SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2007

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
January 10Foams Aboard International Space StationProperties of foams being investigated aboard ISS. (Courtesy NASA)
January 10Roving Mars Episode 87The Mars Exploration Rovers Complete three years exploring Mars.
January 10New Horizons One Year Into Decade-long Journey To PlutoTo mark anniversary of launch a look at the mission and its objectives. Included comments from Alan Stern Principal Investigator), Leslie Young (Deputy Project Scientist), Robert Farquhar (Mission Director), Andrew Cheng (Mission Scientist). (Some audio inserts courtesy Johns Hopkins University)
Janaury 10SMART 1 Ends MissionAn examination of the European Space Agency's SMART 1 spacecraft and its importance to the European space effort.
January 17Ancient PlanetDetails of a Jupiter-like planet discovered in the M4 globular cluster by the Hubble Space telescope. (Courtesy NASA)
January 17BlackoutsHow our Sun can cause electrical power blackouts here on Earth. (Courtesy NASA)
January 24Roving Mars Episode 88Opportunity's story. (Courtesy NASA)
January31Roving Mars Episode 89The past few weeks' activities on Mars.
January 31Ice ExpeditionThe findings of an expedition to expore the sub-ice rivers in Greenland. (Courtesy NASA)
January 31Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - Episode 1The new capabilities the MRO has brought to the study of the red planet. (Courtesy NASA)
February 7Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - Episode 2The new capabilities the MRO has brought to the study of the red planet. (Courtesy NASA)
February 7Lisa NowakA profile of Lisa Nowak, including her STS 121 mission.
February 7Keeping Tabs On OzoneHow European scientists are using the Envisat spacecraft to monitor stratospheric ozone concentrations. (Courtesy ESA)
February 14Bird Tracking By The Argos System Owls are being tracked in alpine forest using satellites. (Courtesy ESA)
February 21Roving Mars Episode 90The past few weeks' activities on Mars.
February 21Space ScentsPerfume research in space. (Courtesy NASA)
February 21THEMIS and the AuroraThe launch of the THEMIS satellite and its mission to study the aurora.
February 28Rosetta Flyby Of MarsHow Rosetta altered course using a swingby of Mars. Details of the Rosetta mission objectives. (Included elements courtesy ESA)
March 7HibernationResearch into hibernation that could both benefit humans on Earth and during spaceflight. (Courtesy ESA)
March 14Rosetta Comet LanderThe Philae lander and its objectives. (Courtesy ESA)
March 7Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - Episode 3Launch logistics for the MRO. (Courtesy NASA)
March 14Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - Episode 4Navigating the MRO to Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
March 14Atmospheres on Extra-solar PlanetsDiscovery of atmospheres on planets outside our solar system. (Courtesy Spitzer Science Center)
March 28Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - Episode 5Placing the MRO into orbit around Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
March 28Rotation Period of SaturnNew measurements by the Cassini spacecraft of radio transmissions from Saturn establish a modified figure for the rotation rate of Saturn's core.
April 11International Polar YearThe scientific programme of the International Polar Year. (Courtesy NASA)
April 11Hunting for Molecules on Faraway PlanetsHow the Spitzer Space Telescope is looking for molecules that could indicate the presence of life on exrasolar planets. (Courtesy Jane Platt, JPL)
April 18Ulysses Again Passes Over Sun's South Pole.Discussion of the findings of Ulysses and plans to compare these with measurements to be made in 2008 of the North Pole of the Sun. (Courtesy Space Telescope Science Institute)
April 18Roving Mars Episode 91The past month's activities on Mars.
April 18Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - Episode 6Altering the MRO's orbit around Mars using aerobraking. (Courtesy NASA)
April 26The Moon and IndustryThe U.S. Vision for Space Explotation and how some see manned flights to the Moon as a stimulus to industry.
May 2Launch of the AIM spacecraftDescription of the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft and its mission. Included launch commentary.
May 2Planetary NebulaeNew studies of the gas clouds thrown off dying stars. (Courtesy NPR)
May 16AndromedaNew findings by the Spitzer Space Telescope about the Andromeda galaxy. (Courtesy Spitzer Science Center)
May 30Mars MicePlans involving the University of Queensland to fly mice in space under simulated martian gravity. (Courtesy NASA)
May 30Valles MarinerisAn audio tour of Valles Marineris on Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
May 30Jupiter and SaturnNew studies of x-ray emission from Jupiter and Saturn by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. (Courtesy Harvard University)
June 6Gravity Probe BThe satellite's mission to study gravito-magnetism. (Courtesy NASA)
June 13STS 117 Preparations for flight and launch of the Atlantis on a construction mission to the International Space Station.
