SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2011

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
January 05Ariane 4 V199Launch by an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou of the Hispasat 1E and Koreasat 6 communications satellites.
January 05MoonlanderDescription by Simonetta Di Pippo (Director of Human Spaceflight) and Bruno Gardini (Head, Human Transportation and Exploration) of the European Space Agency's Moonlander concept for placing human on the Moon. (Courtsy ESA)
January 05Snowstorm at Comet HartleyFindings of the Deep Impact spacecraft at Comet Hartley.
January 05Planet From Another GalaxyThe discovery by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory of a star that may have come from another galaxy. (Courtesy ESO)
Janaury 12Gabrielle GiffordsScott Kelly aboard the International Space Station pays tribute to his sister-in-law, Congesswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in Arizona.
Janaury 12Roving Mars Episode 131How the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity are faring after seven years roving Mars.
Janaury 12STS 133 Episode 5 - Further DelayWork to make the shuttle flightworthy, and a new launch date set.
January 12Climate Change InitiativeHow European Space Agency satellites are helping us understand global climate change, and improve weather forecasting. (Coutesy ESA)
Janaury 12STS 133 Episode 6 - Crew ChangeHow an bicycle accident has forced astronaut Tim Copra to withdraw from the STS 133 crew, to be replaced by Steve Bowen, who flew aboard STS 132. Also the status of the mooted STS 135 mission, tentatively scheduled for 2011 June 28.
January 19Resupplying the International Space StationHow four forthcoming missions will bring vital supplies of food, water, fuel, and space parts to the International Space Station. The missions are HTV-2 (Kounotori 2), Progess M-05, ATV-2 (Johannes Kepler) and STS 133 (Discovery). Spacewalk from station planned for tonight by two Russian cosmonauts, during which they will deploy the ARISSat-1 educational satellite. Space Adventures company announces availability of more "tourist" flights to the ISS, starting in 2013.
Janaury 19Planck's First ResultsThe first scientific results from the Plank astronomy satellite, which is surveying the sky at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths.
January 19Global Temperatures 2010Satellite and ground measurements have found that global surface temperatures were tied with 2005 as the warmest on record.
Janaury 19STS 133 Episode 7 - New Launch DateNew launch dates for the STS 133 (2011 February 24, Feb 25 in Melbourne) and STS 134 (2011 April 19, Apr 20 in Melbourne) have been set. Doubts as to whether Mark Kelly will be able to command STS 134 due to the condition of his wife, Congreswoman Gabrielle Giffords, as she recovers from being shot. Astronaut Frederick Sturckow takes up training for STS 134, just in case.
February 2HTV-2 LaunchDescription of the launch and flight of Japan's Kounotori 2 cargo supply ship to the International Space Station.
February 2StardustNEXTThe planned Valentine's Day flyby of the Comet Temple 1 by the Stardust spacecraft. Mission objectives.
February 2Apollo 14A quick reflection on the Apollo 14 lunar landing to marks its 40th anniversary.
February 9Kepler At Two YearsWhat the Kepler spacecraft has achieved in its search for extrasolar planets during the nearly two years since launch. (Courtesy ARC)
February 9Roving Mars Episode 132The current status of the Mars Exploration Rovers as Mars passes behind the Sun, forcing Opportunity to run autonomously for a week. A look back at Opportunity's seven years of achievement, and a look forward to Curiosity, which has just completed a lander drop test.
February 9STS 133 Episode 8 - Back At The padThe roll out to the Pad of the STS 133 stack after repairs to its external tank. Also a description of momentos and artifacts to be flown aboard Discovery.
February 16Discovery RetrospectiveThe story of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Discovery's achievements. (Courtesy NASA)
February 16ARTEMISHow two of the TMEMIS satellites were diverted from orbit around the Earth to orbit the lunar Lagrangian points. (Courtesy GSFC)
February 16Kepler's AchievementsA description of the initial achievements of the Kepler planet finding spacecraft.
February 23STS 133 Episode 9 - Ready for LaunchFinal preparations proceeding to launch Discovery on its final mission. Included description of STS 132 launch recorded atop the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center by Peter Aylward.
