SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2014

INTERVIEWS
by Andrew Rennie

(unless otherwise specified)

BROADCAST
DATE
GUESTTOPIC
January 22Paolo Ferris
Head
Mission Operations
European Space Agency
Highlights of Rosetta mission so far and the function of the European Space Operations Centre. (Courtesy ESA)
January 22Mark McCaughrean
Senior Scientific Advisor
European Space Agency

Matt Taylor
Project Scientist
Rosetta
European Space Agency

Desire to find evidence for the formation of the Solar System and how Rosetta may help address the big questions. (Courtesy ESA)
February 5John Stoke
Manager
Infirmal Science education
Space Telescope Science Institute
Baltimore
Maryland
The Hubble Space Telescope and James Webb Space Telescope. (This 2006 interview was accompanied by an update.)
Listen or download (10 min 56 s - 10.2 MB)
February 12Steve Mardigian
BEST Wrecking (Retired)
California
Fate of the Apollo launch tower at the Kennedy Space Center. Clearing up the wreckage of the World Trade Center buildings in New York. (Interview by P Aylward)
Listen or download (18 min 16 s - 16.7 MB)
February 12Greg Harland
Public Affairs Officer
Kennedy Space Center
Florida
The work of the Kennedy Space Center's Preservation Office.(Interview by P Aylward)
Listen or download Part 1 (10 min 49 s - 9.9 MB)
Listen or download Part 2 (6 min 31 s - 6.0 MB)
Listen or download Part 3 (7 min 25 s - 6.8 MB)
February 19Stewart Gangell
Member
Space Association of Australia
Melbourne
Viewing the launch of Maven from the Kennedy Space Center's Saturn 5 Building, and the tours available from the Visitor's Center.
Listen or download (25 min 22 s - 23.1 MB)
March 5Jim McDivitt
Commander
Apollo 9
Houston
Texas
Plans for the Apollo 9 mission to test the lunar module in Earth orbit. (Courtesy VOA, 1969)
March 12Dave Scott
Command Module Pilot
Apollo 9
Houston
Texas
Plans for the Apollo 9 mission to test the lunar module in Earth orbit. (Courtesy VOA, 1969)
March 12Rusty Schweikart
Lunar Module Pilot
Apollo 9
Houston
Texas
Plans for the Apollo 9 mission to test the lunar module in Earth orbit. (Courtesy VOA, 1969)
March 19Rachel Webster
Professor
Astrophysics Group
Physics Department
University of Melbourne
Melbourne
The detection of gravity waves in the cosmic microwave background radiation lends support to the view that the early universe experienced inflation in its first moments.
Listen or download (15 min 15 s - 13.9 MB)
March 26Australia and the Deep Space Network - Episode 1To 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

April 3Australia and the Deep Space Network - Episode 2To 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 9Australia and the Deep Space Network - Episode 3To 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.

