SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2016

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECT DESCRIPTION
January 6 Summer Science Fiction Science fiction stories from the 1950's.
Janaury 13 Summer Science Fiction Science fiction stories from the 1950's.
January 20 Summer Science Fiction Science fiction stories from the 1950's.
January 20 Ocean Surface Topography The launch of Jason 3 and an explanation of how ocean topography has been measured by its predecessors.
Janaury 20 Voyager 1 Into Interstellar Space To mark the 30th anniversary of the Voyager 2 flyby of Uranus, Gary Zank (Department of Space Sciences, Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabamba) discusses how Voyager 1 data compares with computer simulations of the interstellar medium.
Janaury 27 Summer Science Fiction Science fiction stories from the 1950's.
January 27 Contact Lost A commemoration in talk and music of three United States manned spaceflight disasters: Apollo 1 (49 years ago), STS 51-L (30 years ago) and STS 107 (13 years ago). Featured Ed Buckbee (The Real Space Cowboys, Huntsville, Alabama) and the music of Deep Purple, Echo's Children, Michael Longcor, and Public Service Broadcasting.
Listen or download (35 min 5 s - 32.0 MB)
Listen or download Buckbee only (8 min 4 s - 7.5 MB)
February 3 Apollo 14 and The Moon Trees A summary of the third manned lunar landing and the strange story of the Apollo 14 moon trees, to mark the 45th anniversary of this often overlooked mission.
February 10 Apollo 14 and Edgar Mitchell The third manned lunar landing, Alan Shepard's golfing stunt and the death of Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell.
February 10 Voyager Sounds of Saturn To mark the 40th anniversary of Pioneer 10's crossing of the orbit of Saturn (NOTE: orbit, not the planet itself), an explanation of the plasma wave recordings made by Voyager nearly 35 years ago at Saturn.
Listen or download (4 min 17 s - 34.0 MB)
February 17 Gravitational Waves Detected. A two-hour special with details of the discovery of the long predicted gravitational waves. Included the announcement event from the National Science Foundation, as well as interviews with Australians involved, and a look that the European Space Agency's LISA satellites. Also discussed other things predicted by Einstein's general Theory of Relativity, such as gravitational lensing. Participants (affiliations stated as at time of recording, may have changed since):
* David Reitze, Executive Director, LIGO Laboratory, Caltech, California
* Gabriela González, Professor, Louisiana State University
* Brendan McMahon, Musician, "Satellite Gods", Melbourne
* Rainer Weiss, Co-Founder, LIGO, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
* Kip Thorne, Co-Founder, LIOGO, Caltech
* David Blair, Associate Professor, Pysics Department, University of Western Australia
* Rachel Webster, Professor, Astrophysics Group, Melbourne University
* David Southwood, Director of Science, European Space Agency, Paris
* Bryan Gaensler, Professor, Physics Department, University of Sydney
* Bernard Burke, Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
* Jean-Pierre Swings, Chairman, Astronomy and Astrophysics Department, Liege, Belgium
Listen or download (2 hours 3 min 58 s - 113.2 MB)
March 2 Hayabusa 2 The mission of Japan's Hayabusa 2 to sample asteroid Ryugu. (Courtesy JAXA)
March 2 The Mars Detectives What European Space Agency scientists are doing to find traces of life on Mars, and the preparations to launch ExoMars. Included: Olivier Gasnault (ChemCam Coinvestigator, CNRS); Damien Loizeau (Post-doctoral researcher, Université de Lyon); Bruno Dubois (Mechanical Engineer, Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse); Anouck Ody (Post-doctoral researcher, Université de Lyon); Olivier Witasse (Project Scientist, Mars Express, ESA); and Jorge Vago (Project Scientist, ExoMars, ESA). (Courtesy ESA)
March 9 The Navigation Support Office A description of the work done by the European Space Operations Centre in supporting navigation and geolocation services. (Courtesy ESA)
March 9 ExoMars A overview of the ExoMars 2016 and ExoMars 2018 missions.
March 16 Gemini 8 A mention commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Gemini 8 mission.
March 16 Mercury Redstone 2 A belated commemoration of the suborbital Mercury mission that lobbed the chimpanzee "Ham" into space. Included two songs in honour of Ham.
