SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2009

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
January 7Supernova RemnantsGreat shells of plasma, gas and dust are blasted into space by exploding stars. The Chandra Xray Observatory satellite has been studying these. (Courtesy CXO)
January 7Roving Mars Episode 102A look back at five years of activities of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
January 7Lunar Landing ResearchWhat is being done to enable future landings on the Moon. (Courtesy JPL)
January 7Twin Asteroid BeltsA star with two asteroid belts. (Coutesy SSC)
January 14Comet LulinDescription of the comet c/2007 N3 and its closest approach expected in 2009 February.
January 14Huygens To TitanA retrospective of the Huygens spacecraft that landed on Saturn's moon Titan.
January 14Integral's ResultsThe mission objectives and results of the European Space Agency's Integral gamma ray satellite. (Courtesy ESA)
Janaury 14Dim DwarfsScientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and an Australian ground based telscope have been observing very dim dwarf stars. (Courtesy SSC)
January 21Mars is AliveThe discovery of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. (Courtesy MSFC)
January 28Great Observatories SatellitesHow the Chandra Xray Observatory satellite has contributed to NASA's great observatories programme. (Courtesy CXC)
January 28Making Cosmic Gamma Rays VisibleThe Integral satellite and what it can "see" in gamma rays. (Courtesy ESA)
February 4Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 47Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond consider the theme Propulsion Requirements. Byron Wood (Boeing Rocketdyne) and Michael Martin, President, Aerojet) share their expertise on what type of rocket power will be needed to explore the Solar System. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
February 11Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 48Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond again consider the theme Propulsion Requirements. The difference between different types of nuclear propulsion technologies explained before Jim Mosquera (Executive, Naval Reactors) advocated the use of nuclear thermal rockets to explore the Solar System. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
February 11Roving Mars Episode 103 (Five years On Mars)John Callas (MER Project Manager, JPL), Scott Maxwell (Rover Driver, JPL), Steve Squyres (MER Principal Investigator, Cornell University) and Ashley Stroupe (Rover Driver, JPL) celebrate five years of successful surface operations of the two Mars Exploration Rovers. (Courtesy JPL)
February 18Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 49Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond teaze out the opinions of three expert witnesses the theme Propulsion Requirements. Byron Wood (Boeing Rocketdyne) and Michael Martin, President, Aerojet) and Jim Mosquera (Executive, Naval Reactors) discuss whether future rocket development should be done by NASA. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
February 18STS 119 Rollout and Countdown TestPreparations for the launch of the space shuttle Discovery's STS 119 mission.
February 25The Orbiting Carbon ObservatoryThe aims of the OCO, the Taurus launch vehicle, and the failure to reach orbit.
February 25Comet LulinComet c/2007 N3 Lulin described, and how to observe it.
February 25NOAA-N PrimeAn overview of the objectives of, and coverage of the launch of, NOAA's latest meteorological satellite.
March 4Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 50Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond consider the theme Prospects for Space Prosperity. Stan Rosen (Chairman, California Space Authority) gave his thoughts on the topic. James Benson (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SpaceDev) gave a narrative account of his company's experience in setting up an entrepeneural space company. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
March 4The Kepler MissionAn overview of the Kepler satellite and its mission to find extrasolar Earth-like planets. (Coutesy NASA)
March 11STS 119Novelty items being flown aboard Discovery's STS 119 mission.
March 11The Kepler MissionThe launch of the Kepler satellite, its mission objectives, and the science underpining the search for extrasolar planets.
March 18Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 51Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond explore the Prospects for Space Prosperity by probing the views of Stan Rosen (Chairman, California Space Authority) and James Benson (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SpaceDev). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
March 18Kepler Mission UpdateKepler Program Scientist Padi Boyd provides and update on the progress of the recently launched satellite mission to search for extrasolar planets.
March 18STS 119 LaunchCoverage of the launch of the STS 119 mission to the International Space Station. Details of the mission objectives given by Robbie Ashley (STS 119 Payload Manager) and John Philips (NASA astronaut).
March 25STS 119 Mission Activities To Flight Day 9A day-by-day account of the progress of the STS 119 mission.
April 1STS 119 Mission Activities From Flight Day 10A day-by-day account of the progress and landing of Discovery's STS 119 mission.
