SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2015

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECTDESCRIPTION
January 7Summer Science FictionScience fiction stories from the 1950's.
Janaury 14Summer Science FictionScience fiction stories from the 1950's.
January 21Summer Science FictionScience fiction stories from the 1950's.
Janaury 28Summer Science FictionScience fiction stories from the 1950's.
February 4Summer Science FictionScience fiction stories from the 1950's
February 11Summer Science FictionScience fiction stories from the 1950's
February 11IXVPreparations to launch the European Space Agency's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle to develop Europe's matery of atmospheric reentry technology. (Courtesy ESA)
February 11ATV 5 ReentryHow a data capsule was placed inside the final Automated Transfer Vehicle to record how it broke up during its destructive reentry into the Earth's atmosphere after undocking from the International Space Station.
February 18Summer Science FictionScience fiction stories from the 1950's.
February 18The Deep Space Climate ObservatoryThe Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) programme's origins as U.S. Vice president Al Gore's Triana proposal. An explanation of the L1 Lagrangian point and the aging Advanced Composition Explorer spacecraft that is currently orbiting L1. Launch commentary for the Falcon 9 rocket lofting DSCOVR.
February 18SMAPThe objectives of the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite, and coverage of its launch.
February 25Summer Science FictionScience fiction stories from the 1950's
March 4Summer Science FictionScience fiction stories from the early 1960's.
March 4VoyagerTo mark the 36th anniversary of Voyager 1's flyby of Jupiter and the 25th anniversary of the fabulous "pale blue dot" image of Earth, a look at the Voyager 1 spacecraft as it heads off through interstellar space. Included comments by Ann Druyan (Co-writer of Cosmos, Don Gurnett (Principal Investigator, Voyager Plasma Wave Investigation, University of Iowa), Ed Stone (Voyager Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology), Suzanne Dodd (Voyager Project Manager, Jet propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena), and music by Bobby Valentine (Musician, Mentone).
March 4Leonard NimoyThe death of the actor marked by tributes by astronauts Mike Fincke and Luca Parmitano and by one of Nimoy's own songs.
March 11Fifty Years of European Space CooperationHow European nations have cooperated in their space activities.
March 11Summer Science FictionScience fiction stories from the early 1960's.
March 18Voskhod 2To mark the 50th anniversary of the first extravehicular activity ("spacewalk") by Alexi Leonov we read some of the contemporary newspaper headlines and reports.
Listen or download (9 min 12 s - 8.4 MB)
March 18Dawn At CeresThe Dawn spacecraft has arrived at the dwarf planet Ceres, and will now spend several months adjusting its orbit so that scientific mapping can begin.
March 18Listening Out For PhilaeThe prospects of hearing from Philae again are examined and Rosetta resumes a listening vigil.
Listen or download (8 min 12 s - 7.5 MB)
March 25The New AstronomyThe developing trends in both ground and space based astronomy to use ever bigger and more capable optical, infrared and radio telescopes. The construction of large telescope mirrors have been made possible by use of multiple mirrors, shape changing mirrors and large antenna arrays. Included features on the European Extremely Large Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope and the Square Kilometre Array.
April 1Voskhod 2Some of the events of the month of 1965 March, the month Alexi Leonov made the first space walk, as told by the newspaper headlines of the day.
Listen or download (5 min 6 s - 4.6 MB)
April 8Towards manned SpaceflightA 1959 conversation between Werner von Braun and Willy Ley about the prospects for manned spaceflight.
* Listen or download (22 min 58 s - 9.8 MB)
* Listen or download full Human Spaceflight programme, with music, von Braun and Fred Haise (59 min 49 s - 54.6 MB)
April 15Rosetta at EGUFrom this morning's session at the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Matthew Taylor (Project Scientist, Rosetta, European Space Agency), Hans-Ulrich Auster (Principal Investigator, Rosetta Lander Magnetometer and Plasma Monitor onboard Philae, Technische Universität, Braunschweig, Germany), Karl-Heinz Glassmeier (Principal Investigator, Rosetta Plasma Consortium Fluxgate Magnetometer, Technische Universität, Braunschweig, Germany) and Stephan Ulamec (Project Managaer, Philae, German Aerospace Centre, Cologne, Germany) discuss the findings of Rosetta and Philae.
