SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2014

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
January 2 Space Music A programme of songs about space exploration.
January 8 Supernova Explosions How the Chandra Xray Observatory's data is being used to study supernoval explosions. (Courtesy CXO)
January 8 The Orion Nebula New studies are being made of the Orion Nebula. (Courtesy ESO)
January 8 Galaxy Evolution Images from the Hubble Space telescope are being used to bring us a step closer to understanding the origins of our Milky Way Galaxy. (Courtesy STScI)
January 15 ESA Preview 2014 A look forward to the activities planned by the European Space Agency for 2014. (Courtesy ESA)
January 15 Wake Up Rosetta! The Rosetta mission, why it has been in hiberation since 2011 and plans to wake the mission to Comet Gerasimenko-Churyumov on Janary 20 at 9 pm AEDT. (Inserts courtesy ESA, see 2014 Lectures page)
Janauary 15 Eye In The Sky Alan Parsons sings Eye In The Sky at a concert in Rome and pays tribute to Itlian astronaut Luca Parmitano aboard the International Space Station. (Courtesy ESA)
January 22 Rosetta Wakes Up! The events at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, as the Rosetta spacecraft was woken from 957 days of hibernation. Description of Rosetta's 10 year journey so far. What we know about comets. (Inserts coutesy ESA)
Janaury 29 Reagan's Space Station To mark the 30th anniversary of President Reagan's proposal for a United States Space Station, we trace the history of what eventually evolved into the Intenrational Space Station as seen through the prism of Presidential State of the Union speeches. Included part of President Obama's speech, made a few hours ago.
Listen or download (25 min 30 s - 23.3 MB)
February 5 Making Hubble Images How the data returned by the Hubble Space Telescope is turned into images. (Courtesy STScI)
February 19 Curiosity Report Curiosity on the move after crossing a dune barrier. (Courtesy JPL)
February 19 Interferometry How interferometric techniques are being applied to observations by the European Southern Observatory. (Courtesy ESO)
February 19 AM CVn Systems White dwarf and black hole systems. (Courtesy CXO)
February 19 Arctic Albedo New findings about energy absorption in the Arctic Ocean and the extent of summer sea ice.
February 26 Global Precipitation Measurement Ahead of Friday's launch of the GPM Core spacecraft from Tanegashima, Japan, a detailed description of the aims of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission.
February 26 Cubesats The set of Cubesats lofted to the International Space Station by the Cygnus 1 spacecraft for deployment into independent orbit from the Japanese Experiment Module. Included ArduSat 2, DoveFlock 1 and SkyCube.
February 26 Rosetta Update Rosetta is awake and there are big plans for it in 2014. (Courtesy ESA)
February 26 The Astronaut and the Bare Naked Ladies The musical collaboration between Canadian astroanut Chris Hadfield, U.S. astronaut Cady Coleman and Canadian musican Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies which led to an educational performance.
Listen or download (32 min 29 s - 29.6 MB)
March 12 Aurora Borealis An explanation of the northern lights and recent research into them. (Courtesy GSFC)
March 19 Apollo 9 Reflections To mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 9 mission astronaut Rusty Schweickart thoughtfully describes the experience. (Courtesy PT)
March 26 Australia and the Deep Space Network - Episode 1 To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Deep Space Network we interview some of the Australians who built and operated the ground stations at Island Lagoon, Honeysuckle Creek and Tidbinbilla. Interviewees included Mike Dinn (former Director, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Tidbinbilla), Hamish Lindsay (former Technical Officer and author), Roy Littlemore (pioneer space tracker, Island Lagoon) and Jim Kirkpatrick (former Project Manager, Tidbinbilla).
* Listen or download full programme (40 min 31 s - 37.0 MB)
* Listen or download Mike Dinn (4 min 3 s - 3.7 MB)
* Listen or download Mike Dinn Retirement (0 min 43 s - 0.7 MB)
* Photo: Mike Dinn
* Photo: At DSS43 anniversary, left to right, John Saxon, Mike Dinn and John Kirkpatrick.