April 1The Milky WayThe Spitzer Science Center has produced a new mosaic of the Milky Way Galaxy using imagery retuned by the Spitzer Space Telescope. (Courtesy SSC)
April 8STS 119 and STS 125A summary of the STS 119 mission and the preparations for STS 125.
April 8SwiftAn update on the Swift satellite's search for gamma ray bursts. (Courtesy NASA)
April 8Landsat 5Comments from many of those involved in the Landsat programme to mark the 25th anniversary of Landsat 5 remote sensing satellite.
April 22Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 52The topic under consideration before the Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond is Planetary Science. What is the scientific rationale for going to the Moon and Mars, and is solar system exploration best done by humans or robots? David Morrison (Senior Scientist, NASA Astrobiology Institute) and Michael Carr (Astrogeologist, United States Geological Survey) give their views. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
April 22Roving Mars Episode 104Spirit suffers computer reboots as it continues to explore the "Home Plate" geological feature.
April 22Grace MissionAn update on the progress of the Grace satellite mission. (Courtesy NASA)
April 29Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 53Again, the topic under consideration before the Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond is Planetary Science. Jonathan Lunine (Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, University of Arizona) described space missions and suggested goals the Commission might set for planetary science. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
April 29Exploring the Large Magellanic CloudNew findings by the Chandra Xray Observatory about the LMC. (Courtesy CXC)
May 6MercuryNew findings about the planet Mercury from the Messenger spacecraft. (Courtesy MSFC)
May 6Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 54Yet again, the topic under consideration before the Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond is Planetary Science. Jonathan Lunine (Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, University of Arizona), David Morrison (Senior Scientist, NASA Astrobiology Institute) and Michael Carr (Astrogeologist, United States Geological Survey) respond to questions put to them by the nine commissioners. One topic raised was public perceptions of NASA's success. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
May 6Hubble UpdateRecent events aboard and findings by the Hubble Space Telescope. (Courtsey NASA)
May 13STS 125 Mission ReportA comprehensive report on the progress of the Hubble servicing mission. Included descriptions of the work to be done on the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, the Cosmic Origina Spectrograph and the Wide Field Camera 3. Countdown, liftoff and climb to orbit of Atlantis.
May 20Herschel and PlanckThe launch of two European Space Agency astronomy satellites aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou.
May 20STS 125 Mission ReportA comprehensive report on the week's progress of the Hubble servicing mission.
May 20Roving Mars Episode 105Spirit's wheels slipping, embedding it in soft soil.
May 27STS 125 Mission ReportThe final days of the Hubble servicing mission, and the landing of Atlantis at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Included description of the operations of the hubble Space Telescope.
June 3Soyuz TMA-15The launch of the Soyuz TMA-15 from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Included crew biographies.
June 3Eyes On The Sky - Episode 1aHistory of the telescope, to mark the International Year for Astronomy. (Courtesy ESO)
June 10ISS Expedition 20A look forward to the planned activities of the 20th expedition to the Internationsl Space Station.
June 10Eyes On The Sky - Episode 1bHistory of the telescope, to mark the International Year for Astronomy. (Courtesy ESO)
June 17Roving Mars Episode 106Continuing efforts to extract Spirit from sandy soil, with a report from rover driver Ashley Stroupe.
June 17Eyes On The Sky - Episode 2History of the telescope, to mark the International Year for Astronomy. (Courtesy ESO)
June 24Lunar Reconnaissance OrbiterReport on the launch of LRO and LCROSS and insertion of LRO into lunar orbit. Included NASA launch commentary and interview with Launch Director Chuck Duval and a history of the development of LCROSS.
June 24Eyes On The Sky - Episode 3History of the telescope, to mark the International Year for Astronomy. (Courtesy ESO)
July 1Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft Assembly Facility TourCurtis Williams, Quality Assurance Engineer from JPL, takes us on a tour of the building where the Mars Science Laboratory rover is being built. (Courtesy JPL)
July 1Roving Mars Episode 107Continuing efforts to extract Spirit from sandy soil, with an update from rover project magager John Callas.
July 1Eyes On The Sky - Episode 4History of the telescope, to mark the International Year for Astronomy. (Courtesy ESO)
July 8To The Moon - Part OneA full hour documentary feature on the preparation for flights to the Moon, on the Apollo 11 mission and the impact it had on those involved and on the wider society.