* Listen or download (18 min 27 s - 16.8 MB)
* Audio description of view from Press Site (2 min 07 s - 2.0 MB)
* Digital Recording of launch from roof of VAB (1 min 43 s - 1.6 MB)
February 23The Glory MissionThe mission objectives of the Glory environmental satellite. (Courtesy KSC)
February 23Launch of ATV 2The launch of the second Automated Transfer Vehicle, the Johannes Kepler, on a supply mission to the International Space Station.
March 02STS 133 Episode 10 - LaunchPreparations, countdown and launch of STS 133, Discovery'e final mission. Included comments by Stephanie Stilson (STS 133 Flow Director) on how Discovery was prepared for its current mission and by Andrew Thomas (Australian born NASA Astronaut) on the astronaut experience in walking out before the members of the press to the astrovan, of the drive out to the launch pad, and of entering the Space Shuttle Orbiter. (Audio inserts courtesy KSC)
March 09STS 133 Episode 11 - Flight and Landing PreparationsThe imminent landing, the in-orbit tribute paid to the Orbiter Discovery by the six astronauts aboard, and the invitation by Commander Steve Lindsey to Space Show listeners to retrieve their "Face In Space" certificates. Also Stewart Gangell's eyewitness account of the launch. (Audio inserts courtesy KSC)
Listen or download (28 min 27 s - 26.0 MB)
March 9The Launch Failure of GloryThe failure to orbit the Glory scientific satellite when the payload fairing did not separate from the Taurus XL rocket after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Included commentary by George Diller. (Inserts courtesy KSC)
March 16The Landing of Soyuz TMA-01MThe Space Show went on air 20 minutes early to broadcast live the landing of the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft in Kazakhstan after a six month stay at the International Space Station. (Audio inserts courtesy JSC)
Listen or download (23 min 32 s - 22.1 MB)
March 16IntegralDescription of the European Spacce Agency's Integral astronomy satellite. (Courtesy ESA)
March 23Messenger Enters Orbit Around MercuryEvents at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, as the Messenger spacecraft became the first spacecraft ever to orbit the planet Mercury.
March 30Obama's Dilemma and SaveSpace - Episode 1An examination of the space policy decisions of the Obama Administration, and opening events at the 2010 April SaveSpace rally at the Cocoa Expo, Cocoa, Florida. Included Barack Obama (President, United States of America), Mike Parapolos (State Senator, Leader Florida Senate), George Mitakarian (President and CEO, Parrish Medical Center, Cocoa), Chris Findlayson (Pastor), Christopher McCaughley (Pledge leader), New Life Worship Team (Cocoa Choir), Larry Linkaus (Pastor, New Life Christian Fellowsip Church, Titusville) and Jason Linkaus (Pastor, New Life Christian Fellowsip Church, Orlando). (All recorded in Florida by A Rennie - See Pictures)
Listen or download (45 min 11 s - 42.4 MB)
April 6Launch of Soyuz TMA 21Events at Baikonour Cosmodrome as Soyuz TMA 21 was launched on a mission to the International Space Station.
April 6Obama's Dilemma and SaveSpace - Episode 2At the 2010 April SaveSpace rally at the Cocoa Expo, Cocoa, Florida, speakers urge President Obama to maintain a strong United States space programme. Speakers included Robin Fisher (Bevard County Commissioner), George Le Mieux (U.S. Senator for Florida), Bill Posey (Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives), Suzanne Kosmas (Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives) and Frank Tobello (President, Space Florida). (All recorded in Florida by A Rennie - See Pictures)
Listen or download (32 min 08 s - 30.1 MB)
April 13Roving Mars Episode 133Opportunity now 6 km from the flanks of Endeavour crater, and assembly and testing of Curiosity continues. Included comments by Anthony Ganino (Vehicle Integration Lead, JPL)
April 13STS 134 - Episode 1Preparations for the launch of STS 134, the final flight of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavour. Also details of where the Orbiters will be displayed once the Shuttle programme comes to an end.