June 20Membranes to help missions to MarsNew technologies being developed to support human missions to Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
June 20Why The Moon?Reasons for returning humans to the Moon include advancing human civilisation, scientific knowledge, forging global partnerships, encouraging economic expansion and engaging the public in exploration. (Courtesy NASA)
July 4Roving Mars Episode 92The past two month's activities on Mars.
July 4STS117 LandingDescription of the final days and landing of the STS 117 mission.
July 4Journey To The Giant AsreroidsThe Dawn mission to Ceres and Pallas. (Courtesy Marshall Space Flight Center)
July 11Fly With Me In SpaceMusic recounting the joys of living aboard the International Space Station.
July 11Mysterious Titan RevealedAstonishing new details about Titan. (Courtesy ESA)
July 11Magnetospheric CracksResults from the Image spacecraft which shows how the solar wind can eneter the Earth's magnetosphere.
July 18The SOHO 19/GONG ConferenceA report on the helioseismology conference held in Melbourne. Description of the solar research reported at the confernce, which was organised by Paul Cully of Monash University.
August 1Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 22Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Public submissions from Lyle Kelly, Gerald Zakinsky, Alan Thompson, Steven Solich, John Berneki, John Livingston, Danny Cooper and Monica Ice in Dayton, Ohio. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
August 1Future Mars SpacecraftPlans for continued exploration of mars in the coming decade.
August 1Roving Mars Episode 93The past month's activities on Mars, including the effect of dust storms on the Mars Exploration Rovers.
August 1The Phoenix MissionPlans to land the space probe in the polar region of Mars. Included Arizona University's Peter Smith, Principal Investigator of the Phoenix mission. (Courtesy University of Arizona)
August 8Phoenix On Its WayThe launch of the Phoenix spacecraft towards Mars.
August 8STS 118Comments by the crew of STS 118 on their mission. (Courtesy JSC)
August 15The Phoenix Polar Lander MissionReport on the mission preparations and objectives. Included Ron Meuller, Mission Manager, NASA Launch Services; Chuck Dovale, Launch Manager, NASA Launch Services; and Peter Smith, Principal Investigator, Phoenix, University of Arizona. (Courtesy Tiffany Nail, NASA Launch Services)
August 15STS 118 LaunchCommentary on the launch of STS 118, from countdown to orbital insertion.
August 22Roving Mars Episode 94The past week's activities on Mars, including an update on the effect of dust storms on the Mars Exploration Rovers.
August 22Landing of STS 118Commentary of the landing of the space shuttle.
August 29Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 23Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. Press conference in which members of the Commission answer questions from members of the media in Dayton, Ohio. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Auguist 29Black HolesThe critical role supermassive black holes have in the lives of stars and galaxies. (Courtesy Spitzer Science Center)
August 29Yoyager 30 Years LaterA look at the status of the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft 30 years after their launch, and a look forward to what they will be doing over the next few years. (Courtesy Jane Platt, JPL) Also an update on the location and trajectory of the Voyagers, and a musical tribute.
September 5Destination TomorrowThe aims of the Phoenix mission to land on the polar region of Mars. Included comments fom Peter Smith, the Phoenix Lander Principal Investigator, University of Arizona. (Courtesy Tanya St. Romain)
September 12Roving Mars Episode 95The past fortnight's activities on Mars.
September 12Chandra's Eighth BirthdayWhat the Chandra Xray Observatory has achieved in the 8 years since its launch. (Courtesy Chandra Xray Center)
September 12Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 24Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Witnesses included Narayanan Komerath (Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology) and Daneil Hegeman (student, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
September 26Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 25Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Paul Olume (Director, Center for Education, Integrating Science, mathematics and Computing) on how to support the Moon-Mars Initiative through making education more effective. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
September 26Mars Express Probes UndergroundHow the European craft is using the Mars Advanced Radar to detect where water ice lies under the martian surface. (Courtesy ESA)
September 26500 Days At VenusThe preliminary findings of the Venus Express spacecraft, which earleir this month passed 500 days in orbit around Venus.