* Listen or download Hamish Lindsay (11 min 55 s - 10.9 MB)
* Photo: John Saxon (left) and Hamish Lindsay at Honeysuckle Creek.
* Photo: Tracking Apollo to the Moon Book dust jacket.
* Photo: John Saxon and Hamish Lindsay at Honeysuckle Creek. Hamish points to himself at console, while John holds an album of memorabilia.
* Listen or download Roy Littlemore (3 min 53 s - 3.5 MB)
* Listen or download Jim Kirkpatrick (4 min 35 s - 4.1 MB)
* Photo: Jim Kirkpatrick

See also our 2013 programme about the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station.

March 26 Readying Rosetta's Instruments The OSIRIS camera on Rosetta has been reactivated and is now imaging Comet Gerasimenko-Churyumov. (Coutesy ESA)
March 26 Preparing IXV How the European reentry test vehicle is being prepared for flight. (Courtesy ESA)
April 2 Soyuz TMA-12M The rendezvous, flyaround and docking of the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft with the International Space Station.
April 2 Australia and the Deep Space Network - Episode 2 To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Deep Space Network we interview some of the Australians who built and operated the ground stations at Island Lagoon, Honeysuckle Creek and Tidbinbilla. Interviewees included Len Ricardo (Operations Manager and Deputy Director, Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex), Ken Strickland (former Software Technician), and Peter Pistoor (former Technician).
* Listen or download full programme (43 min 46 s - 40.0 MB)
* Listen or download Len Ricardo (11 min 58 s - 10.9 MB)
* Listen or download Ken Strickland (4 min 16 s - 3.8 MB)
* Listen or download Peter Pistoor Part 1 (6 min 11 s - 5.6 MB)
* Listen or download Peter Pistoor Part 2 (11 min 14 s - 10.3 MB)
* Photo: Plaque for Ballima, a.k.a. DSS 43.
* Photo: Full view of Ballima.
* Photo: Ballima's lattice from below.
* Photo: Left view of DSS 43.
* Photo: Right view of DSS 43.

See also our 2013 programme about the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station.

April 9 Australia and the Deep Space Network - Episode 3 To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Deep Space Network we interview some of the Australians who built and operated the ground stations at Island Lagoon, Honeysuckle Creek and Tidbinbilla. We also chat with NASA managers and the U.S. Ambassador. Interviewees included Keith Aldworth (former Analogue Intrumentation Technician, Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex), Wayne Sible (Deputy Manager, Deep Space Network, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California), Jon Walker (Operations Manager, NASA Tracking Networks, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.) and Jeffrey Bleich (Ambassador to Australia, USA).
* Listen or download full programme (41 min 39 s - 38.0 MB)
* Listen or download Keith Aldworth (18 min 49 s - 17.2 MB)
* Listen or download Wayne Sible (8 min 55 s - 8.1 MB)
* Listen or download Jon Walker (4 min 0 s - 3.6 MB)
* Listen or download Jeffrey Bleich (3 min 6 s - 2.8 MB)
* Photo: View of DSS 43 at Tidbinbilla.
* Photo: Ambassador and Mrs. Bleich with John Saxon.
* Photo: Some of the former space trackers and guests at Tidbinbilla.
* Photo: Keith Aldworth (at left)
* Photo: Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich.
* Photo: Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich.
* Photo: Historian Colin McKellar making a video record of ceremony.
N.B. Some of these photos courtesy E. Saxon

See also our 2013 programme about the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station.

April 16 Mars Flyby 2021 - Part One A look at the proposal to launch an Orion spacecraft in 2021 November to flypast Venus in 2022 April and Mars in 2022 October and return its two person crew to Earth in 2023 June. Included President Obama's 2010 space policy speech, comments by James Reuther (Deputy Associate Administrator of Programs, Space technology Mission Directorate, NASA HQ), and statements by Lamar Smith (Republican Representative, Texas), Steven Palazzo (Republican Reprentative, Mississippi), Eddie Johnson (Democratic Representative, Texas), Scott Pace (Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University), General (Retired) Lester Lyles (aerospace consultant), Doug Cooke (former Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, now owner of Cooke Concepts and Solutions) and Sandy Magnus (former astronaut, now Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics).
