SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2008

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
January 2Hunting For HabitatsThe aims of the Phoenix mission to the north polar area of Mars. Included comments by Chris Lewicki, Flight System Engineer, Leslie Tamppari, Project Scientist, Deborah Bass, Deputy Project Scientist and Peter Smith, Principal Investigator. (Courtesy JPL)
January 2Red MarsWhy Mars is so red.
January 2Ring Of Dark MatterA collision between two galaxies has left a ring of dark matter. (Courtesy ESA)
January 2Earth At PerihelionA description of the Earth's orbit in words and music.
January 2Greenhouses On MarsHow to grow plants in the Martian environment. (Courtesy NASA)
January 9Hitching A Ride On An AsteroidHow asteroids could be used to protect space travellers from the effects of radiation. (Courtesy STScI)
January 9Our Galactic CentreHow the Chandra Xray Observatory is able to see the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy. (Courtest CXC)
January 9Gravity Probe BA description of the Gravity Probe B satellite and its mission to test Einstein's Theory of Relativity. (Courtesy NASA)
January 16What Are Supernovae?Some of the latest discoveries about supernovae. (Coutesy CXC)
January 16Ulysses Flyby Of The Sun's North PoleReport on what Ulysses found when it again flew over the noth polar area of the Sun. (Courtesy NASA)
January 23Star Generations In Globular ClustersThe Hubble Space telescope has shown there are three distinct populations of stars in globular cluster NGC 2808. (Courtesy ESA)
January 23Exlporer 1Marking the 50th anniversary of the launch of Explorer 1 on 1958 February 1. (Courtesy JPL)
January 23GIOVETwo GIOVE satellits are proving the technologies needed to support the European navigational satellite system Galileo. (Courtesy ESA)
January 23Roving Mars Episode 97The fourth anniversary of the landing of the Mars Exploration Rovers. Included comments by John Callas, MER Project Manager, JPL. Also updates on the Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Phoenix spacecraft.
January 23Messenger Flies Past MercuryA report on the flyby of Mercury by the Messenger spacecraft. (Courtesy NASA)
January 23Radio Galaxies and X-raysWhy the Chandra Xray Observatory is being used to study galaxies that emit radio waves. (Courtesy CXC)
January 30Galactic ClustersRecent research into galactic clusters by the Chandra Xray Observatory. (Courtesy CXC)
January 30CHIPS and SupernovaeThe objectives of the CHIPS satellite. (Courtesy NASA)
January 30CryosatThe original objectives of the Cryosat satellite, which failed to reach orbit.
January 30The Eta Carina NebulaLargest panorama ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope released reveals new details of the Carina Nebula. (Courtesy ESA)
January 30James Webb Space TelescopeLaunch has been delayed, and is now expected in 2013. (Courtesy NASA)
February 6Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 33Submissions 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 Buzz Aldrin describes new ways to access space. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
February 6Launch of STS 122Launch plans for Atlantis on a mission to deliver the Columbus module to the ISS. Included interview with astronaut Stephen Frick and with non-STS 122 astronaut Robert Satcher.
February 13Columbus Delivered To ISSThe installation of the European Columbus Module on the International Space Station, and progress in its activation. Included STS 122 launch commentary and interview of Stephen Payne, NASA Test Director.
February 13Beatles Across The UniverseBeatles song "Across The Universe" beamed into deep space by NASA's Deep Space Network.
February 13Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 34Submissions 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 Buzz Aldrin (Gemini 12, Apollo 11) responds to questions from the Commissioners on his ideas for new ways to access space. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
February 20STS 122An update on the STS 122 mission to place the Columbus module aboard the ISS. Included:- interview with NASA astronaut Robert Satcher; ESA astronaut Leopold Eyharts discussing Columbus; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel talking with astronauts aboard the ISS.
February 27Comets Seen In XraysHow the Chandra Xray Observatory has been able to detect xrays emitted by comets. (Courtesy CXC)
February 27SupernovaeAsked to question of when we will see another supernova in our own galaxy? (Courtesy CXC)
February 27Stardust and Hot CometsResults of the Stardust Mission, which retrieved cometary dust which showed material formed in hot environments. (Courtesy STScI)
February 27Barred Spiral GalaxyThe Hubble Space Telescope has shown new details of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1672. (Courtesy ESA)
February 27Comet GalaxyGround and space-based telscopes have imaged a galaxy being ripped apart by a galaxy cluster's gravitatonal field. (Courtesy ESA)
February 27Ulysses Freezing To DeathESA's Ulysses solar probe is about to die after seventeen years service.
