SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2010

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
January 6Kepler's First FindingsDiscovery of five exoplanets by the Kepler space telescope.
January 6Roving Mars Episode 116The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has clocked up six years on the red planet, but it is doubtful that it will escape the sand trap it is stuck in.
January 13Roving Mars Episode 117The Mars Odyssey spacecraft, in orbit aound Mars. to listen out for possible signals from the Phoenix lander as spring approaches the Martian north pole.
January 13Ariane's 30th BirthdayA look back at the 30 years of launches of the Ariane family of rockets. (Courtesy ESA)
January 13STS 130 Episode 1Space Shuttle Endeavour has been rolled out to the launch pad for its STS 130 mission to the International Space Station.
January 20STS 130 Episode 2Space Shuttle Endeavour is being made ready for its STS 130 mission to the International Space Station.
January 20Swift Mission UpdateThe early scientific findings of the Swift satellite as it examines gamma ray bursts. (Courtesy NASA)
January 20Cassini and IapetusA look back at events in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the Cassini spacecraft flew past Saturn's moon Iapetus. (Courtesy JPL)
January 27Roving Mars Episode 118Spirit has been declared a stationary science platform after attempts to extricate it from the sand trap at a low plateau called Home Plate. Meanwhile Opportunity's odometer reading is approaching 20 km as it drives across Meridani towards Endeavour crater.
February 3Solar Dynamics ObservatoryAn overview of the satellite and its mission.
February 3STS 130 Episode 3Preparations to launch the Space Shuttle Endeavour continue.
February 10STS 130 Episode 4The launch and initial orbital operations of Space Shuttle Endeavour.
February 17Solar Dynamics ObservatoryThe launch of SDO, and the solar studies objectives of this scientific satellite. Included a description by SDO Project Scientist Dean Pesnell of the Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment. Also how enginneers at the Goddard Spaceflight Center built the satellite.
February 17STS 130 Episode 5Events aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station. Included a telephone call by President Obama from the White House.
February 242010 So FarA roundup of space activities in the United States since New Year.
February 24STS 130 Episode 6Events aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station. Included the formal dedication of the cupola to deceased astronaut Charles Veach.
March 3Robert McCallSpace artist Robert McCall dead at age 90.
March 3GOES PPreparations to launch GOES P meteorological satellite, and a description of its mission.
March 3STS 130 Episode 7A recap on the STS 130 mission of spacce shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station to install the Tranquility module and the Cupola. (Courtesy KSC and ESA)
March 3ESA in 2009 and 2010A retrospective on the activities of the European Space Agency in 2009 and a preview of its activities in 2010. (Courtesy ESA)
March 3Roving Mars Episode 119Spirit now in power saving mode, Opportunity investigating ejecta from a young crater. A look back at the past six years of roving Mars. Also a preview of tomorrow's close flyby of Phobos by Mars Express.
March 10Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 60Members of the public in San Francisco comment on the Moon, Mars and Beyond initiative. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
March 10Roving Mars Episode 120A description of how engineers have converted accelerometer data from the two Mars Exploration Rovers into sound files. Also, another look back at the past six years on Mars. (Part courtesy JPL)
March 10STS 131 Episode 1Preparations to launch STS 131 on a mission to the International Space Station.
March 10GOES PFinal preparations to launch GOES P meteorological satellite, and a description of its successful launch.
March 17Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 61More members of the public in San Francisco comment on the Moon, Mars and Beyond initiative. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
March 17STS 131 Episode 2Preparations continue to launch STS 131 on a mission to the International Space Station. Details of helium system test preparations.
March 24Soyuz TMA-16 LandingExpedition 22 returns from the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft.
March 24Earth Explorer SatellitesA description of how European satellitesd are helping monitor our home planet's environment to help inform decision making as we face the challenges of global change. Cryosat 2 due for launch. (Courtesy ESA)
March 24Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 62International cooperation is discussed by Daniel Sacotte, Director of the European Space Agency. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
May 5STS 132 Episode 1Preparations to launch STS 132 on a mission to the International Space Station, as seen by Andrew Rennie.
May 12STS 132 Episode 2STS 132 launch description.
