geologically active and may have liquid water. (Courtesy NASA)
March 15Arrival Of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter At The Red PlanetThe events that led to the placement of MRO into martian orbit. (Courtesy Jane Platt, JPL)
March 15Solar Storm WarningAn unprecedented warning of expected activity on the Sun. (Courtesy NASA)
March 22Everyday Life On MarsWhat is was like to live in one of the Mars Society's Mars Analogue Research Stations. (Courtesy Mars Society)
March 29Next Stop VenusPreparations for the Venus Express mission, and how it built on the heritage of the Mars Express spacecraft. (Courtesy ESA)
March 29Venus MysteriesThe known facts about Venus, and the mysteries that it is hoped the Venus Express spacecraft will solve. (Courtesy ESA)
March 29Solar EclipsesSolar eclipses and how humans have studied them for millenia. (Courtesy NASA)
April 5Dark Rings Of JupiterFindings of the Galileo spacecraft about the rings of Jupiter. (Courtesy NASA)
April 5Lightning in Saturn's AtmosphereThe "sounds" of lightning in Saturn's atmosphere as recorded from radio signals received by the Cassini spacecraft.
April 5Arrival Of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter At The Red PlanetThe events in mission control as the MRO was place in orbit around Mars. Included comments by many involved in the project.
April 5Venus RiddlesHow Venus compares to the other three inner planets, and some of the riddles about Venus that the Venus Express is aimed at solving.
April 12Roving Mars Episode 75The fortnight's activities on Mars.
April 19Earth and VenusExamined the similarities and differences between the Earth and Venus, and looked at the mission of the Venus Express spacecraft. (Courtesy ESA)
April 26String Of Pearls CometA fragmented comet about to become visble to amatuer astronomers. (Courtesy NASA)
April 26A Walk In The CloudsDescription of the Cloudsat and Calypso spacecraft made just minutes before their expected launch. (Courtesy Jane Platt, JPL)
May 3Scott CrossfieldTo mark his death, a celebration of the life of test pilot Scott Crossfield, focussing on his time at Edwards Air Force Base and the X-15 development.
May 3CALIPSO and CloudSatThe missions of these two Earth observation satellites.
May 3Lightning Crackles on SaturnThe Cassini spacecraft's observations of electrical storms in Saturn's atmosphere. (Courtesy Jane Platt, JPL)
May 3EnceledusThe Cassini spacecraft's plasma wave recordings in the vicinity of Saturn's moon Enceledus.
May 3International Space Station Expedition 13Description of the crew of the thirteenth crew of the International Space Station.
May 10Roving Mars Episode 76The past month's activities on Mars.
May 10Eileen CollinsCelebration of the career with NASA of four times Shuttle Pilot/Commander Eileen Collins. Included musical tribute to her.
May 10Venus Express and VenusA look at the planet Venus. Beginning with a report on the launch of the Venus Express spacecraft, the feature then moved on to describing the planet and the mysteries it is hoped the spacecraft will solve. Also how amateur astronomers could get involved. (Courtesy ESA)
May 17TOPEX/PoseidonThe achievements of the U.S. and French satellite TOPEX/Posiedon as it nears the end of its mission. (Courtesy Jane Platt, JPL)
May 17PulsarsNew findings have been made about pulsars by the Spitzer Space Telescope. (Courtesy, NASA)
May 17The Herschel Infrared Space Telescope.Infrared astronomy and the new European space telescope's work. (Courtesy ESA)
May 17Stardust FindingsA report on the preliminary findings of the Stardust mission which returned particles of cometary and interstellar material to Earth. (Courtesy NPR)
May 24Terrestrial Planet FinderThe search for Earth-like extra-solar planets. (Courtesy NASA)
May 24Vulcanism on VenusThe events that have shaped the surface of Venus, and the search for active vulcanism by the Venus Express spacecraft. (Courtesy ESA)
May 24The GOES N spacecraftDescription of the weather satellite and its scientific objectives.
May 31Venus Express Orbit InsertionReplay of the ESA covergae of the insertion of the Venus Express into orbit around Venus, and discussion of how the spacecraft gathers data and sends it to Earth. (Courtesy ESA)
May 31The Sun-Earth ConnectionAn examination of the Sun and its storms, and how they can affect the Earth. (Courtesy NASA)
May 31Hydrogen FuelProgress towards using hydrogen as a fuel in cars and trucks. (Courtewsy NASA)
June 7Roving Mars Episode 77The past month's activities on Mars.
June 14Roving Mars Episode 78The past week's activities on Mars.
June 14The STEREO missionHow the twin Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory spacecraft will be lauched, their trajectories into heliocentric orbit, and their mission to study coronal mass ejection from the Sun in three dimensions.
June 21Roving Mars Episode 79The past week's activities on Mars.
June 28Venus Express Data GatheringA description of how Venus Express makes use of spectral windows to see the surface of Venus. (Courtesy ESA)
July 5STS 121 LaunchCoverage of this morning's countdown and launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery.
July 12Roving Mars Episode 80The past month's activities on Mars.
July 12STS 121Coverage of the ongoing flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.
July 19Roving Mars Episode 81The past week's activities on Mars.
July 19STS 121The landing of the Space Shuttle Discovery.
July 26STS 121Events aboard Discovery during the STS 121 mission.