February 27Will Radiation Prevent Mars Trips?Research into the effects of radiation doses likely to be encoutered by astronauts travelling to Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
March 5STEREO MissionAn overview of the twin solar study probes launched into heliocentric orbit to provide stereoscopic views of the Sun. (Courtesy Tiffanny Nail, KSC)
March 12ATVDescription of the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle, the Jules Verne. (Courtesy ESA)
March 19Cassini At EnceladusWhat the Cassini spacecraft found when it flew past Saturn's moon Enceledus. (Courtesy NASA)
March 19STS 123 LaunchDescription of the launch of STS 123 and of its Kibo logistics module.
March 19Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 35Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Should space activities be run by government or private eneterprise? The opinions of Michael Kearney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spacehab, a company which has flown modules inside the space shuttles. Also, on the theme of the economic feasibility of commercial space eneterprises, Marco Caceres, Senior Analyst and Director of Space Studies with the Teal Group. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
March 26Rings Around Rhea?News of possible rings around Saturn's moon Rhea discovered by the Cassini spacecraft. Also details of Cassini's flight through the plumes of Encelasus. (Courtesy Jane Platt, JPL)
March 26STS 123 Farewell CeremonyThe departing STS 123 astronauts say their goodbyes as they leave the International Space Station. How to see the Jules Verne ATV and the ISS.
March 26Arthur C Clarke DiesA farewell to the writer of many works, including "2010: Odyssey Two."
April 2Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 36Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. The economic feasibility of commercial space eneterprises: Stephen Flemming of EGL Ventures with his views on forging a space industry. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
April 9Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 37aSubmissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. The economic feasibility of commercial space eneterprises: Commissioners ask questions of Stephen Flemming of EGL Ventures with his views on forging a space industry; Michael Kearney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spacehab; and, Marco Caceres, Senior Analyst and Director of Space Studies with the Teal Group. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
April 16Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 37bSubmissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. The economic feasibility of commercial space eneterprises: Commissioners ask questions of Stephen Flemming of EGL Ventures with his views on forging a space industry; Michael Kearney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spacehab; and, Marco Caceres, Senior Analyst and Director of Space Studies with the Teal Group. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
April 16Phoenix Cruising To MarsLyn Craig, Trajectory Analyst, Brian Portlock, Navigation team leader and Marc Garcia, Deputy Mission Manager, discuss the cruise phase of Phoenix's journey to Mars. (Courtesy JPL)
April 23Rosetta OdysseyA progress rreport on the Rosetta mission to orbit and land on a comet. (Courtesy ESA)
April 30Exotic World Of Neutron StarsWhat neutron stars are and what the Chandra Xray Observatory is finding out about them. (Courtesy CXC)
April 30Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 38Submissions made to the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond. From the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Comments from the public. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
May 7New Solar Systems FoundNew stars and planetary systems have been found within 30 light years of us. (Courtrsy STScI)
May 7Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 39Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond, in the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, answer questions posed by members of the press. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
May 7Mergers and Aquisitions In The CosmosHow galaxies collide and merge. (Courtesy CXC)
May 14NASA Activities During 2008 March, April and MayA look-back at events associated with the U.S. space agency, and a look forward at the next few months planned launches. (Inserts courtesy NASA)
May 14Water On EnceledasThe discovery of water on the Saturnian moon by the Cassini spacecraft. (Courtesy STScI)
May 21Dark Matter MappedNew evidence for the existence of dark matter. (Courtesy STScI)
May 21Phoenix's Countdown To TouchdownUpdate on the Phoenix flight to Mars, and expected events as the probe enters the Martian atmosphere. (Courtesy JPL)
May 21Space MedicineResearch into coping with the effects of spaceflight, with the aim of allowwing human flights to Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
May 28Phoenix Landing On MarsExtensive coverage of the landing.
June 4Launch of STS 124An extended Space Show with detailed coverage of the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery with the Japanese Kibo module for the International Space Station. Included full launch and climbout to orbit.