April 13Obama's Dilemma and SaveSpace - Episode 3At the 2010 April SaveSpace rally at the Cocoa Expo, Cocoa, Florida, speakers urge President Obama to maintain a strong United States space programme. Speakers included Jeff Kottkamp (Lt. Governor, Florida), Mike Haridopolos (Senator, Florida State Senate) and Jon McBride (former NASA Astronaut, Florida). (All recorded in Florida by A Rennie - See Pictures)
Listen or download (24 min 35 s - 23.0 MB)
April 20Obama's Dilemma and SaveSpace - Episode 4At the 2010 April SaveSpace rally at the Cocoa Expo, Cocoa, Florida, speakers urge President Obama to maintain a strong United States space programme. Speakers included Winston Scott and Bob Springer (former NASA Astronauts, Florida). Pastor Chris Findlayson also sang "I Believe I Can Fly." (All recorded in Florida by A Rennie - See Pictures)
Listen or download (20 min 30 s - 19.2 MB)
April 20Space Flute DuetPerformance of a duo performance by astronaut Cady Coleman aboard the International Space Station and musician Ian Anderson (formerly a member of Jethro Tull) on Odessa, and a description of how the event was staged.
April 27Obama's Dilemma and SaveSpace - Episode 5At the 2010 April SaveSpace rally at the Cocoa Expo, Cocoa, Florida, speakers urge President Obama to maintain a strong United States space programme. Speakers included Robert Jordan (Member, Brevard County School Board), Paul Partikas (candidate for U.S. Congress), Clifton Laceton (Youth and Music Minister, New Life Christian Fellowship Church, Titusville) and school children Sophia Lothardo (Enterprise Elementary School, St John), Keveni Norton and Tabitha Hadley. Singer and engineer Dennis Lohaus also sang his song about the Space Shuttle, "Majestic Shuttle." (All recorded in Florida by A Rennie - See Pictures)
Listen or download (45 min 45 s - 42.9 MB)
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April 27STS 134 - Episode 2Setting of new launch date, and details of the Endeavour's primary payload, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.
May 4Mercury 3 - 50th AnniversaryThe fiftieth anniversary of Alan Shepard's suborbital flight aboard Mercury 3 (Freedom 7). Included the White House medal ceremony, with speeches by President Kennedy and Alan Shepard.
May 4Robonaut 2Description by Rob Ambrose (Acting Cjief, Software, Robotics and Simulation Division, Johnson Space Center, Houston) of the robotic "astronaut" now aboard the International Space tation. (Courtesy JSC)
May 4Commercial Crew Development - Part 1Details of the four winning contestants for the second round of NASA's Commecial Crew Development competition, under which NASA will purchase manned spaceflights from private companies to service the International Space Station. Included parts of the Press Conference from the Kennedy Space Center.
May 11STS 134 - Episode 3The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and overview of the mission plan.
May 11Commercial Crew Development - Part 2Additional details of NASA's Commecial Crew Development competition, under which NASA will purchase manned spaceflights from private companies to service the International Space Station. Included more of the Press Conference from the Kennedy Space Center.
May 18STS 134 - Episode 4Launch, a profile of Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori, a retrospective of the Space Shuttle programme and comments by Mike Leinbach (Shuttle Launch Director).
May 25Roving Mars Episode 134The final attempt to contact Spirit will come later tonight. Spirit landed on Mars on 2004 January for a planned three month mission and was last heard from on 2010 March 22.
May 25Multi-Purpose Crew vehicleDetails of the MPCV, which will be based on the old plans for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. Its mission to supply the International Space Station and to travel to near-Earth astreoids.
May 25Earth Observing System, President Kennedy and Alan ShepardFifty years ago today President Kennedy made his "Special Message To Congress On Urgent National Needs". We played the entire space segment of the speech, and pointed out that there was more to it than the famous "It's Time (to go to the Moon)" part. He also asked for funds to initiate a system for Earth observation that eventually evolved into today's Earth Observing System of satellites. The programme described some of the achievements of the system, such as monitoring global change. America's first astronaut, Alan Shepard, revealed his involvement in helping Kennedy set the Moon as a national goal, and how Kennedy was a "real space cadet." Werner von Braun also discussed how, at the time of Kennedy's commitment, rocket engineers like himself knew vaguely that it could be done, but that a "quantum jump in all sciences and technologies" would need to be created.