May 12STS 131 Episode 3Andrew Rennie's commentary from the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility of the landing of the space shuttle Discovery at the conclusion of STS 131.
Listen or download audio inserts, not full feature as broadcast (20 min 04 s - 18.8 MB)
May 19STS 132 Episode 3STS 132 mission update.
May 19STS 131 Episode 4Andrew Rennie's commentary fom the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility of the post landing activities supporting the space shuttle Discovery at the conclusion of STS 131.
May 26Akatsuki and IkarosThe mission objectives, launch and intitial flight operations of Japan's Venus Climate Orbiter Akatsuki and the Small Solar Power Sail Demonstrator Ikaros on missions to Venus.
May 26Roving Mars Episode 121The final loss of hope that contact might be re-established with the Phoenix lander after the northern polar winter on Mars, whilst the Mars Exploration Rovers Opportunity and Spirit pass longevity records for craft on the surface of Mars.
May 26Voyager At Edge of Solar SystemA discovery by the Voyager spacecraft. (Courtesy MSFC)
June 2STS 132 Episode 4Audio description by Andrew Rennie of the rollover of space shuttle Atlantis from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building as part of preparations for the STS 132 mission.
Listen or download - affected by wind noise (3 min 09 s - 3.0 MB)
June 9Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 63International cooperation is discussed by Kyoshi Hiushi, Executive Director of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency and Philippe Berterottière, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Arianespace. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
June 9Active GalaxiesHow the Chandra Xray Observatory satellite is complementing studies by radio telescopes of radio emitting galaxies with observations in the xray range. (Courtesy CXO)
June 16Hayabusa's ReturnThe reentry of the Hayabusa spacecraft, its landing in the Woomera Prohibited Area of South Australia and the recovery of the capsule, which hopefully contains samples from the asteroid Itokawa. (See also interviews)
June 16Soyuz TMA-19 LaunchThe launch of Soyuz TMA-19 on e crew rotation flight to the International Space Station. The biography of Soyuz Flight Engineer Shannon Walker.
June 23A Singing StarExtraction of harmonic vibrations in the coronal loops of the Sun by Proffessor Robertus von Fáy-Siebenbürgen of Sheffield University.
June 23Roving Mars Episode 122Six and a half years after landing on Mars, Opportunity has passed the 21 km mark in its rambles across Meridani Planum while Spirit remains dormant as the winter solstice passes.
June 23Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 64Lunar science is advocated by Tony Tether, Director of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; John Delano, Distingushed Teaching Professor at State University, New York; and by Ariels Anbar, Biogeochemist at University of Rochester. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
June 30Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 65Lunar science is again the topic. The nine Commissioners quizz: Tony Tether, Director of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; John Delano, Distingushed Teaching Professor at State University, New York; and Ariels Anbar, Biogeochemist at University of Rochester. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
July 7U.S. National Space PolicyA synopsis of the "National Space Policy of the United States" document released 2010 June 28.
July 7Deep Impact - Fifth Anniversary Part 1A retrospective on the aims and achievements of the Deep Impact Mission which sent an impactor into Comet Temple 1 whilst a flyby spacecraft took observations. Included extracts from Jet Propulsion Labratory's live commentary. Interviews by JPL's Kay Yee included: Rick Vermeer, Project Manager, JPL; Don Yeomans, Head, Science Team, JPL; Chris Jones, Director of Planetary Projects, JPL; and Al Dyson, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA HQ.
July 14Rosetta At LeutitiaA comprehensive report on the flyby of Asteroid Lutetia by the Rosetta Spacecraft.
Listen or download (51 min 44 s - 48.5 MB)
July 14Deep Impact - Fifth Anniversary Part 2A retrospective on the aims and achievements of the Deep Impact Mission which sent an impactor into Comet Temple 1 whilst a flyby spacecraft took observations. Included extracts from Jet Propulsion Labratory's live commentary. Interviews by JPL's Kay Yee included: Charles Elachi, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Don Yeomans, Head, Science Team, JPL.