Listen or download (45 min 34 s - 41.8 MB)
Photographs: see Florida Diary
April 16 Antarctic Ozone How satellite measurements have shown that the Antarctic ozone hole was slightly smaller in 2013 than the average of recent decades.
April 23 Mars Flyby 2021 - Part Two A look at the proposal to launch an Orion spacecraft in 2021 November to flypast Venus in 2022 April and Mars in 2022 October and return its two person crew to Earth in 2023 June. Included an extract from President Obama's 2010 space policy speech; questions by Lamar Smith (Republican Representative, Texas), Steven Palazzo (Republican Reprentative, Mississippi), and Bill Posey (Republican Representative, Florida); and responses by Scott Pace (Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University), General (Retired) Lester Lyles (aerospace consultant), Doug Cooke (former Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, now owner of Cooke Concepts and Solutions) and Sandy Magnus (former astronaut, now Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics).
Listen or download (26 min 50 s - 24.5 MB)
Photographs: see Florida Diary
April 30 Mars Flyby 2021 - Part Three A look at the proposal to launch an Orion spacecraft in 2021 November to flypast Venus in 2022 April and Mars in 2022 October and return its two person crew to Earth in 2023 June. Included extracts from President Obama's 2010 space policy speech; questions by Lamar Smith (Republican Representative, Texas), Steven Palazzo (Republican Reprentative, Mississippi), Bill Posey (Republican Representative, Florida), and Eddie Johnson (Democratic Representative, Texas); and responses by Scott Pace (Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University), General (Retired) Lester Lyles (aerospace consultant), Doug Cooke (former Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, now owner of Cooke Concepts and Solutions) and Sandy Magnus (former astronaut, now Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics).
Listen or download (22 min 8 s - 20.2 MB)
Photographs: see Florida Diary
April 30 Heart Of The Carina Star Cluster The Hubble Space telescop has revealed new details about the Carina star cluster. (Courtesy STScI)
April 30 Planetary Orbits What determines the orbits of the planets and asteroids. (Courtest SP)
April 30 Lunar LaserCom Demonstration The LADEE spacecraft has just ended its mission, during which it tested the use of a laser link to relat data from lunar orbit to Earth. (Courtesy GSFC)
May 7 Mars Flyby 2021 - Part Four A look at the proposal to launch an Orion spacecraft in 2021 November to flypast Venus in 2022 April and Mars in 2022 October and return its two person crew to Earth in 2023 June. Included extracts from President Obama's 2010 space policy speech; questions by Lamar Smith (Republican Representative, Texas), Steven Palazzo (Republican Reprentative, Mississippi), Bill Posey (Republican Representative, Florida), Dana Rohrabacher (Republican Representative, California), Donna Edwards (Democratic Representative, Maryland) and Eddie Johnson (Democratic Representative, Texas); and responses by Scott Pace (Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University), General (Retired) Lester Lyles (aerospace consultant), Doug Cooke (former Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, now owner of Cooke Concepts and Solutions) and Sandy Magnus (former astronaut, now Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics).
Listen or download (26 min 4 s - 23.8 MB)
Photographs: see Florida Diary
May 7 Cassini's 10th Year at Saturn The Cassini spacecraft has been in orbit about Saturn for nearly 10 years. What is planned for the next several years? (Courtesy JPL)
May 7 Time Travel On the cusp of a talk at Melbourne University by Professor Jim Al-Khalili we look at the science of time travel.
May 7 Exploding Stars The Veil Nenbula has many exploding stars. (Courtesy STScI)
May 14 Mars Flyby 2021 - Part Five A look at the technologies needed to support a proposal to launch an Orion spacecraft in 2021 November to flypast Venus in 2022 April and Mars in 2022 October and return its two person crew to Earth in 2023 June. Included an extract from President Obama's 2010 space policy speech; questions by Randy Weber (Republican Representative, Texas), Bill Posey (Republican Representative, Florida), and Representative Buttrace (?); and responses by General (Retired) Lester Lyles (aerospace consultant), Doug Cooke (former Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, now owner of Cooke Concepts and Solutions), and Scott Pace (Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University).

Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17 astronaut-geologist, former U.S. Senator), Greg Williams (Deputy Associate Administrator, Policy and Plans, NASA HQ), James Reuther (Deputy Associate Administrator of Programs, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA HQ) also were in this documentary.

Included a feature prepared by NASA's Exploration Systems Division on progress being made on the Orion spacecaft and the Space Launch System Rocket.
Listen or download (42 min 45 s - 41.0 MB)
Listen or download Harrison Schmitt (2 min 12 s - 2.0 MB)
Photographs: see Florida Diary

May 21 Galileo - Part One To mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the Galileo Orbiter mission, a look back to the contemporary reports of the death plunge into the Jovian atmosphere and the legacy of the mission. Included Michael Belton (Imaging Team Leader, Galileo, Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Colleen Hartman (Director, Solar System Exploration Division, NASA HQ), Sean O'Keefe (Administrator, NASA HQ), and Project Scientists Torrence Johnson, Rosaly Lopes and Andy Ingersol. (Audio inserts courtesy JPL)
Listen or download (38 min 15 s - 36.7 MB)
May 21 First Ring Around An Asteroid The first discovery of a ring around an asteroid. (Courtesy ESO)
May 28 Galileo - Part Two To mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the Galileo Orbiter mission, a look back to the contemporary reports of the death plunge into the Jovian atmosphere and the legacy of the mission. Included Charles Elachi (Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Project Scientists Torrence Johnson, Andy Ingersol and Rosaly Lopes (Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory). (Audio inserts courtesy JPL)
Listen or download (32 min 7 s - 29.3 MB)
May 28 Asteroid Initiative Discussion about the Asteroid Redirect portion of NASA's Asteroid Initiative that would see a small asteroid (or boulders off a larger asteroid) moved into a gravitationally stable orbit beyond the moon, from which a manned mission could gather samples to bring to Earth. Speakers were Greg Williams (Deputy Associate Administrator, Policy and Plans, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.) and Lynley Johnson (Program Executive, Near Earth Object Program, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.). (Audio inserts courtesy NASA HQ)
Listen or download (13 min 14 s - 12.0 MB)
May 28 Vega VV-03 Plans to use the third flight of the European Space Agency's Vega rocket to launch a satellite for Kazahkstan. (Courtesy ESA)
May 28 Rosetta Puts On The Brakes The Rosetta spacecraft has begun the manoeuvres needed to slow down for its rendezvous the Comet Gerasimenko-Churyumov. (Courtesy ESA)
June 4 Galileo - Part Three To mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the Galileo Orbiter mission, a look back to the contemporary reports of the death plunge into the Jovian atmosphere and the legacy of the mission. Included lecture by Rosaly Lopes (Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory) about Galileo's findings about Io. (Audio insert courtesy JPL)
Listen or download (25 min 27 s - 23.2 MB)
June 4 Alexander Gerst's Blue Dot Mission To mark his launch aboard Soyuz TMA-13M, a profile of German astronaut Alexander Gerst and the aims of the "blue Dot" mission to the International Space Station. (Courtesy ESA)
June 11 Galileo - Part Four To mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the Galileo Orbiter mission, a look back to the contemporary reports of the death plunge into the Jovian atmosphere and the legacy of the mission. Included Rosaly Lopes (Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory) answering audience questions about the Galileo mission. Also details of a Request for Information issued recently by NASA reagarding a proposed mission to explore Jupiter's moon Europa. (Audio insert courtesy JPL)
Listen or download (18 min 25 s - 16.8 MB)
June 18 Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 An overview of the OCO 2 satellite, due for launch on July 1. (Courtesy JPL)
June 25 Landsat The history of the Landsat earth observation satellite system and NASA's call for concepts for future Landsat satellites.
June 25 The Sun and Climate Variability How satellites are measuring the energy output of the sun and how that varies and has an effect on climate.
July 2 Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 Mission scientists and mission managers describe the second Orbiting Carbon Observatory's objectives to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide.