July 8Roving Mars Episode 108Continuing efforts to extract Spirit from sandy soil at Home Plate.
July 15Attempts to Launch STS 127An account of the events leading up to the scrub of the launch of STS 127 due to storm activity in Florida.
July 15To The Moon - Part TwoA twenty minute conclusion to last week's documentary feature on the preparation for flights to the Moon, on the Apollo 11 mission and the impact it had on those involved and on the wider society.
July 15Roving Mars Episode 109Continuing efforts to extract Spirit from a sand trap at Home Plate, with another update from rover project magager John Callas.
July 15Eyes On The Sky - Episode 5History of the telescope, to mark the International Year for Astronomy. (Courtesy ESO)
July 29Roving Mars Episode 110Continuing efforts to free Spirit from a sand trap at Home Plate, with another update from rover project magager John Callas and rover driver Ashley Stroupe.
July 29Eyes On The Sky - Episode 6History of the telescope, to mark the International Year for Astronomy. (Courtesy ESO)
August 5STS 127 Landing and STS 128 Launch PreparationsFeature on the space shuttle events of the past two weeks.
August 5Roving Mars Episode 111A large regional storm brewing on Mars may treaten efforts to free Spirit from a sand trap in Gusev Crater.
August 5Eyes On The Sky - Episode 7History of the telescope, to mark the International Year for Astronomy. (Courtesy ESO)
August 26Roving Mars Episode 112Regional dust storm passing over Spirit.
September 2Launch of STS 128The countdown, liftoff, climb to orbit and initial on-orbit operations of the space shuttle Discovery as it headed towards the International Space Station.
September 2Water On The MoonLCROSS Deputy Project Manager John Marlin introduces a song about finding water on the Moon.
September 9The STS 128 MissionIn orbit operations of the Space Shuttle Discovery, including comments by astronauts Olivas, Hernandez and Fugelsang.
September 9MESSENGER To Pass MercuryA look at the objectives of the third flyby of the planet Mercury by the MESSENGER spacecraft.
September 9LCROSS and LROHow the LCROSS mission to impact the Moon and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter fit into the plan to return humans to the Moon.
September 16Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 55At the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond we return to the topic Prospects for Space Prosperity. Stan Rosen (Chairman, California Space Authority) and James Benson (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SpaceDev) respond to questions from the Commissioners about setting up an entrepeneural space company. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
September 16Lunar Reconnaissance OrbiterA children's view of the mission to map the lunar surface. (Courtesy NASA)
September 16History of the LCROSS MissionAn introduction to and history of the plan to impact the LCROSS spacecraft into a crater at the lunar south pole. (Courtesy LCROSS Team)
September 23Determining the Mass of a Black HoleHow just two numbers are needed to "weigh" a black hole. (Courtesy CXO)
September 30Soyuz TMA 16 LaunchCoverage of the launch of Soyuz TMA 16 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazhakstan.
October 07New Images of Human Artifacts On MoonHow the LROC intrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance orbiter has taken pictures of Surveyor 1 and of Apollo 11 on the lunar surface.
October 07MESSENGER At MercuryDescription of the third flyby of Mercury by the MESSENGER spacecraft.
October 07Roving Mars Episode 113Opportunity has discovered another meteorite, dubbed "Shelter Island", on the martian surface, about 700 metres from the "Block Island" meteorite. Steve Squyres wins Carl Sagan medal for public outreach.
October 07Solar System BoundaryHow the IBEX spacecraft is mapping the boundary of the solar wind, where it meets the interstellar medium. (Courtesy GSFC)
October 07Formulhaut PlanetDiscovery of a planet orbiting the star Formuhaut. (Courtesy STScI)
October 14LCOSS Lunar ImpactThe events at mission control at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, as the LCROSS spacecraft and Centaur rocket stage plunged into the Moon's south polar region.
October 14Aries 1-XDescription of the Aries 1-X rocket and the objective of the test flight.
October 28Aries 1-X Launch Attempt A detailed recounting of the trials and tribulations that bedeviled an attempt to launch the Aries 1-X test rocket at the Kennedy Space Center.
November 04SMOS and Proba 2The launch of two ESA spacecraft from Russia. The purpose of each craft described in detail.