Listen or download (51 min 44 s - 48.5 MB)
July 21Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 66The role of space advocacy groups. Speakers were George Whitesides, Executive Director, U.S. National Space Society; Nicholas Eftimiades, Federation of Galaxy Explorers; Rick Hauck, former astronaut, Association of Space Explorers; and Louis Friedman, Executive Director, Planetary Society. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (34 min 43 s - 32.5 MB)
July 21Fermi MissionAn update on the progress of the Fermi satellite. (Courtesy NASA)
July 28Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 67The nine Commissioners question the leaders of four space advocacy groups on how they could support the Moon, mars and beyond initiative. Speakers were George Whitesides, Executive Director, U.S. National Space Society; Nicholas Eftimiades, Federation of Galaxy Explorers; Rick Hauck, former astronaut, Association of Space Explorers; and Louis Friedman, Executive Director, Planetary Society. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
July 28Roving Mars Episode 123The status of Spirit and Opportunity. Progress in the assembly of the Curiosity rover. Also a discription of Phobos.
July 29ISS UpdateRecent events aboard the International Space Station.
August 4Gamma Ray AstronomyA short history of gamma ray astronomy. (Courtesy ESA)
August 4Roving Mars Episode 124Spirit is hibernating in Mars' Gusev Crater.
August 4Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 68Astrophysics and the search for Earth-like planets. Witnesses were Catherine Pilachowski, President, Ameican Astronomical Society; William Smith, President, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy; and David Spergel, Professor Astrophysics, Princeton University. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (29 min 45 s - 27.1 MB)
August 11The IMAX Space MoviesTo mark the opening in Melbourne of the new IMAX movie Hubble 3D, a description of the previous IMAX movies that were filmed in space, and how these movies were made.
Listen or download (45 min 21 s - 41.4 MB)
August 11ISS UpdateRecent spacewalks to repair the International Space Station.
August 11Giant IcebergThe discovery by the Envisat satellite's radar that a large iceberg has broken adrift from Greenland's Petermann Glacier.
August 11IBEX's Home DiscoveryThe IBEX satellite, designed to investigate the outer boundaries of the solar system, makes a discovery about the Earth's magnetosphere.
August 18Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 69Astrophysics and the search for Earth-like planets was the topic. Witnesses Catherine Pilachowski, President, Ameican Astronomical Society; William Smith, President, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy; and David Spergel, Professor Astrophysics, Princeton University were quizzed by the nine commisioners. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (21 min 41 s - 19.8 MB)
August 25Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 70The conditions needed for space prosperity and resource development are set out by John Higginbotham, Chairman, SpaceVest. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (19 min 28 s - 17.7 MB)
August 25Roving Mars Episode 125The arm has been attached to the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity.
September 1Shrinking MoonAnalysis of images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft imdicates that the Moon has shrunk.
September 1Kepler Finds Two Planet SystemNews that the Kepler satellite has found two planets orbiting the star Kepler 9.
September 1Roving Mars Episode 126Opportunity pauses at 22.6 km to examine a rock outcrop. Curiosity's Sample Analysis Mars instrument. The instruments to fly to mars aboard the Exomars Trace Gas Orbiter. Also Viking's 35th anniversary of launch towards Mars.
September 1Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 71The conditions needed for space prosperity and resource development are set out by Joel Greenberg of Princeton Synergetics. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (13 min 22 s - 12.2 MB)
September 1Avatar and NASAJames Cameron's advertisements for NASA.
September 8Solar Probe PlusA description of the selected proposals for the Solar Probe Plus mission which is planned for launch in 2018 and will pass approximately six million kilometres from the Sun.
September 8Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 72The conditions needed for space prosperity and resource development are set out by Myles Walton of Morgon Stanley. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (10 min 21 s - 9.4 MB)
September 22Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 73The nine Commissioners explore the conditions needed for space prosperity and resource development with Myles Walton of Morgon Stanley, Joel Greenberg of Princeton Synergetics, and John Higginbotham of SpaceVest. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (17 min 36 s - 16.0 MB)
September 29Landing of Soyuz TMA-18Description of the undocking of the Expedition 24 crew from the International Space Station and their landing in Kazakhstan.
September 29Roving Mars Episode 127Results from the Phoenix lander about water and volcanism on Mars. The puzzle about the source of methane observed in the martian atmosphere. An update on progress in building the Curiosity rover than will be launched towards mars in 2011.