July 2 EarthCARE Plans for the EarthCARE satellite to be launched in 2016 by the European Space Agency and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.
July 9 Hayabusa 2 A recap on the Hayabusa (1) mission to Asteroid Itokawa and a description of the planned Hayabusa 2 mission to Asteroid 1999 JU3, including the debate over whether to fly a subsatellite camera when the Japanese spacecraft drives an explosive penetrator into the asteroid. Australian involvement was noted.
July 16 Musical Journey To The Moon To mark the 45th anniversary today of the launch of Apollo 11, the first human lunar landing mission, a musical moon journey from 1950 to 2013. Included audio references to Sputnik 1, Apollo 1 (fire), and Apollo 11.
* Listen or download programme (58 min 28 s - 53.4 MB)
* Listen or download Promo Version 1 (0 min 40 s - 0.6 MB)
* Listen or download Promo Vesrion 2 (1 min 8 s - 1.0 MB)
July 23 Rosetta Closes In The approach of Rosetta to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gearsimenko. Description of the shape of the comet, the location of the spacecraft relative to the comet, the manner in which Rosetta is approaching the comet using a series of pyramid flybys, how the probe is being controlled, and what is known about the comet. Also a look back to a proposed NASA mission called CRAF and the Deep Impact flyby of Comet Hartley 2. Included contributions from Paolo Ferri (Head, Mission Operations, ESA), Thomas Reiter (Director, Human Spaceflight operations, ESA) and Mark McCaughrean (Senior Scientific Adviser, ESA). (Inserts courtesy ESA)
July 30 Rosetta - One Week Away The reason for the Rosetta mission, the instruments aboard the spacecraft, the origin of the Earth's water, comets as cosmic time capsules and the past week's revelations about Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gearsimenko. Also the protective measures being taken to mitigate the dangers of flying around and landing on an active odly shaped comet. A look back to 1986 and the Giotto mission to Comet Halley. Finally, a brief musical foray into fruitcake territory with an apocalyptic song about the 2011 aparition of Comet Elenin. Included contributions from Mark McCaughrean (Senior Scientific Adviser, ESA), Paolo Ferri (Head, Mission Operations, ESA) and Koen Guerts (Technical Manager, Philae Control centre, DLR, Germany). (Inserts courtesy ESA)
July 30 ATV 5 Georges Lemaître This morning's launch of ATV 5 marks the end of the Automated Transfer Vehicle programme. We look at the ATV 5 mission, the life and achievements of Georges Lemaître, and give an overview of the ATV programme. (Courtesy ESA)
July 30 Ariane A retrospective of the 30 year Ariane rocket project, from its genesis to today. Included a musical tribute to Ariane. (Courtesy ESA)
July 30 Venus Express The Venus Express spacecraft has survived aerobraking and has now lifted itself clear of the Venusian atmosphere to continue scientific operations in orbit around Venus. (Courtesy ESA)
August 6 Rosetta Rendezvous From the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, a two hour live-to-air broadcast of the arrival of the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft at Comet Gerasimenko-Churyumov. Included speeches by officials, interviews of mission leaders, and comments by Space Association of Australia President Peter Aylward.
* Listen or download programme Part 1 (6- 7 pm) (1 h 0 min 14 s - 55.5 MB)
* Listen or download programme Part 2 (7-8 pm) (58 min 38 s - 53.5 MB)
August 13 Rosetta Rendezvous Science From the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, the science being done by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft at Comet Gerasimenko-Churyumov. Included Marc McCaughrean (Senior Adviser, Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration, ESA), Larry O'Rourke (Science Operations, Spain), Andrea Accomazzo (Rosetta Flight Director), Fabrizio Capaccione (Principal Investigator, VERTIS, INAF-IAPS, Rome), Frank Budnik (Flight Dynamics, ESOC) and Holger Sierks (Principal Investigator, OSIRIS, MPS Göttingen).
* Listen or download (46 min 8 s - 42.1 MB)
August 27 Galileo 5 and 6 in Wrong Orbit How the Galileo 5 and 5 European navigation satellites ended up in an incorect orbit. Description of the completion of the in-orbit validation phase of the Galileo navigation system.