July 26Cassini at SaturnRecent findings by the Cassini spacecraft as it orbits Saturn. (Courtesy Jane Platt, Public Affairs Officer, JPL)
July 26Venus Express ManoeuvresPreparations which were made in mission control for the insertion into orbit around Venus of the Venus Express. (Courtesy ESA)
August 2Venus Express NavigationHow Venus Express was navigated from Earth to Venus. (Courtesy ESA)
August 2Rosetta Comet ChaserHow Rosetta, already enroute, will approach and land on a comet in 2014. (Courtesy ESA)
August 9Searching For Life On MarsThe search by the Mars Express spacecraft for evidence that might indicate where life might once have existed on Mars. (Courtesy ESA)
August 9Tracking and Communicating with Venus ExpressHow tracking stations in Spain and Australia are being used to track and communicate with the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft as it orbit Venus. (Courtesy ESA)
August 16Sounds and Flames In SpaceWhat it sounds like aboard the Space Shuttle, and how flames burn in microgravity conditions. (Courtesy NASA)
August 16The ESA Mission Control CentreA visit to the Control Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, with empahsis on their role in the Venus Express mission. (Coutesy ESA)
August 16The Rosetta MissionAn overview of the spacecraft on its way to explore a comet. (Courtesy ESA)
August 23Helios SonificationsHow Roberto Morales Manzanares is taking the data stream from the Solar Energetic Particles instuments aboard the Helios 1 and Helios 2 spacecraft, which are in heliocentric orbit, and converting the data to music.
August 23STEREO Mission OverviewA description of the twin STEREO spacecraft that will be launched into heliocentric orbit to study the Sun. (Courtesy NASA)
August 23Preparations For The Launch Of STEREOChuck Dovale and Omar Baez describe events that will occur when the STEREO mission is launched. (Courtesy NASA)
August 23ISS ViewingExplanation of how and when to see the International Space Station from Melbourne.
August 30Nine - er - Eight PlanetsThe decision to reclassify Pluto as a result of a new definition of the word "planet".
August 30Microgravity ExperimentationHow scientific investigations are conducted in microgravity conditions aboard the Space Shuttle. (Courtesy NASA)
September 6SMART 1The work of the SMART 1 solar-electric propelled spaceraft in orbit around the Moon. (Courtesy ESA)
September 13Grannular Materials In SpaceThe physics of granular materials in microgravity consitions. (Courtesy NASA)
September 13Roving Mars Episode 82The past month's activities on Mars, and the search for water on Mars.
September 20STS 115Coverage of the flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station. Included live commentary of the spectacular passgae of the Atlantis and ISS over Melbourne as the two flew in formation across our western twilight sky.
September 20RosettaThe plans for the Rosetta spacecraft to study a comet. (Courtesy ESA)
September 27STS 115 and Soyuz TMA-9Coverage of the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis, and the launch of Soyuz TMA-9 to the ISS.
October 4Soyuz TMA-9 / Soyuz TMA-8Description of the docking of Soyuz TMA-9 with spaceflight participant Ansari and Expedition 14 crew at the International Space Station. Included commnetary from Korolov Control Centre in Moscow, and press conference from aboard ISS. Landing of Soyuz TMA-8 with returning Expedition 13 crew and Ansari.
October 11STS 115 Post landing press conference. (Courtesy NASA)
October 11STEREOAn overview of the STEREO Mission to study the Sun. (Courtesy NASA, ABC Radio WA)
October 18STEREOThe orbits of the the twin STEREO spacecraft as they head out to heliocentric orbit. (Courtesy NASA, ABC Radio WA)
October 11Roving Mars Episode 83The past month's activities on Mars.
October 18Optus D1Coverage of the October 16 launch of an Ariane 5 from Kourou with Australia's Optus D1, the USA's DirecTV and Japan's LDREX satellites. Included comments by Optus' Gordon Pike.
October 18Roving Mars Episode 84The past week's activities on Mars.
October 25STEREOFinal preparations for the launch of the solar study twin spacecraft. (Courtesy NASA, ABC Radio WA)
October 25The Life Of A GalaxyHow the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer satellites are revealing new details about galaxies. (Coutesy Jane Platt, JPL)
October 25LCROSSPlans to crash a spacecraft into the Moon in 2008 to try to detect water. (Courtesy NASA)
November 1STEREO LaunchCoverage of the launch of the twin STEREO spacraft on a mission to study the Sun. Included commentary from Mike Falleen at the Delta Telemetry Station.
November 8Transit of MercuryDetails and times of tomorrow's transit of Mercury, methods to observe it, and dates of future transits.
November 8HinodeA description of Japan's Hinode satellite, formerly known as Solar B. (Courtesy NASA)
November 8Planet QuestPlans for the Kepler space telescope to search for planets after its launch in 2008. (Courtesy Jo Pitesky, JPL)
November 29Roving Mars Episode 85The past month's activities on Mars.
November 29Is the Moon Still Alive?New findings about what appear to be very young craters on the Moon. (Courtesy NASA)
November 29Cassini Flies Past TitanAn update on a recent flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, during which the Cassini spacecraft discovered a lake. (Courtesy Todd Barber, JPL)
November 29STS 116 Countdown Dress RehersalDescription of the arrival of the STS 116 Discovery crew at the Kennedy Space Center for a launch rehersal. (Courtesy KSC)
December 6Roving Mars Episode 86The past week''s activities on Mars.
December 13The Celsius MissionThe role of Swedish astronaut Christer Fugelsang in the Celsius mission (ESA's involvement in the STS 116 mission to the ISS).
December 13STS 116 LaunchCoverage of the launch of STS 116 Discovery to the International Space Station, and of the first days of the mission.
December 20STS 116 FlightCoverage of the STS 116 Discovery's flight to the International Space Station, and of the spacewalks and construction activities at the ISS.
December 27STS 116 LandingThe landing of Space Shuttle Discovery after its visit to the Intenational Space Station.
December 27Apollo 8Feature for anniversary of landing of Apollo 8 after orbiting the Moon.