Listen or download (28 min 9 s - 25.7 MB)
April 22Rosetta Q&A at EGUFrom last week's session at the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Matthew Taylor (Project Scientist, Rosetta, European Space Agency), Hans-Ulrich Auster (Principal Investigator, Rosetta Lander Magnetometer and Plasma Monitor onboard Philae, Technische Universität, Braunschweig, Germany), Karl-Heinz Glassmeier (Principal Investigator, Rosetta Plasma Consortium Fluxgate Magnetometer, Technische Universität, Braunschweig, Germany) and Stephan Ulamec (Project Managaer, Philae, German Aerospace Centre, Cologne, Germany) respond to questions from reporters about Rosetta and Philae.
Listen or download (21 min 5 s - 19.2 MB)
May 6Hubble Space Telescope DisplayA tour of the Hubble Space Telescope display outside the IMAX cinema at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Listen or download (5 min 56 s - 5.5 MB)
May 13Coldest Place On EarthThe Landsat 8 satellite has found the coldest place on Earth. Scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center report it is near a high ridge between Dome Argus and Dome Fuji on the East Antarctic Plateau. The temperature? Negative 93.2 °C.
May 13Hubble Space Telescope 25th AnniversarySome of the discoeries made by the Hubble Space Telescope over 25 years. (Audio inserts courtesy ESO)
May 20Hubble Space Telescope 25th AnniversaryThe effect of the South Atlantic Anomaly on the Hubble Space Telescope and some more astronomical discoveries made in the past quarter century. (Audio inserts courtesy ESO and Skywatch)
May 27Garden GlowThe serendipitous discovery that the Japanes satellite Ibiki (a.k.a. Gosat) can detect vegetation from space by measuring the fluorescence from chlorophyll, and how the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory, OCO-2, is now using the technique.
June 3Gemini 4Marking the 50th Anniversary of the first extravehicular activity by an United States astronaut. Included Ed White's own decription of his space walk. (Audio inserts courtesy NASA)
Listen or download (39 min 13 s - 35.8 MB)
June17Europa At WoomeraTo mark the 45th anniversary of the final Europa launch at Woomera, a look back at the history of the European Launcher Development Organisation in Australia, from Europa 1 F1 through to Europa 1 F9. Also mentioned Wresat, Black Arrow and the Europa 2 F11 launch from Kourou.
* Listen or download (34 min 8 s - 32.8 MB)
IMAGES
* Europa 1 F1
* Europa 1 F6/1 launch
* STV-1 for Europa 1 F7
* Europa 1 F9 Launch (Colour)
* Europa 1 F9 Launch (B&W)
* Frontispiece for Europa 1 F9 Design Review
* Table of Contents Europa 1 F9 Design Review
* Europa 1 F9 Philatelic Envelope (Golden Wattle)
* Europa 1 F9 Philatelic Envelope (Queen)
June 17Philae Is Awake!The splendid news that the Philae lander has revived and is sending data back to mission control in Germany via the Rosetta orbiter. Tells the story of how Philae woke up and of the continuing search to find Philae's exact location on Comet Gerasimenko-Curyumov.
Listen or download (20 min 32 s - 19.7 MB)
June 24Dwarf Planets, Voyager and New HorizonsIn both word and song, what is a dwarf planet? Also comparing the Voyager 2 and New Horizons spacecraft.