September 3 70th Anniversary of the Ballistic Missile To mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of the first operational A-4 (V-2) missiles against France, Belgium and the United Kingdom, a brief history of the rocket. Followed by Part 2 of a conversation between von Braun and Ley (see below).
Listen or download (4 min 8 s - 3.8 MB)
September 3 American Rocketry After World War 2 A 1959 conversation between Werner von Braun and Willy Ley about their involvement in the post war rocket developments.
Listen or download (21 min 34 s - 9.8 MB)
September 17 Philae Landing Site The process by which the prime and backup landing sites for Philae were chosen. A description of the landing site, and some of the early finding of Rosetta's ALICE instrument.
Listen or download (9 min 53 s - 9.5 MB)
September 17 Curiosity At Base Of Mount Sharp After two years of driving in Gale Crater, the Mars Science Laboratory has reached the base of Mount Sharp and will no begin to investigate its geologic layers. (Courtesy JPL)
September 17 Optus 10 A description of the Optus 10 Australian communications satellite which was launched on Friday morning. Included Arianespace's launch commentary and a description by Paul Sheridan (Director, Optus Satellite Services) of Optus' contribution to the Australian space industry.
Listen or download (14 min 12 s - 13.6 MB)
September 17 IXV Preparations Prepration being made to launch the European Space Agency's IXV re-entry test vehicle. (Courtesy ESA)
September 17 Charlie Duke and The Space Show Introduction to Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke's appearance on The Space Show.
Listen or download (3 min 31 s - 3.4 MB)
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September 24 Mangalyaan Today's successful insertion into orbit around Mars of India's Mars Orbiter Mission. Included commentary from Bangalore and a speech by Prime Minister Modi.
Listen or download (25 min 47 s - 23.5 MB)
September 24 Maven Orbit Insertion The successful placement of the United State's Maven spacecraft into orbit around Mars.
October 1 RapidScat A explanation of how scatterometry can be usd to measure oceanic wind velocityies, and details of the RapidScat instrument whic has just been delivered to the International Space Station. (Courtrsy JPL)
October 1 Curiosity At Base Of Mount Sharp An update on the travels and experiments of the Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory rover. (Courtesy JPL)
October 1 Keeping Track of the 'Solid' Earth How space-based geodetic technologies have enabled many ways to look at our planet and how it changews over time.
October 8 HyspIRI Plans for the Hyperspectral Infrared Imager instrument being developed for a sun-synchronous orbital mission.
October 8 Maven At Mars Events at the time Maven entered orbit around around Mars. Comments by John Grunsfeld and Colleen Hartman. (Inserts courtesy NASA)
October 8 Philae's Landing Site Details of the landing site chosen for Philae on Comet Gerasimenko-Churyumov described ny Stephan Ulamec (Manager, Philae, DLR, Germany), two songs about Rosetta and a competition to name the landing site.
October 15 Rosetta Down To 10 km The Rosetta spacecraft is now orbiting Comet Gerasimenko-Churyumov at a distance of 10 km from the comet's centre. Fred Jansen (Mission Manager, Rosetta, European Space Agency) describes the past three months activity leading up to the rendezvous. Naming convention for features on the comet's surface to have an Egyptian theme.
Listen or download (15 min 11 s - 13.8 MB)
October 15 Comet Siding Springs and Mars Comet Siding Springs is only a few days away from its close flyby of Mars and the spacecraft in orbit and on the surface of the red planet are being prepared. (Courtesy JPL and MSFC)
October 22 Rosetta Reveals Comet Comet Gerasimenko-Churyumov's details have been revealed by Rosetta.
October 29 Rosetta Findings and Philae Naming Some of the findings about the nature of comets, how Philae got its name, competition to name the landing site on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko and the steps controllers need to take to prepare for the landing.