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June 1STS 134 - Space Show 4:30 pm SpecialLive coverage of the landing of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the Kennedy Space Center at the end of the STS 134 mission.
Listen or download (18 min 37 s - 17.5 MB)
June 1STS 134 - Episode 5A repeat of this afternoon's landing broadcast, plus additional information about the landing of STS 134. Also one of the musical wake-up calls made during the mission.
June 1Obama's Space PolicyReactions to President Obama's space policy speech delivered at the Kennedy Space Center
June 8Soyuz TMA-02MThe launch of the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft with three astronauts bound for the International Space Station.
June 8Dawn and VestaThe approach of the Dawn spacecraft to the asteroid Vesta. (Courtesy MSFC)
June 8ExoplanetsAn exoplanet with wild swings of surface temperature. (Courtesy SSC)
June 15Lunar EclipseDetails of tomorrow morning's lunar eclipse. Observing times. Discussion of how dark it might go, given the volcanic ash in the Southern Hemisphere. The observations of surface temperatures to be made by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. How the LRO's Diviner intsrument works.
June 15AquariusThe successful launch of the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft and a description of its scientific task of measuring ocean salinity.
June 15Oceans and SatellitesThe involvement of the European Space Agency in the filming of Galatea Films' 2009 film "Oceans", which is about the Earth's Oceans and the life in it. Film is currently screening at Brighton Bay and Como cinemas. (Courtesy ESA)
June 29Roving Mars Episode 135Preparations to fly Curiosity to Florida, and an overview of the entry into and decent through the martian atmosphere and the landing on Mars. Also how Curiosity will sample the martian rocks.
June 29Organic MoleculesHow the Hubble Space Telescope detected organic molecules on an extrasolar planet.
July 20MicrospecA new intrument to measure the spectrum of light coming from objects in the distant, and hence early, universe. (Courtesy GSFC)
July 20Future Human SpaceflightNew developments in United States human spaceflight after the retirement of the Space Shuttle fleet. (Courtrsy KSC)
July 20Robotic Lander ProjectJulie Basslet (Manager) and Cindy Stemple (Computer Engineer) of the Robotic Lander Development Project at the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabamba, decribe progress in developing a robotic system to control unmaned landers on moons and asteroids. (Courtesy MSFC)
July 27Atlantis - Final ViewTwo brief "The Space Show" break-ins to normal programming to announce the fly-over of Melbourne by the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station. Atlantis was in its final day in orbit and was orbiting about two minutes ahead of the ISS. The clouds over Mentone were 100% ten minutes before the pass, but cleared sufficiently to allow magnificent views of both vehicles as they passed almost directly overhead.
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July 27Orion Multipurpose Crew VehicleA decription of the new United States manned spacecraft.
July 27Roving Mars Episode 136The search for landing sites for the Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory, and the announcement that Gale Crater, named after an Australian astronomer, has been selected.
August 3Juno To JupiterDescription of the Juno spacecraft and its mission to Jupiter.
August 10Roving Mars Episode 137After traveling 33 km the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached "Spirit Point", its first study site on the Cape York part of the rim of the 22 km diameter Endeavour Crater.
August 10Launch of JunoThe Juno spacecraft is on its way to Jupiter. Why Juno is solar powered rather than radioisotope thermoelectric generator powered.
August 17Roving Mars Episode 138Opportunity at Endeavour crater.