June 11The GLAST SpacecraftThe objectives of the Gamma Large Area Space Telescope. (Courtesy NASA)
June 11Fermionic CondensatesNASA research into this recently discovered form of matter. (Courtesy NASA)
June 18Watching Our OceansThe objectives of the OSTM/Jason2 satellite. (Courtesy JPL)
June 18GLAST LaunchedCoverage of the launch of the Gamma Large Area Space Telescope, including launch commentary and features describing the objectives of this satellite. Also the musical item, "GLAST Prelude" for Brass Quartet, Opus 12, composed by Nolan Gasser and performed by the American Brass Quintet.
June 18Ulysses Ends MissionThe achievements of the Ulysses spacecraft and why its mission has ended. (Courtesy JPL)
June 18Landing STS 124The safe return of Discovery after delivering the Japanese Kibo module to the International Space Station.
June 25Cassini's OrbitHow Cassini's orbital trajectory around Saturn allows differing views of the planet's rings. (Courtesy Emily, Planetary Society)
June 25LRO and LCROSSDescription of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and LCROSS impactor spacecraft to be launched later this year to the Moon. Included the voices of Peter Worden, Director of the Ames Reserarch Center, Dan Andrews, LCROSS Project Manager, Anthony Colaprete, LROSS Principal Investigator, Mark Shirley, LCROSS Software Lead, and Jennifer Heldmann, LCROSS Co-investigator. (Courtesy NASA).
June 25Water On The Moon?An investigation into whether water might exist on the Moon. (Courtesy NPR)
June 25TitanWhat the Huygens probe revealed about Saturn's moon Titan. (Courtesy ESA)
June 25Phoenix On MarsFindings by the Phoenix spacecraft from the north polar area of Mars.
July 2Holes On MarsThe discovery of deep holes in the Martian surface. (Courtesy Spitzer Science Center)
July 2The X-PlanetsAs more planets are discovered, the variety of their properties amazes astronomers.
July 2Robotic ArmsThe robotic arms on the Mars Explorations Rovers and the Phoenix lander are compared. (Courtesy Emily, Planetary Society)
July 2Global Change and Ocean CurrentsWill global change cause ocean circulation patterns to change? (Courtesy NASA)
July 9Missing Spiral Arms of Our GalaxyNew sudies by the Spitzer Space Telescope have found that two of the Milky Way's spiral arms just don't exist! (courtesy Spitzer Science Center)
July 9Huygens EngineeringSome aspects in the engineering of the Huygens probe's heat shield, instruments and radio data transmitter.
July 9New Horizons At JupiterWhat the New Horizons spacecraft, enroute to Pluto, found as it passed Jupiter in 2007 February. (Courtesy NPR)
July 9The Case For Humans In SpaceThe case for European involvement in the manned space programme is put by Jörg Feustel-Büechl, the European Space Agency's Director of Manned Spaceflight, and Belgian ESA astronaut Frank de Winne. (Courtesy ESA)
July 9How It All StartedHow the Chandra Xray Observatory was launched into orbit, and what its achievements have been. (Courtesy CXC)
July 9Moon TreesThe search for trees grown from seeds taken to the Moon by Apollo 14. (Courtesy NASA)
July 16Spitzer Space TelescopeAn overview of the mission of the Spitzer Space Telescope, which observes in the infrared. (Courtesy JPL)
July 16Lyman SpitzerA profile of the astrophysicist whose name was given to the Space InfraRed Telescope Facility. (Courtesy Spitzer Science Center)
July 16HST Wide Field CameraDescription of the new camera to be added to the Hubble Space Telescope during the fifth shuttle servicing mission.
July 23Echoes Of A SupernovaHow echoes of light have alowed astrophysicists to detect a supernova that no-one actually saw. (Courtesy Spitzer Science Center)
July 23Engineer DiversEngineers who dive into a large swimming pool to plan the actions astronauts will need to take during the fifth Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission. Also an update on other preparations for that Space Shuttle Mission. (Courtesy NASA)
July 30Thirsty On MarsHow a dehydrated astronaut might find water on Mars. (Courtesy MSFC)
July 30CarotA satellite is being prepared by the European Space Agency to look for extrasolar planets by observing transits of planets across the face of stars. Carot will also look for seismic waves on the surfaces of stars. (Courtesy ESA)
July 30Dark EnergyAstronomers are tracing how dark energy has stifled the growth of massive structures in the Universe over the past seven billion years.