Listen or download (19 min 08 s - 18.0 MB)
September 29Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 74The topic today is "International Partnerships." Describing their experiences in cooperation with the United States are Marc Garneau (former astronaut and now Director of the Canadian Space Agency) and Volker Liebig (Programme Director of DLR, the German Space Agency). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
October 6STS 133 Episode 1 - PreparationsDescription of the roll out to Launch Pad 39A of the space shuttle for the STS 133 mission. Also Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations on the 2010 launch manifest and timing of an additional shuttle mission shuld one be approved.
October 6Findings of the THEMIS SatellitesThe findings of the five THEMIS magnetospheric satellites, and the placement of two of them, now renamed ARTEMIS P1 and P2, at the L1 and L2 Lagrangian points in the Earth=Moon system.
October 6Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 75Again the topic is "International Partnerships." Marc Garneau (former astronaut and now Director of the Canadian Space Agency) and Volker Liebig (Programme Director of DLR, the German Space Agency) respond the questions from the nine Commissioners. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (21 min 48 s - 19.9 MB)
October 13Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 76How the media can help communicate the big picture on space exploration and utilisation is the topic at this New York hearing of the Moon, Mars and Beyond Commission. Witnesses are Rich Gelford (Chairman, IMAX, Canada), David Levy (Astronomer) and Craig Covalt (reporter, Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine). (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (38 min 22 s - 35.0 MB)
October 20Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 77How the media can help communicate the big picture on space exploration and utilisation is being discussed at this New York hearing of the Moon, Mars and Beyond Commission. Witnesses Rich Gelford (Chairman, IMAX, Canada), David Levy (Astronomer) and Craig Covalt (Reporter, Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine) are quizzed by the nine Commisioners. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (24 min 19 s - 22.2 MB)
October 20Proba 2How the European Space Agency's Proba 2 satellite is studying the Sun. (Courtesy ESA)
October 27Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 78NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe describes his agency's work and and gives his comments on President Bush's Moon, Mars and beyond directive. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (40 min 45 s - 37.2 MB)
October 27Roving Mars Episode 128Shaun Haggert, Mobility Engineer, describes how the wheels were put on the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. Also an update on the progress of Opportunity.
October 27Deep Impact's EPOXI MissionDescription of the Deep Impact spacecraft's approach to Comet Hartley 2.
November 3Cyanide in Hartley 2The discovery of cyanide in gases subliming from Comet hartley 2 has been detected by the approaching Deep Impact spacecraft. Also a description of the EPOXI mission. Included comments by Mike A'Hearn, Principal Investigator, and Don Yeomans, Science Team Member. (Audio inserts courtesy MSFC and GSFC)
November 3STS 133 Episode 2 - PreparationsThe final mission of space shuttle Discovery is being prepared for launch. Aboard is a humanoid robot, Robonaut R2.
November 3Ariane 5 V197The night launch of the Ariane rocket.
November 3Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 79The opinions of members of the public are offered to the Commissioners. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (17 min 40 s - 16.1 MB)
November 10Deep Impact at Hartley 2Entire programme devoted to describing the flyby of Comet Hartley 2 by the Deep Impact spacecraft as part of the EPOXI mission. Interview segments listed on interviews page. Included commentary from mission control.
November 17Results of Deep Impact at Hartley 2Description of the preliminary results of the flyby of the Deep Impact spacecraft's flyby of Comet Hartley 2. Included insert comments by Tim Larson, Project Manager, Steve Chesley, Navigation Team member, and Mike A'hearn, Principal Investigator. Interview segments listed on interviews page.
November 17Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 80Press conference held in New York by the nine Commissioners of the Moon, Mars and Beyond Commission on the final day of its hearings. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (31 min 0 s - 28.3 MB)
November 24FASTSATDescription of the Fast Affordable Science and Technology SATellite which was launched on Saturday from Kodiak, Alaska.
November 24Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 81Three of the nine Commissioners of the Moon, Mars and Beyond Commission each take a theme and sum up the evidence that has been presented during its hearings around the United States. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (29 min 48 s - 27.2 MB)
December 01Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 82Another three of the nine Commissioners of the Moon, Mars and Beyond Commission each take a theme and sum up the evidence that has been presented during its hearings around the United States. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (29 min 10 s - 26.6 MB)
December 01EXPOXI Results from Comet Hartley 2The preliminary findings of the Deep Impact spacecraft's flyby of Comet Hartley 2.
