SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2012

LECTURES
recorded by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
LECTURERTOPIC
February 8Hollywood Meets The Labcoats - Part ThreeMovie monsters are the topic in this panel discussion on how science fiction films portray living in space. Chaired by Rod Quantock the panelist were: Heather Couper (TV Producer, UK); Gail Jennings (Science Journalist, ABC TV); David Lowe (Research Director, Walter Eliza Hall Institute); David Smith (Director, Mind Body and Soul, Museum Victoria); Barbara Crean (Cinema Studies, Melbourne University); and Kevin Manning (Managing Director, STARS, Aerospace Education International). (Recorded at Science NOW, Melbourne Exhibition Centre)
Listen or download discussion (29 min 32 s - 27.7 MB)
March 7Lunar ChronologyHow counting craters seen in the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images is helping work out a chronology of the Moon. (Courtesy NASA)
April 25Dragon's Flight Readiness ReviewThe press conference held at the Johnson Space Center to announce the completion of the Flight Readiness Review for the planned flight of Space-X's Dragon spacecraft to the international Space Station. Speakers included:
* Bill Gerstenmaier (Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA HQ);
* Mike Suffredini (International Space Station Program Manager);
* Alan Lindenmoyer (Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Manager);
* Elan Musk (Chief Executive Officer and Chief Designer, Space-X); and
* Holly Ridings (Flight Director, JSC). (Inserts courtesy JSC)
May 162012 NASA Budget HearingA testy exchange between NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and U.S. Congressmen Schiff and Culberson on NASA's actions in regard to the Decadal Survey Report, and in particular Exomars. (Courtesy USC)
May 30Senator John GlennThe third human to orbit the Earth, 90 year old John Glenn's speech at the handover ceremony for Space Shuttle Discovery to the Air & Space Museum. (Courtesy NASA)
June 13Ray Bradbury PoemTo mark the death of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, a 1971 reading by Bradbury of a poem written to mark the entry into martian orbit of the Mariner 9 spacecraft. (Courtesy JPL)
July 18CuriosityJohn Grotzinger (Project Scientist, Mars Science Laboratory, California Institute of Technology) descibes the scientific aims of Curiosity and the instruments that achieve thosee aims. (Courtesy NASM)
July 25The Trails and Tribulations of Mars ExpressDavid Southwood (Director of Science, European Space Agency, Paris) relates a story of how the radar antenna on the ESA spacecraft Mars Express failed to deploy, and what was done to open it. (Recorded at State Library of Victoria)
Listen or download (7 min 51 s - 7.1 MB)
August 1Mike Watson
Mission Manager
Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena
California
The characteristics of the Curiosity rover, the landing process and a description of the final four candidate landing sites. (Courtesy JPL)
August 1Dawn Sumner
Geologist
Uinversity of California - Davis
California
The geology of Gale Crater and the areas of highest scientific interest. (Courtesy JPL)
August 8John McIntosh
President
Victorian Division
Engineers Australia
Curiosity, an engineering achivement. Reminiscence of the Apollo 11 landing. (Recorded at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, Strathmore)
Listen or download (1 min 45 s - 1.6 MB)
August 8Marion Anderson
Member
Curiosity landing Site Selection Committee