August 6Material For Super Space ShipsNew materials, some incorporating nanotubes, are being developed for building the space vehicles of the future. (Courtesy MSFC)
August 6Song Of The SunThe SOHO spacecraft has mapped bubbles in the Sun using very low frequency soud waves which make the surface of the Sun pulsate.
August 6Saturn's EquinoxA description of how best to observe Saturn's equinox from the Cassini spacecraft, which is in orbit around the ringed planet. (Courtesy Planetary Society)
August 13Roving Mars Episode 98Recent activities by the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
August 27Galactic TheifThe Spitzer Space Telescope has observed a galaxy stealing gas. (Courtesy Spitzer Science Institute)
August 27Jules Verne, the Automated Transfer Vehicle. Using the voices of John Ellwood (ATV Programme Manager) and Mike Steinkopf (ATV Cargo Operation Integration Engineer) a description of the mission of the Jules Verne to supply the International Space Station. (Courtesy ESA)
August 27Planetary Tales From HubbleSome recent observations of our solar system by the Hubble Space Telescope. (Courtesy STScI)
September 3Roving Mars Episode 99Recent activities by the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, including Opportunity's ascent out of Victoria crater.
September 3 Crew Aids and ToolsA description of the tools astronauts will use to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space telescope during the STS 125 mission. (Courtesy NASA)
September 10Rosetta's Steins FlybyDescription of the scientific ojectives of the Rosetta spacecraft as it flies past asteroid Steins. (Courtesy ESA)
September 10STS 125 RolloutDescription of the rollout to the launch pad of space shuttle Atlantis in preparation for the Hubble Servicing Mission.
September 10Preparing GOCE for launchDanilo Muzi (GOCE Programme manager) and Mark Drinkwater (Head, Mission Science Division, ESA) describe the Gravity field and steady state Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite. (Courtesy ESA)
September 17Last Mission To HubbleA description of plans for the final Hubble Servicing Mission. (Courtesy NASA HQ)
September 17HST Operations ControlThe role of the STOC (Space Telescope Operations Control) during the Hubble Servicing Mission. (Courtesy NASA)
September 17Birth and Evolution of the UniverseHow the Hubble Space Telescope detects light from the early universe, how Cepeid variable stars are used to determine the Hubble Constant, how Hubble has helped measure the changing expansion rate of the universe and the ways in which the Hubble deep Field images have revolutionised astronomy. Also a description of the Next generation Space Telescope. (Courtesy STScI)
September 17Supernovae and Black HolesThe Hubble Space Telescope as been used to find missing links between supernovae and black holes. (Courtesy ESA)
September 24X-Ray AstronomyA description of what x-ray astronomy is and the role of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory satellite. (Courtesy CXC)
September 24The GOCE SatelliteThe scientific objectives of the Gravity field and steady state Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite. (Courtesy ESA)
September 24GALEX Mission UpdateA report on the work of the GALEX satellite, which is observing galaxies. (Courtesy NASA)
September 24Solar EclipsesA description of eclipses of the Sun. (Courtesy NASA)
October 1NASA's 50th Anniversary - Part OneA special programme to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation in the United States of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Looked both at NASA's past and future. Included comments by two former NASA administrators and a description of the Aires rockets that are being built to return humans to the Moon.
October 1Rosetta At SteinsA description of the Rosetta mission and the plans for it to observe the asteroid Steins during a flyby.
October 1Dusty Black HolesThe origin of dust in the Universe may have been found in the wind from black holes. (Courtesy Spitzer Science Center)
October 1Chandra DesignDescription of the design of the Chandra X-ray Observatory satellite. (Courtesy CXC)
October 8NASA's 50th Anniversary - Part TwoA special programme to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation in the United States of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Looked both at NASA's past and future. Included comments by two former NASA administrators.