November 04Launch of Aries 1-XThe successful launch of the Aries 1-X rocket from the kennedy Spacc Center.
November 04U2 Musician Talks To ISS CrewWith the musical group U2 about to play a concert in Houston, one of them chats to the crew aboard the International Space Station.
November 11Rosetta Approaches EarthThe ESA spacecraft about to make it's third and final flyby of the Earth. Will pass high over Australia, then head out to astroid 21 Lutecia and Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko.
November 11Fermi Completes First YearThe GLAST satellite has done many things in its first year in orbit, including timing the speed of gamma ray photons as a test of Einstein's theory of relativity. (Courtesy JPL)
November 11STS 129Preparations for the launch of another mission by the Atlantis space shuttle to the International Spac Station. (Courtsy KSC)
November 11Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 56Yet again, the topic under consideration before the Commissioners of the United States President's Commission for Moon, Mars and Beyond is Planetary Science. Jonathan Lunine (Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, University of Arizona), David Morrison (Senior Scientist, NASA Astrobiology Institute) and Michael Carr (Astrogeologist, United States Geological Survey) respond to questions put to them by the nine commissioners. The search for alien life was discussed, as was the search for dangerous asteroids. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
November 18Water On The MoonThe findings of the LCROSS lunar impactor spacecraft.
November 18Roving Mars Episode 114Efforts to extricate Spirit from its sand trap.
November 18STS 129 LaunchTha countdown, launch, ascent to orbit and initial on-orbit operations of the Space Shuttle Atlantis as it headed for a resupply mission to the international Space Station.
November 25STS 129 MissionEvents aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station.
November 25WISEAmy Mainzer, Deputy Project Manager for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite explains the scientific objectives of this satellite ahead of its expected december launch. (Parts courtesy JPL)
December 2Taking The Earth's TemperatureHow satellites are monitoring our planet's temperature. (Courtesy GSFC)
December 2New Display At NASMThe instruments recovered by the STS 125 astronauts from the Hubble Space Telescope have gone on display in Washington's National Air And Space Museum. (Courtesy NASA)
December 2Roving Mars Episode 115Further evidence adds support to the claim that the ALH84001 martian meteorite recovered from Antactica has fossil life forms.
December 9Stott's Journey Home aboard STS 129About the final days and landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantic at the conclusion of the STS 129 mission. Included a feature by KSC PAO Geogre Diller about former Kennedy Space Center worker Michelle Stott.
December 9Hayabusa's Troubled Journey HomeThe asteroid lander has experienced ion engine problems as it heads back toward the Earth with samples.
December 9Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 57William Whittaker, Professor of Robotics at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University argues the case for robotic exploration of the Solar System. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 16WISE LaunchThe launch of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite. Included satellite description and scientific objectives.
December 16The one Ring of SaturnDiscovery of a ring in Phoebe's orbit around Saturn. (Courtesy SSC)
December 16New Planets FoundAn instrument on one of the telescopes of the European Southern Observatory has discovered more exoplanets. (Courtesy ESO)
December 16Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 58Rusty Schweickart, former Apollo 9 astronaut and now Chairman of the B612 Foundation, on the opportunities for private enterprise in space. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 23Michael Barratt's Space MissionA description of NASA astronaut Michael Barratt's launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, his stay aboard the International Space Station and his return to Earth. (Courtesy RN)
December 23Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 59MRC Greenwood, Provost of the University of California, describes how partnerships can foster the objectives of the Moon, Mars and Beyond initiative. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
December 23SuzakaHow this Japanese satellite is acting as an interstellar prospector by indentifying the spectra of the interstellar dust clouds. (Courtesy JPL)
December 23Galaxies Gone WildFindings about galaxies by the Hubble Space Telescope. (Courtesy STScI)
December 30Water On The MoonThe preliminary science results from the LCROSS spacecraft indicate there is water at the Moon's South Pole.
December 30New Frontiers Mission CandidatesA description of the finalists in the competition for a new start in NASA's New Frontiers Programme.
December 30Terra's First DecadeA description of the Terra earth observing spacecraft, and the results of ten years of operation. (Courtesy GSFC)
December 30Missions To The Gas GiantsThe objectives of the planned Titan Saturn System and the Europa Jupiter System Missions.