July 8CSIRO - ESA AgreementThe signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the European Space Agency on the use of remote sensing data. (Courtesy ESA)
Listen or download (4 min 11 s - 3.8 MB)
July 8Sentinel 2AThe objectives of the Sentinel 2A satellite. (Courtesy ESA)
Jul15Pluto!The arrival of the new Horizons spacecraft at Pluto. Included Alan Stern (Principal Investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado); Alice Bowman (Mission Operations Manager, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland); John Grunsfeld (Associate Administrator, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.); and a profile of Clyde Tombaugh. (Inserts courtesy NASA and JHU)
July 15Rosetta ScienceSome of the recenly announced scientific findings of the Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Courtesy ESA)
July 15Mariner 4It is fifty years since Mariner 4 flew past Mars. (Courtesy JPL)
July 22Pluto RevealedThe announcement of some of the early findings about Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft. Participants included Alan Stern (Principal Investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado); Hal Weaver (Project Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland); Will Grundy (Coinvestigator, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona); Cathy Olkin (Deputy Project Scientist, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado); and John Spencer (Coinvestigator, Southwest Research Institute). (Inserts courtesy NASA and JHU)
July 29Central Asian Land and Water UseHow satellite technology is being used to help manage land and water resources in countries such as Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The central role of the Aral Sea in the region was discussed.
July 29Sentinel 2The rationale for the Copernicus programme of the European Commission and the European Space Agency. (Courtesy ESA)
July 29Philae Science ResultsA summary of the results of the Philae lander. (Courtesy ESA)
July 29Amazing PlutoSome of the discoveries by the New Horizons mission to Pluto and Charon explained by the project scientists. Included Alan Stern (Principal Investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado), Randy Gladstone (Coinvestigator, Souterst Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas), Fran Bagenal (Coinvestigator, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado), Jeff Moore (Coinvestigator, Ames Research Center, Moffat Field, California) and John Grunsfeld (Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.). Also a song about Pluto.
August 5Pluto and CharonMore of the discoveries made by the New Horizons spacecraft as it passed Pluto and Charon, as explained by the mission sccientists. Included Michael Summers (Coinvestigator, George Mason University, Virginia), Cathy Olkin (Deputy project Scientist, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado), William McKinnon (Coinvestigator, Washington University, St. Louis) and Alan Stern (Principal Investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder Colorado). Also some songs about Pluto, and a description of the chaotic motion of moons Nix and Hydra.
September 2Why Neil?Part Four: A celebration of the life of Neil Armstrong told in song and interview. Music about Neil Armstrong, and interviews with Peter Aylward (President, Space Asscociation of Australia, Melbourne) about Neil Armstrong's last visit to Australia and Buzz Aldrin's forthcoming visit to Melbourne.
* Listen or download full programme (57 min 38 s - 55.3 MB)
* Listen or download Aylward on Armstrong (10 min 3 s - 9.7 MB)
* Photo of Peter Aylward showing an Apollo era pin to Neil Armstrong
* Photo of Neil Armstrong in Sydney one year before his death
* Photo of Peter Aylward and Neil Armstrong
* Photo of Peter Aylward, John Sarkissian and Neil Armstrong
* Listen or download Buzz Aldrin event (10 min 55 s - 10.5 MB)
* Buzz Aldrin Event promotional image
* View local band 19th Century Strongmen's "Neil Armstrong" CD-Cover art
September 9Hot Lava Flows On VenusThe history of mapping lava flows on Venus, mounting evidence that these may be recent and the new finding by the Venus Express spacecraft.
September 9Andreas MogensenA biography of the first Dane in space and a description of his training. The launch of Soyuz TMA-18M. Music by Sarah Brightman, who had been training for this 10 day mission, but withdrew. (Inserts courtesy ESA)
September 9GSAT 6The Indian strategy for satellite communications, and a description of the GSAT 6, which was launched on August 27. (Courtesy ISRO)
September 23Sky MusterWith Australia's first Sky Muster commnications satellite a week away from launch for the National Broadband Network Company, we take a look at the naming of the satellite, basic details of the satellite, a profile of manufacturer Space Systems Loral and its previous work for Optus on the Optus 10 satellite, and comments by NBN Co's Chief Executive Bill Morrow and Satellite Architect Julia Dickinson. Also aboard the Ariane 5 VA 226 launcher will be ARSAT-2, and we comment that whereas Argentina largely built its own satellite, Australia does not have that capability.