August 17NASA's FutureRoles given to the various NASA centres as a result of the budget and policy changes advocated by President Obama are announced by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. Also discussed flagship technology missions, commercial astronauts and a putative heavy-lift vehicle. Recorded at the Kennedy Space Center. (All recorded in Florida - See Pictures)
Listen or download (39 min 51 s - 37.4 MB)
August 24New Directions For Kennedy Space CenterRobert Cabana, Director of the Kennedy Space Center and former astronaut, outlines the new roles to be played by the centre under the new Obama space plan. Recorded at the Kennedy Space Center. (See Pictures and see more Pictures)
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August 24Titan GlintCassini spacecraft, orbiting Saturn, has found evidence that the moon Titan has lakes of liquid methane. (Courtesy MSFC)
August 31American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 1Coverage of President Obama's conference at the Kennedy Space Center. Included speeches by Charlie Bolden (NASA Administrator, Washington, D.C.), Norman Augustine (Chair, Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee) and John Holdren (Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, D.C.) (All recorded in Florida by A Rennie - See Pictures and see more Pictures)
Listen or download (25 min 45 s - 23.5 MB)
September 7American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 2Background reasons for President Obama's conference at the Kennedy Space Center. Included an extended sample of the ranting heard on one United States radio station. Explanatory comments to The Space Show by Neil Tyson (Director, Hayden Planetarium, New York; member of President Bush's Moon, Mars and Beyond Commission) and Buzz Aldrin (former NASA Astronaut - Gemini 12 and Apollo 11) (All except rant recorded in Florida by A Rennie) - See Pictures
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September 7GRAIL To Launch TomorrowPreparations to launch the dual Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory spacecraft to the Moon. Included comments by Sami Asmar (Deputy Project Scientist, JPL), Michael Watkins (Project Scientist, JPL), Maria Zuber (Principal investigator, Massachussetts Institute of Technology), Kevin Barltrop, System Engineer, JPL) and Jim Williams (Senior Research Scientist, JPL). (Inserts courtesy JPL)
September 7Apollo Landing Sites Seen ClearlyNoah Petro (Research Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland) describes how the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken even more detailed pictures of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites than previously seen. (Courtesy GSFC)
September 7Roving Mars Episode 139Opportunity at Endeavour crater has been examining a rock called Tisdale 2 with its microscopic imager.
September 14GRAIL LaunchLaunch of the dual Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory spacecraft to the Moon after a two day delay.
September 14American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 3The flexible pathway to space explained by Ed Crawley (Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachussetts Intitute of Technology, member Augustine Committee) and Scott Hubbard (Professor, Department of Aeronatics and Astronautics, Stanford university.) (Audio inserts recorded at the Kennedy Space Center by Margaret Persinger for The Space Show )
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September 21American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 4Former aviator, space rendezvous theoretician, Gemini and Apollo astronaut and now ideas man Buzz Aldrin on how to expand our reach into the solar system. (Audio insert recorded at the Kennedy Space Center by Margaret Persinger for The Space Show )

The announcement of the architecture of the Space Launch System made at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. by Senators/Representatives Bill Nelson, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Bernice Johnson and John Boozman, and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. (Audio insert courtesy NASA HQ)
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September 28American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 5Journalist Miles O'Brien introduces the "Increasing Access To and Utilisation of the International Space Station" session of the "American Space Programme for the 21st Century" conference at the Kennedy Space Center. Astronaut Mike Foale describes some of his spaceflight experiences, the need for multiple ways to get to the international Space Station, the science done aboard the ISS, and the spectre of the ISS being deorbited. Also reference to Franklin Chang-Dìaz's plasma propulsion proposals. (Audio inserts recorded at the Kennedy Space Center by Margaret Persinger for The Space Show )

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden announced the Space Launch System to NASA employees.