October 8Repairing the Advanced Camera for SurveysA story describing the race to figure out a way to repair the failed ACS instrument before the final Hubble Serving Mission. (Courtesy STScI)
October 8Vision, Hope and TriumphHeidi Hammel, Senior Research Scientist, describes her work with the Hubble Space Telescope. (Courtesy STScI)
October 8Dynamic Duo on Launch PadAnita Barrett reports on two shuttles on the launch pad at the Kenndy Space Center - STS 125 Atlantis and STS 126 Endeavour. (Courtesy KSC)
October 8GOCEPreparations for the launch of the Gravity field and steady state Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite aboard a Russian Rockot launch vehicle from Plesetsk. (Courtesy ESA)
October 152008 Solar EclipseDescription of observations made during the 2008 eclipse of the Sun.
October 15Interstellar Boundary ExplorerOverview of the mission of the IBEX satellite, which is exploring the boundaries of the solar system's magnetosphere. (Courtesy NASA)
October 15The Last Mission To HubbleEngineers, astronauts and astronomers tell what's being done to prepare for next year's fourth servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Details of recent changes to flight plan.
October 15Launch of Soyuz TMA-13Coverage of the Soyuz TMA-13 mission carrying space flight participant Richard Garriot to the international Space Station.
October 15Spitzer's Fifth AnniversaryA review of the first five years operations and findings of the Spitzer Space Telescope. (Courtesy Spitzer Science Center)
October 15Arctic Sea ice In 2008A report on the extent of sea ice during the 2008 northern summer. (Courtesy GSFC)
October 22Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 40Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond move to San Francisco. Science Fiction novelist Ray Bradbury gives his vision for humanity's future in space. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
October 22Garriot Aboard ISSSpace Flight Participant Richard Garriott uses ham radio to talk to his father, Owen Garriott, the first person to use ham radio in space. He also describes the approach of Soyuz TMA-13 to the ISS and gives us an audio tour of the Space Station.
October 22Saturn's CyclonesKevin Baines, a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboaratory, describes the findings by the Cassini spacecraft about Saturn's cyclones. (Courtesy JPL)
October 22ConstellationA description of the Constellation plan to return humans to the Moon. Featured the voices of Gene Cernan (Apollo 17 astronaut), Jeff Hanley (Constellation Progam Manager), Mark Geyer (Orion project manager), Steve Cook (Ares Program Manager) and Lauri Hansen (Altair Project Manager). (Courtesy NASA)
October 22Launch of IBEXDropped from the belly of an L-1011 near Kwajalein Island, the Interstellar Boundary EXplorer (IBEX) soars into orbit. Mission objectives described.
October 29Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 41Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond consider the role of the entertainment industry in promoting space exploration. Featured John Bernadoni (Executive Producer, Ancient Mariner Media) and Lawrence Holland (Game Designer, Totally Games). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
October 29Tropical Rainfall Measuring MissionWhat the findings of the TRMM satellite have been. (Courtesy NASA)
October 29GOCEEuropean Space Agency satellite to map the Earth's shape by using gravity field strength. (Courtesy ESA)
October 29The Legacy of 2001: A Space OdysseyA celebration of the 40th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke's film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Included a tribute to the film by Garrett Reisman, Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station and Roger Waters' song Perfect Sense.
November 5Black HolesRecent findings about the nature of black holes. (Courtesy CXC)
November 5A Very Bright StarThe Spitzer Space Telescope may have discovered a star brighter than Eta Carina. (Courtesy SSC)
November 5Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 42Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond consider the role of the entertainment industry in promoting long term public interest in space exploration. Featured John Bernadoni (Executive Producer, Ancient Mariner Media) and Lawrence Holland (Game Designer, Totally Games) responding to questions put by the Commissioners. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
November 12Roving Mars Episode 100Recent activities by the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, including a report by rover driver Ashley Stroupe.
November 12STS 126 ReadyPreparations for the launch of space shuttle Endeavour.
November 12Phoenix TributeComments on the end of the Phoenix mission to the polar area of Mars.
November 12Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 43Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond consider the theme Educating Tomorrow's Astronauts. Barbara Morgan (former teacher, now astronaut), Gerald Wheeler (Executive Director, National Science Teachers Association), James McMurtray (Executive Director, National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions) and Dominic Farrar (Teacher and Athletic Director, Royal Oak Intermediate School) chart the way forward in not only science education, but education in general. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
November 19STS 126 LaunchExtensive report on the launch of STS 126 Endeavour to the International Space Station.