Lecturer
Monash University
Clayton

The site selection criteria and the features of Gale Crater, (Recorded at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, Strathmore)
Listen or download (13 min 1 s - 12.2 MB)
Not BroadcastFrancesco Pignatale
Swinburne University
Hawthorn
Creating a 3D movie about Mars using images returned by the spacecraft already at Mars. Not broadcast as talk was too visual for radio and the speaker at times moved away from our microphone. Recorded at Victorian Space Science Education Centre, Strathmore.
Listen or download (9 min 36 s - 8.7 MB)
August 15Curiosity and Space ExplorationA discussion between John Grunsfeld (former astronaut and now Associate Administrator for Science at NASA HQ), Charles Elachi (Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and members of the media, hours before the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity in Gale Crater. (Courtesy JPL)
August 22Curiosity and Space ExplorationMore of last week's discussion between John Grunsfeld (former astronaut and now Associate Administrator for Science at NASA HQ), Charles Elachi (Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and members of the media, hours before the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity in Gale Crater. (Courtesy JPL)
August 22Curiosity News BriefingMichael Meyer (Chief Scientist, Mars Exploration Program, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.) describes NASA's scientific objectives on Mars. (Courtesy JPL)
August 22Curiosity News BriefingDan Hassler (Principal Investigator, Radiation Assessment Detector, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado) describes the science done by the RAD instrument aboard Curiosity whilst en-route to Mars, and the planned measurements on Mars. (Courtsy JPL)
September 5Mike Malin
Principal investigator
MARDI and Mastcam
Malin Space Science Systems
San Diego
California
The camera systems on board the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. (Courtesy JPL)
September 26David Blake
Principal Investigator
Chemistry and Mineralogy Sample Analysis
Mars Science Laboratory
Ames research center
Mountain View
California
The function and pupose of the Chemistry and Mineralogy Sample Analysis instrument aboard the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. (Courtesy JPL)
September 26Mike Malin
Principal Investigator
MARDI and Mastcam
Malin Space Science Systems
San Diego
California
The mast camera system on board the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. (Courtesy JPL)
September 26Doug McCuitsion
Director
Mars Exploration Program
NASA HQ
Washington, D.C.
Overview of the NASA's Mars Exploration Program. (Courtesy JPL)
September 26John Grotzinger
Project Scientist
Mars Science Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
The science to be done by the Curiosity rover. (Courtesy JPL)
October 10Colin Dundas
Research Geologist
U.S. Geological Survey
How the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found active gullies that look like water carved active gullies. (Courtesy NASA HQ)
October 10Alfred McEwan
Principal Investigator
HiRISE
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
University of Arizona
How observations of Mars have shown changes, apparently caused by liquid water. What needs to be done to comfirm this finding. (Courtesy NASA HQ)
October 10Thomas Martin-Mar
Chief
Navigation Team
Mars Science Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena
California
Navigating Curiosity through interplanetary space and to a "pin-point" landing in Gale Crater. (Courtesy JPL)
October 10Ashwin Vasada
Deputy Project Scientist
Mars Science Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena
California
The weather on Mars and how it could have affected Curiosity's descent amd landing. (Courtesy JPL)
October 10Pete Theisinger
Project Manager
Mars Science Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena
California
The MSL mission and how Curiosity will land on Mars. (Courtesy JPL)
October 10Adam Steltzner
Lead
Entry, Descent and Landing Phase
Mars Science Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena
California
The landing proceedure of the Curiosity rover. (Courtesy JPL)
October 24Lindley Johnson
Near Earth Object Observation Program Executive
NASA HQ
Washington, D.C.

Amy Mainzer
Principal Investigator
NEOWISE
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena
California

Tim Spaur
Director
Minor Planet Center
Cambridge
Massachussetts

Lucy McFadden
Planetary Scientist
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt
Maryland

NEOWISE - the findings of the WISE satellite about the population of near-Earth asteroids. (Courtesy NASA HQ)
October 24Paul Mahaffy

Principal Investigator
Sample Analysis at Mars
Mars Science Laboratory
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt
Maryland

How the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument aboard Curiosity will collect and analyse samples of Martian soil. (Courtesy JPL)
October 24Roger Wiens
Principal Investigator
Chemistry and Camera
Mars Science Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
The function of the Chemistry and Camera instrument aboard the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity. (Courtesy JPL)
October 31Phil Christensen
Geophysicist
Arizona State University
Evidence for possible liquid water on Mars, and why scientists are interested in martian water.
October 31Lisa Pratt
Biogeochemist
Indianna University
Planning missions to Mars to search for life. The origin and source of water flows on Mars.
November 7Greg Talbot
Centre for Australian Space Education
Adelaide
The genesis of the Australian International Space School and its activities. (Recorded at Australian Space Research Institute, Melbourne)
Listen or download Part 1 (11 min 47 s - 11.0 MB)
Listen or download Part 2 (7 min 52 s - 7.4 MB)
Listen or download Part 3 (10 min 23 s - 5.3 MB)
Listen or download Part 4 (5 min 43 s - 5.3 MB)
December 5Brice Billson
Nepean Group
Rotary International
Frankston
Introduction to Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt (Recorded Mornington Racecourse).
Listen or download (3 min 23 s - 3.1 MB)
December 5Harrison Schmitt
Apollo 17 Astronaut
New Mexico
His experiences on the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission. (Recorded Mornington Racecourse)
Listen or download (34 min 16 s - 32.1 MB)
December 12Harrison Schmitt
Apollo 17 Astronaut
New Mexico
Responses to audience questions about his experiences on the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission. (Recorded Mornington Racecourse)
Listen or download (15 min 20 s - 14.8 MB)
December 12Harrison Schmitt
Apollo 17 Astronaut
New Mexico
Do we need to go back to the Moon in order to get to Mars? (Recorded Redback Brewery Hotel, North Melbourne)
Listen or download (1 min 29 s - 1.4 MB)
December 12Harrison Schmitt
Apollo 17 Astronaut
New Mexico

Brice Billson
Nepean Group
Rotary International
Frankston

Schmitt's experiences growing up in New Mexico, and Rotary International's fundraising for the Polio Plus campain. (Recorded Mornington Racecourse).
Listen or download (5 min 22 s - 35.9 MB)