Senator Bill Nelson and Representative Chaka Fattah comment on the Space Launch System at a ceremony at Capitol Hill. (Audio insert courtesy NASA HQ)
Listen or download (35 min 06 s - 32.0 MB)

September 28Kepler DiscoveryThe finding of a planet, Kepler 16b, orbiting a binary star, ny the Kepler spacecraft. (Courtesy NASA)
September 28Extrasolar Planet ChemistryThe Spitzer Space Telescope has identified chemicals on an extrasolar planet. (Courtesy SSC)
October 5American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 6More from the "Increasing Access To and Utilisation of the International Space Station" session of the "American Space Programme for the 21st Century" conference at the Kennedy Space Center. Tom Pickens (Chief Executive Officer, Astrogenetics) desribed how the Spacehab company was transformed into a biotechnology one, and their current research into microbial changes in microgravity. Brettan Alexander (President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation) on the benefits to NASA and the United States of commercial spaceflight operations. He used the development of aviation as an analogue of how the space industry could be instrumental in creation of long term jobs. (Audio inserts recorded at the Kennedy Space Center by Margaret Persinger for The Space Show )
Listen or download (25 min 39 s - 23.4 MB)
October 12American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 7From the "Jumpstarting the New Technologies To Take Us Beyond" session of the "American Space Programme for the 21st Century" conference at the Kennedy Space Center. Ed Lu (former NASA astronaut and now Prgram Manager, Advanced Projects, Google) advocates rapid development of a programme with small parts, affording lots a small victories and frequent launches. Bobby Braun (Chief Technology Officer, NASA) called his talk "Investments In The Future". He outlined an integrated technology programme which would balance NASA's three core capabilities. (Audio inserts recorded at the Kennedy Space Center by Margaret Persinger for The Space Show )
Listen or download (24 min 11 s - 22.1 MB)
October 12The Universe DarklyAustralian astophysicist Peter Edmonds describes the makeup of the Universe as 4% ordinary matter, 26% dark matter and 70% dark energy. (Courtesy CXO)
October 12Fewer AsteroidsAmy Mainzer (Principal Investigator, NEOWISE) describes the finding by her team, using data from the WISE satellite, that there are fewer near-Earth asteroids than previously thought. (Courtesy JPL)
October 19American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 8From the "Jumpstarting the New Technologies To Take Us Beyond" session of the "American Space Programme for the 21st Century" conference at the Kennedy Space Center, Doug Cooke (Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.) states the case for using technology building blocks to take us beyond low Earth orbit. He outlines many of these requisite technologies. In discussion, Andy Thomas (Australian born NASA Astronaut, Houston, Texas) questions the agility of organisation available. Steve Squyres (Principal Investigator, Mars Exploration Rovers, Cornell University, Ithica, New Youk) addresses the difficulty of getting flight approval for new technology. The concept of distributed research groups is put forward. (Audio inserts recorded at the Kennedy Space Center by Margaret Persinger for The Space Show )
Listen or download (28 min 16 s - 26.5 MB)
October 26American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 9From the "Harnessing Space To Expand Economic Opportunity" session of the "American Space Programme for the 21st Century" conference at the Kennedy Space Center, Lori Garver (Deputy Administrator, NASA) explained the components of President Obama's space plan and mentioned the importance of research and development. Greg Junemann (President, Interntional Federation of professional and technical Engineers) set out union views on the topic, emphasised the importance of letting people know about the benefits of space activities, advocated investment in future and sustainable jobs and compared the education budgets in various countires. Finally, Dale Ketcham (Director, Spaceport Research and Technology Institute, University of Central Florida) pointed to links between space and the wider business and industrial base. (Audio inserts recorded at the Kennedy Space Center by Margaret Persinger for The Space Show )
Listen or download (33 min 28 s - 30.5 MB)
October 26Proba 2The objectives of the European Spacce Agancy's Proba 2 satellite. (Courtesy ESA)
November 2American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 10From the "Harnessing Space To Expand Economic Opportunity" session of the "American Space Programme for the 21st Century" conference at the Kennedy Space Center, Mae Jemison (former astronaut and founder of the Jemison Group) discusses the use of education to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers, particularly those of African descent. She also touches on use of exobiology and remote sensing. Lori Garver (Deputy Administrator of NASA) leads a discussion. Participants include: Robert Cabana (former astronaut and now Director of Kennedy Space Center) on opportunities for the Kennedy Space Center; General Taylor (USAF) on how space is interwoven into the fabric of how we live; John Fernandez (Assitant Secretary, Department of Commerce) on economic development activities; Esther Dyson on parallels between changes happening in the Internet and at NASA; Christa Christianson (Head, Tory group) reports on a study of the investment portion of the manned spaceflight programme called Commercial Crew; and Neil Tyson (Director, Hayden Planetarium) advocates frequent compelling missions as a way to stimulate people to want to be scientists. (Audio inserts recorded at the Kennedy Space Center by Margaret Persinger for The Space Show )
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November 2Swift Finds Missing GalaxiesThe use of the Swift satellite to find galaxies thought but not previously proven to exist.