December 01STS 133 Episode 3 - DelayDescription of the problems that have delayed the launch of STS 133, and of the work being done to oversome them.
December 01Expedition 25 LandingThe landing of Soyuz TMA-19 after a 163 day mission to the International Space Station.
December 01Dragon Licensed to Launch and RecoverPreparations to launch and revover the Dragon spacecraft after being issued a license by the FAA.
December 08New Life FormThe discovery of an arsenic tolerant bacterium, GFAJ-1.
December 08The X-37B Spaceplane Mission - Part 1Commentary by Andrew Rennie of the 2010 April launch of the X-37B space plane by an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Gary Payton, Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Space Programs, describes the X-37B spaceplane and its mission.

Report of the successful landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
* Listen or download (22 min 43 s - 20.7 MB)
* Listen or download sunset description (0 min 35 s - 0.6 MB)
* Listen or download launch commentary (8 min 12 s - 7.7 MB)

December 08Hylas 1Description of the launch and mission of the Hylas 1 spacecraft. (Courtesy ESA)
December 08STS 133 Episode 4 - PostponedWhy the launch of STS 133 has been postponed to 2011 February.
December 08Hayabusa ResultsThe finding of asteroidal surface samples in the return capsule of the Hayabusa spacecraft.
December 08Akatsuki Misses Appointment With VenusThe failure today of the Venus Climate Orbiter, Akatsuki, the enter orbit around Venus. Description of the mission objectives and an assessment of the chances of another attempt in six years time.
December 15Dragon Launch and RecoveryThe successful launch by SpaceX of the Dragon capsule by a Falcoln 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and its recoery two orbits later in the Pacific Ocean.
December 15Akatsuki InvestigationThe investigation into the reasons why the Venus Climate Orbiter, Akatsuki, failed to enter orbit around Venus.
December 15Expedition 26 UpdateThe preparations for tonight's launch of the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft from Baikonour Cosmodrome, carrying three astronauts to the Internation Space Station.
December 15Moon, Mars and Beyond - Programme 83The last three of the nine Commissioners of the Moon, Mars and Beyond Commission each take a theme and sum up the evidence that has been presented during its hearings around the United States.

This was the last programme in this series which began on 2004 September 22. All programmes were researched, written, edited, produced and presented by Andrew Rennie. The audio and transcripts of the entire Commission hearings were made available by the Commission and digitally transfered to Australia by the Space Show's very own Alan Walker. (Audio inserts courtesy Moon-Mars Commission).
Listen or download (27 min 3 s - 24.7 MB)

December 22X-37B Spaceplane Mission - Part 2Gary Payton, Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Space Programs, responds to reporter's questions about the X-37B spaceplane and its mission. (Courtesy USAF)
Listen or download (40 min 34 s - 37.0 MB)
December 22Roving Mars Episode 129Opportunity has reached Santa Maria crater after driving 26.43 km across Meridani Planum. Will likely stay there until after the conjunction of Mars and the Sun (when Mars passes behind the Sun, making communication between the Earth and the rover difficult.) Also John Wirth, Electricity Team Lead, describes the electrical connections on the Curiosity rover being constructed for launch in 2011.
December 22Voyager 1 In HeliosheathThe Voyager 1 spacecraft enters region where the solar wind velocity is zero, an indication that it is nearing interstellar space, some 14.2 billion kilometres from the Sun.
December 29X-37B Spaceplane Mission - Part 3Gary Payton, Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Space Programs, makes additiional comments about the X-37B spaceplane and its mission. (Courtesy USAF)
Listen or download (5 min 49 s - 5.3 MB)
December 29GSAT-5PFailure to launch the GSAT-5P telecommunications satellite aboard a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from India's Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
December 29ESA's 2010A look the achivements of the European Space Agency in 2010. (Courtesy ESA)
December 29Dark MatterHow the Hubble Space Telescope has been used to map dark matter in the Abell 1689 galaxy cluster.
December 29Roving Mars Episode 130Activities of Opportunity in surveying Santa Maria crater. Also plans for the Maven spacecraft to orbit Mars.