Listen or download (25 min 22 s - 23.1 MB)
November 5 Philae One Week From Landing Rosetta and Philae: What science has been learnt fo far; summary of Rosetta's 10 year journey; why study comets; Stephen Ulamec (Head, Philae Lander Consortium, DLR, Cologne) on the Philae landing technique; Larry O'Rourke (Science Operations, ESAC, Spain) on juggling competing science requirements; Jean-Pierre Bibring (Lead Lander Scientist, ISA, Orsay) on the science expectations of the mission; and Patricia Larkin (Space Association of Australia, Melbourne) reads some poems about Rosetta. (Some inserts courtesy ESA)
Listen or download (49 min 24s - 47.4 MB)
November 12 Philae and Rosetta - The Separation A two hour Space Show special live from the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, of the event leading up to the separation of the Philae lander from the Rosetta orbiter. We went on-air at 6:05 pm and concluded at 8:05 pm. During the pauses in the European Space Agency commentary we had: poetry (read by Patricia Larkin); music; description of the lander strategies (Andrea Accomazzo, Flight Director, Rosetta); a sonation of Rosetta magnetometer data; and a documentary from DLR about how Rosetta chased Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Some inserts courtesy ESA and DLR)
Listen or download Part 1 (6 to 7 pm) (53 min 29s - 51.3 MB)
Listen or download Part 2 (7 to 8 pm) (1 h 3 min 48 s - 61.2 MB)
November 19 Philae - The Ecstasy And The Agony Tracing the events of the past week when Philae at first appeared to have made a successful landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko but later it was realised that the spacecraft had bounced twice and eventually ended up in a shadowed spot. It was able to operate most experiments before its batteries ran flat. Also some new music from Vangelis dedicated to Rosetta. (Inserts courtesy ESA)
Listen or download (54 min 55 s - 52.7 MB)
November 27 Philae and the Comet How Philae separated from Rosetta; deciding where to land; the science carried out by Philae; the intended operations of Philae after landing; a poem about Philae; and music by Vangelis. Inluded the voices of Paolo Ferri (Head, Mission Operations, European Space Agency) and Koen Guerts (Technical Manager, Philae Control Centre, DLR, Germany). (Inserts courtesy ESA)
Listen or download (25 min 34 s - 23.3 MB)
November 27 Futura - Soyuz TMA-15M German astronaut Alexander Gerst sums up his mission aboard the International Space Station; Italian astronaut Samantha Christoforetti prepares for her Futura mission; the training of European Space Agency astronauts; and the uses of the scientific investigations being carried out aboard the International Space Station. (Inserts courtesy ESA)
December 3 Philae An explanation of the complexity of the Philae mission to land on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Inserts courtesy ESA)
December 10 Exploration Flight Test 1 Coverge of the first unmanned test flight of the Orion spacecraft. Included discussion with Stewart Gangell (Treasurer, Space Association Of Australia, Melbourne) about his experience in travelling to the Kennedy Space Center to view the Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Also included, courtesy NASA, mission commentary, and interview with astronauts Butch Wilmore and Terry Virts aboard the International Space Station, an explantion of EFT 1 by Kelly Smith (Navigation and Guidance Engineer) and an interview with Bill Gerstenmaiyer (Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.).
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The following were prepared for the programme but were not broadcast. They have been edited to remove gaps in the commentary and repititious material:
* Orion's climb to orbit (8 min 53 s - 8.1 MB)
* Orion's reentry and splashdown (5 min 7 s - 4.7 MB)
* A summary of the mission (0 min 43 s - 0.7 MB)

December 17 Curiosity's New Findings The detection of methane and evidence about the history of Mount Sharp and water flows in Gale Crater.
December 17 Our Milky Way Galaxy Discoveries by the Chandra Xray Observatory and the Hubble Space telescope about our home galaxy.
December 17 SORCE Findings What the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment satellie has revealed about the effect of the sun's variable activity on the Earth's climate system after a decade of observations.
December 24 Space Music Old and new space music for Christmas Eve. Included an update on Rosetta and the hunt for Philae.
* Listen or Download full programme (58 min 38 s - 53.5 MB)
* Listen or Download Rosetta only (10 min 7 s - 9.2 MB)
December 31 Space Music Music for a spacey New Year's Eve.