November 9NOAA N'A look at the purposes of the NOAA N Prime meteorological satellite. (Courtesy GSFC)
November 9American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 11From the "American Space Programme for the 21st Century" conference at the Kennedy Space Center, President Obama's Science Advisor John Holdren mediates the "Expanding Our Reach Into The Solar System" session, Participants include John Grunsfeld (Director, Space Science Telescope Science Institute, and former astronaut) who says it is human instinct to explore. He advocates robotic precursors to human exploration, and looks forward to the James Webb Space Telescope. Lori Leshin (Deputy Associate Administrator, Exploration, NASA HQ) also discusses robotic precursor missions and looks forward to the 2018 opportunity for unmanned missions to Mars. Bill Nye (the Science Guy) advocates achievable goals. (Audio inserts recorded at the Kennedy Space Center by Andrew Rennie and Margaret Persinger for The Space Show )
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November 9Crab NebulaNew findings from orbiting observatories about the Crab Nebula. (Courtesy GSFC)
November 16American Space Programme for the 21st Century - Episode 12From the "American Space Programme for the 21st Century" conference at the Kennedy Space Center, NASA Adminitrator Charlie Bolden conducts a summative session. Speakers include:
President Obama's Science Advisor John Holdren, who mediated the "Expanding Our Reach Into The Solar System" session;
Lori Garver, NASA's Deputy Administrator, who gathered ideas on how to harness space to expand economic opportunity;
Norman Augustine, who was Chairman of the "Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight", conducted a panel that looked at ways to jumpstart new technologies; and
Miles O'Brien, a journalist that chaired the session that considered ways to increase access to and use of the International Space Station. (Recorded at the Kennedy Space Center by A Rennie)
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November 23Human Spaceflight: Past, Present and Future?From the United States Congress Neil Armstrong (former NASA astronaut - Gemini 8 and Apollo 11) and Eugene Cernan (former NASA astronaut - Gemini 9, Apollo 10 and Apollo 17) give their opinions on the state of human spaceflight and where it should go from here. (Audio inserts courtesy Congress)
November 23Congressional Gold Medal AwardThe November 16 ceremony to award the New Frontiers Congressional Gold Medal to astronauts John Glenn (Mercury 6), Neil Armstrong (Gemini 8 and Apollo 11), Buzz Aldrin (Gemini 12 and Apollo 11) and Mike Collins (Gemini 10 and Apollo 11). (Audio inserts courtesy NASA)
November 30Human Spaceflight: Past, Present and Future?From the United States Congress Michael Griffin (Professor Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama, and former NASA Administrator) and Maria Zuber (Professor, Geophysics, Department Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachussetts Institute of Technology) give their opinions on the state of human spaceflight and where it should go from here. Neil Armstrong (former NASA astronaut - Gemini 8 and Apollo 11) and Eugene Cernan (former NASA astronaut - Gemini 9, Apollo 10 and Apollo 17) respond to Committee questions. (Audio inserts courtesy Congress)
November 30Astro and NextsatExperiments in robotic docking of two satellites. (Courtesy MSFC)
December 14Extrasolar PlanetsFinding of the first Earth-like planet in the habitable zone of a star by the Kepler satellite has drawn attention to the ongoing search for extrasolar planets. (Courtesy GSFC)
December 14Dragon test Flight PlannedPlans by Space-X to rendezvous and dock with the International Space Station its Dragon spacecraft.
December 28Cryosat 2How data from the Cryosat 2 satellite is "ground truthed." (Courtesy ESA)
December 28Heatlh and FitnessMaintaining the health and fitness of astronauts. (Courtesy NASA)