Listen or download (18 min 54 s - 17.2 MB)
October 14The Martian MovieA discussion about the movie in the context of other space themed science fiction movies, a review of the film, and comments by people who have applied to live on Mars (Josh Richards, Candidate, Mars One) or who advocate for Exploration of Mars (Guy Murphy, Mars Society Australia and Peter Aylward, Space Association of Australia).
Listen or download (29 min 25 s - 28.3 MB)
October 14Sky Muster LaunchThe launch of the Australian satellite Sky Muster.
Listen or download (20 min 11 s - 19.4 MB)
October 21The Martian MovieA review of the movie and comments by some of the actors.
Listen or download (16 min 34 s - 22.7 MB)
October 21Sky Muster Orbit InjectionThe placement of the Australian Internet satellite Sky Muster into geostationary transfer orbit.
Listen or download (27 min 17 s - 37.4 MB)
October 21Songs From A Tin CanIn a "Space Show 6 pm Special", an exploration of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's new compact disc of songs he recorded aboard the International Space Station.
October 28Australian Space in 2015Ken McCracken (former Director, CSIRO Office of Space Science and Applications, Canberra) speaking in 1989 and 1997 about what Australia could be doing in space in 2015.
Listen or download (9 min 3 s - 8.2 MB)
October 28Cassini Plasma Sounds Part 1Recordings made by the plasma wave detector aboard the Cassini spacecraft, which, until 2017, is in orbit around Saturn.
Listen or download (14 min 59 s - 13.7 MB)
November 4Cassini Plasma Sounds Part 2Cassini at Enceladus and Rosetta at Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Listen or download (9 min 38 s - 9.3 MB)
November 4Fifteen Years of Continuous Occupation of the ISSIt has been fifteen years and three days since there has not been a human in space. Three members of the Space Association of Australia discuss this milestone and other human spaceflight records.
Listen or download (3 min 28 s - 3.3 MB)
November 4The Space Association Draw to Attend Buzz Aldrin's TalksLive to air, three names are drawn from a bowl for free tickets to a talk to be given by Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin.
Listen or download (18 min 37 s - 17.9 MB)
Buzz Aldrin moments before talking to The Space Show in 2010.
November 11Landing on a CometA description of how the Rosetta mission approached Comet Chyryumov-Gerasimenko and Philae landed on the comet one year ago. (Courtesy DLR)
November 18Solar PhysicsThe scientific research into the physics of the Sun by the United States Naval Research Laboratory. (Courtesy NRL)
November 18ECOSTRESSThe scientific rationale behind the ECOsystem Spacebourne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station instrument which is being built at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to study how effectively plants use water.
December 2GraceA description of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites, and what they have found in the dozen years since they were launched.
December 9Monitoring Earth's Environment from SpaceTo mark the Paris climate change conference we look at hoew satellites are monitoring our planet, helping us understand the underlying affects and effects of global change on our climate. Included the use of the Aqua satellite to prepare weather forecasts and improve atmospheric models; European Space Agency satellites helping understand the oceans; the new Sentinel 3A satellite; the persistence of carbon tetrachloride in the atmosphere; NASA's study of clouds; and a detailed history of satellite based scatterometry to measure oceanic wind speeds and the purpose of the new RapidScat instrument aboard the International Space Station.
December 23Star Wars ParodiesA 6 pm one hour Space Show special featuring parodies of Star Wars music to mark the release of the seventh film in the series.
December 23Space MusicMusic for a spacey festive season.
December 30Space MusicMusic to finish the year.