May 21Emily Wilson
Lab Chief
Laser Remote Sensing Laboratory
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt
Maryland
How she measures greenhouse gases. (Courtesy GSFC)
June 4Bob Springer
former NASA Astronaut
Brevard County
Florida
His interest in space, his current role as a motivational speaker and why he became an astronaut.
Listen or download (2 min 50 s - 2.5 MB)
June 11James Rigney
Member
Space Association of Australia
Beaumauris
His experience in attending Spacefest 2014, where he met astronauts, writers, artists, scientists and fellow enthusiasts, listened to panel discussions and took tours of space facilities. Also, his visit to the SpaceX company factory to see Falcon rockets and Dragon spacecraft being assembled.
Listen or download (30 min 21 s - 27.7 MB)
June 18Robert Brand
Director Spacecraft Communications, Navigation and Data
Team Stellar
Sydney
His role in Team Stellar, the team's aim to win the Google Lunar X-Prize by landing and operating a rover on the Moon by the end of 2015, and how it might refute the Moon Hoax hoax.
Listen or download (11 min 55 s - 10.9 MB)
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June 18Willem Bouma
Division of Atmospheric Research
CSIRO
Aspendale
The use of satellites for atmospheric and Earth studies. This helps the Country Fire Authority, fishermen and farmers.
Listen or download (16 min 26 s - 15.0 MB)
July 2Mitchel Lanke
3rd Year Electrical Engineering Student
University of New South Wales
Sydney
The Bluesat project, its management and testing. Balloon test to an altitude of 40 km over Wagga Wagga. His personal involvement and career plans.
Listen or download (10 min 30 s - 9.8 MB)
July 9Tom Prettyman
Planetary Scientist
GRAND Instrument
Dawn Mission
Los Alamos National Laboratory
The Dawn mission to asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres and the role of the Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector. Evidence that pieces off Vesta have fallen to Earth. Also Bode's Law of planetary distances, the definition of a planet and the history of asteroid discovery. (Courtesy LANL)
Sep 24Carl Meade
NASA Astronaut
Houston
Experiences as astronaut, training and flights. Why he chose to be mission specialist rather than pilot. His STS 38 and STS 50 missions, and assignment to STS 64. (Recorded 20 years ago this month in the Library of Melbourne High School)
Listen or Download (13 min 55 s - 12.7 MB)
October 8James Dutton
NASA Astronaut
Houston
Texas
Why he became an astronaut and some of his experiences flying aboard the Space Shuttle. (Courtesy JSC)
October 8John Morgan
Eumetsat
Europe
His career using NOAA satellites, how Europe decided to develop its own meteorological satellites, what they tell us about our planet, cost of the Meteosat satellites and interoperability with other meteorological systems. (Recorded in 1995)
Listen or Download (10 min 5 s - 9.2 MB)
October 15Charlie Duke
former Astronaut
(Apollo 16 moonwalker)
His formative childhood experiences, attraction to aeroplanes, Air Force careeer, Graduate School at MIT, test pilot school, astronaut selection, working with Chuck Yeager, developing the lunar module and Saturn 5 propulsion systems, decision making on Apollo and Shuttle, why he left NASA, role during the early Apollo missions, role as Capcom (capsule communicator) during Apoll 10 and 11, the Apollo 11 landing, and lunar module abort limits.
Listen or Download (33 min 34 s - 30.6 MB)
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October 22Charlie Duke
former Astronaut
(Apollo 16 moonwalker)
How he learnt that he was to fly Apollo 16, the lunar roving vehicle, contingencies for walking without the rover, why the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package could have been out of reach, his role as back-up crew member for Apollo 17, working on the Space Shuttle, his decision to not fly Shuttle, and leaving NASA.
Listen or Download (30 min 43 s - 28.0 MB)
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October 22Robert Brand
Project Thunderstruck
Sydney
Plans for Project Thunderstruck, an atmospheric re-entry test vehicle, to be remotely piloted by his 12 year-old son, Jason, after being dropped from a balloon at an altitude of 40 km. (Interviewed by Peter Aylward)
Listen or Download (8 min 10 s - 7.4 MB)
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October 29Charlie Duke
former Astronaut
(Apollo 16 moonwalker)
What he has done in the 40 years since he left NASA, speaking to scool children in Melbourne, thoughts on the current space programme, why humans should return to the Moon before going on to Mars, and responses to Space Show audience questions.
Listen or Download (27 min 28 s - 25.0 MB)
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December 3Aaron Cohen
Director
Johnson Space Center
Houston
Texas
Preparations for STS 40 Spacelab Life Science mission. Physiological research; planning for humans to Mars; environental conditions in a closed space; role of a space station in Moon exploration; restructuring the design of Space Station Freedom; the JSC Bioreactor; possible Australian involvement in space station instrumentation; curation of the Apollo moon rocks; and possible use of lunar soil helium-3 in fusion reactors.
Listen or Download (18 min 17 s - 17.3 MB)
Dcember 3Robert Brand
Director Spacecraft Communications, Navigation and Data
Team Stellar
Sydney
His role in Team Stellar, the team's aim to win the Google Lunar X-Prize by landing and operating a rover on the Moon by the end of 2015, and how it might refute the Moon Hoax hoax. How the team plans to negotiate the complexities of government regulation and the technical difficulties to be overcome. His personal role ends when the rover touches down on the Moon.
Listen or download (11 min 55 s - 10.9 MB)
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December 10Stewart Gangell
Treasurer
Space Association Of Australia
Melbourne
His experience in travelling to the Kennedy Space Center to view the Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Part of a documentary feature on EFT 1.
Listen or Download (46 min 15 s - 44.4 MB)
December 17Naomi Mathers
Industry Liaison Engineer
ANU Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Mt Stromlo
The Australian National University
Canberra)
The Giant Magellan Telescope, instrument development and testing, student involvement in cubesats, Australian invovement in space, and strategies to engage students, industry and the public.
Listen or Download (9 min 6 s - 8.3 MB)
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