November 19Planet FormationHow planets are formed in multistar systems. (Courtesy SSC)
November 19Lunar Reconnaissance OrbiterThe objectives of the LRO mission.
November 19New Horizons MissionDiscussion of whether the downgrading of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet status affected the importance of the New Horizons spacecarft's mission to study Pluto. (Courtesy NASA)
November 19Farewell PhoenixA report on the cessation of communications with the Phoenix after more than five months on the polar soils of Mars.
November 26STS 126 MissionSTS 126 crew upgrade the International Space Station.
November 26Passage To The MoonNarrated by Mallika Sarabhai and PC Ramakrishnan, this feature described the Chandrayaan 1 mission to the Moon in the context of past lunar exploration and India's space programme. The PSLV rocket was described, the Chandrayaan 1 payload detailed, and the Chandrayaan 1 mission trajectory explained. Reasons for exploring the Moon were set out, and plans for future lunar exploration revealed. (Courtesy ISRO)
December 3It Came From VestaA description of the Dawn spacecraft's mission to asteroid Vesta. (Courtesy JPL)
December 3Astronomy From SpaceHow the European Space Agency uses satellites to do astronomy. (Courtesy ESA)
December 3Roving Mars Episode 101Recent activities by the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
December 3STS 126 LandingThe final days of the flight of Endeavour.
December 3Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 44Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond again consider the theme Educating Tomorrow's Astronauts. Barbara Morgan (former teacher, now astronaut), Gerald Wheeler (Executive Director, National Science Teachers Association), James McMurtray (Executive Director, National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions) and Dominic Farrar (Teacher and Athletic Director, Royal Oak Intermediate School) are quizzed by the nine Commissioners. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 10America's Loss Of VisionThe views of Robert Zubrin (President, Mars Society) and Rick Tumlinson (President, Space Frontier Foundation) on where the USA should go in future human space exploration.
December 10LCROSSThe objectives of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, LCROSS. (Courtesy NASA)
December 10Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 45Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond again consider the theme Sustainability For The Long Haul. Reecie Giesecke (President, UAW Local 484 Aerospace Workers), Dean Zvorak (President, UAW Local 887) and David Goodreau (Chairman, California Small Manufacturers Association) offered different views on how to build a sustainable space industry. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 17STS 126 RecapA summary of the achievements of the Endeavour's mission to the International Space Station. (Courtesy KSC)
December 17The Great Observatories Origins Deep SurveyHow an IMAX movie has been made, using imagery from NASA's great space observatories, which flies audiences past more than eleven thousand galaxies in a three dimensional early distant universe.
December 17CALIPSOThe results of the CALIPSO cloud studying satellite mission. (Courtesy NASA)
December 17Protostellar JetsHow jets emerge from newly forming stars. (Courtesy SSC)
December 17Phoenix Mission SummaryA summary of the findings of the Phoenix mission to the northern polar region of Mars. (Courtesy NASA)
December 17Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 46Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond again consider the theme Sustainability For The Long Haul. Reecie Giesecke (President, UAW Local 484 Aerospace Workers), Dean Zvorak (President, UAW Local 887) and David Goodreau (Chairman, California Small Manufacturers Association) engage in a wide ranging discussion with the nine Commissioners on the topics of education, minimum job qualifications, mentoring and role modellng. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 24Trilogy Of TerrorThe dust clouds in space as revealed by the Spitzer Space Telescope. (Courtesy SSC)
December 24Apollo 8 40th AnniversaryMarking the 40th Anniversary of the first human mission to the Moon
December 24Giant Black Hole Swallows StarAstronomy satellites have been used to find that a giant black hole has torn apart a star and is now swollowing it.
December 31Space DiamondsA comedic look at how the Spitzer Space Telescope has found the spectral signatures of diamond in interstellar gas and dust clouds. (Courtesy SSC)
December 31Hubble's Science LegacyAstromomers describe what they have learnt using the Hubble Space Telescope. (Courtesy STScI)
December 31Blasting Water With Stellar JetsNew findings from the Spitzer Space Telescope show jets of ionised gas are emerging from new formed stars and striking water laden gas clouds. The celestial collision is fascinating astrophyscists. (Courtesy SSC)