September 26Stardust and Wild 2A look back at the findings of the Stardust spacecraft about the Comet Wild 2. (Courtesy MSFC)
October 3Sputnik Plus 50 yearsA 45 minute special tracing the development of rocketry from the 1940's to the late 1950's, leading the launch of Sputnik1, the American response with Vanguard and Explorer, the early manned missions, the advent of communications satellites, and the subsequent race to the Moon.
October 3Dawn LaunchCoverage of the launch of the Dawn spacecraft towards Vesta and Ceres. Included comments by Omar Baez, NASA Launch Director.
October 17Sputnik 1 - America's ReactionHow American's reacted to the launch of Sputnik 1. (Courtesy Jane Platt, JPL)
October 24Cassini Mission ReportRecent events aboard and observations by the Cassini spacecraft as it orbits Saturn. (Courtesy Todd Barber, JPL)
October 24Children's Space AspirationsYoung people describe their thoughts about space exploration and the future.
October 24STS 120 LaunchCoverage of the launch of STS 120. Included audio inserts from NASA's commentary.
October 31STS 120 MissionThe delivery of the Harmony module to the International Space Station.
October 31Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 26aSubmissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Former astronaut Winston Scott and now Executive Director, Florida Space Authority, and Tim Huddleston, Executive Director, Aerospace States Association, on the role of public-private partnerships. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
November 7STS 120 MissionThe final days of the mission and landing.
November 7Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 26bSubmissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Former astronaut Winston Scott and now Executive Director, Florida Space Authority, and Tim Huddleston, Executive Director, Aerospace States Association, respond to questions from Commissioners about the role of public-private partnerships. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
November 14Shuman ResonanceA global electrical resonance signal may have been found on Titan by the Huygens probe. (Courtesy Daniel Skuka, ESA)
November 14Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 27Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael Balzano, Executive Director, National Industrial Base Workforce Coalition; Charlie Bofferding, Council of Engineering and Scientist; and Jeff Rainey, Business representative, District 166, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, on building space jobs. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
November 21Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 28Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael Balzano, Executive Director, National Industrial Base Workforce Coalition; Charlie Bofferding, Council of Engineering and Scientist; and Jeff Rainey, Business representative, District 166, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, respond to questions from the Commissionersd on ways to build space jobs. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
November 28Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 29Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Former astronaut and now Deputy for Advanced Systems, United States Missile Defense Agency, Gary Payton on changes needed in NASA's culture and way of doing things in order to face the challenges of sending humans to the Moon and then on to Mars. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 5NanosurgeonsTiny machines are being developed to carry out surgery. (Courtesy MSFC)
December 5Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 30Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Former astronaut and now Deputy for Advanced Systems, United States Missile Defense Agency, Gary Payton responses to questions from Commissioners on changes needed in NASA's culture. Recommends organising NASA in much the same way the Missile Defense Agency is run. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 5Roving Mars Episode 96The past several month's activities on Mars. Included news of possible liquid water on Mars.
December 12Neon in SpaceDiscovery of neon gas around some stars. (Courtesy Spitzer Science Center)
December 12Seeing Meteors from the International Space StationHow astronauts can sometimes see meteor showers as the look down on the Earth's atmosphere from their orbital vantage point. (Courtesy MSFC)
December 12Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 31Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Former astronaut and now President and Chief Executive Officer, AXA Space, Frederick Hauck; Professor Harry McSween, University of Tennessee; Ronald Turner, Principal Physicist, ANSER Corpoation, describe the report "Safe On Mars", which discussed the safety issues of sending humans to Mars. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 19Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 32Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Former astronaut and now President and Chief Executive Officer, AXA Space, Frederick Hauck; Professor Harry McSween, University of Tennessee; Ronald Turner, principal Physicist, ANSER Corpoation respond to Commissioners' questions about their report "Safe On Mars", which discussed the safety issues of sending humans to Mars. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 26Asteroid Threatens MarsA newly discovered asteroid has a 1 in 75 chance of hitting Mars next month. (Courtesy MSFC)
December 26Uncommon MoonsMoon's like the Earth's may be relatively uncommon. (Courtesy Spitzer Science Center)
December 26This Month at NASAA description of the past month's activities at NASA (Courtesy NASA)