Listen or download (15 min 46 s - 15.1 MB)
March 16 EDRS Ready The laser communications link to be tested as part of the European Data Relay System. The laser is aboard Eutelsat 9B. (Courtesy ESA)
March 16 ExoMars Science The science objectives of the recenly launched ExoMars 2016 mission to Mars.
March 23 Halley's Comet A musical portrayal of Halley's Comet.
Listen or download (6 min 55 s - 6.6 MB)
March 23 Chandra's First Fifteen Years A summary of the discoveries of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. (Courtesy CXC)
March 23 Sounds Of Space Shuttle wake-up calls; Music on the International Sapce Station; musical influences from the stars, pulsars and solar system; the Kronos Quartet; and Cady Coleman.
March 23 Astronomical Sounds How signals from radio telescopes are converted to sounds. Samples included pulsars, nebulae and a comet.
Listen or download (9 min 39 s - 9.3 MB)
March 30 Luna 10 The 50th anniversary of Luna 10, the first satellite placed in orbit around the Moon. Inlcluded the playing of the Internationale from the Moon.
March 30 Bush Fires How bush fires are being detected from the Terra and Aqua satellites.
Listen or download (2 min 53 s - 2.8 MB)
April 6 The Space Show 25th Anniversary This programme included extracts from our first programme on 1991 April 7, as well as three interviews not previously broadcast.
* Listen or download anniversary portion of programme . (10 min 38 s - 10.2 MB)
* Listen or Download entire anniversary show, including extract above and new interview with moonwalker Gene Cernan. (59 min 37 s - 57.2 MB)
* Photo: Gene Cernan and Andrew Rennie at Astor Cinema
* Photo: Gene Cernan at Astor Cinema
April 6 Aerosol Prediction What aerosols are, the role in climate and the role of satellites in measuring atmospheric aerosols.
Listen or download (2 min 53 s - 2.8 MB)
April 13 Yuri Gagarin Marking the 55th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's space flight aboard Vostok 1.
Listen or download (10 min 41 s - 10.3 MB)
April20 YuriGagarin Music and documentary about Yuri Gagarin.
Listen or download (27 min 34 s - 26.5 MB)
April 27 Soyuz Flight European astronauts decribe their experiences flying the Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. (Courtesy ESA)
May 4 Mercury Redstone 3 To mark the 55th anniversary of the United States' first manned spaceflight, a replay of U.S. commentary, a talk by Ed Buckbee (author of the book "The Real Space Cowboys") and some songs about the seven Mercury astronauts.
Listen or download full feature (42 min 34 s - 40.9 MB)
Listen or download Buckbee part 1 (5 min 21 s - 5.0 MB)
Listen or download Buckbee part 3 (9 min 27 s - 8.8 MB)
Listen or download Buckbee part 4 (1 min 45 s - 1.7 MB)
Picture of book cover
May 11 CYGNSS The CYclone Global Navigation Satellite System, which will use eight nanosatellites to allow unprecedented temporal and spatial coverage of the core environment in developing tropical cyclones.
May 18 SOURCE The need to maintain solar irradiance measurements in the period when the SOURCE satellite has passed its design lifetime and the planned late 2017 deployment aboard the International Space Station of the TSIS-1 (Total and Spectral Solar irradiance Sensor) instrument.
May 18 Mars 2 & Mars 3 & Mars One Marking the 45th anniversary of the first spacecraft to land on Mars: a summary of the Mars 2 and Mars 3 missions; the design and pupose of the Maven mission now orbiting Mars; an interiew with Josh Richards, a Melbournian who aspires to live on Mars as part of the Mars One mission; and James Reuther (NASA Deputy Associate Administrator) describing the development of the technologies needed to support future human exploration of Mars.
Listen or download (20 min 11 s - 19.4 MB)
May 18 Last Man On The Moon Draw The draw of tickets to see the movie about Gene Cernan, the Commander of the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission. Also part of our interview with Gene Cernan, and music.
* Listen or download (24 min 11 s - 23.2 MB)
* Listen or download full interview broadcast 2016 April 6 (31 min 51 s - 30.6 MB)
* Photo: Gene Cernan at Astor Cinema
* Photo: Gene Cernan and Andrew Rennie at Astor Cinema
May 25 Kennedy and Buckbee On the 55th anniversary of United States President Kennedy's address to Congress on urgent national needs, we play the part that related to space, and hear from Ed Buckbee, whose life was changed forever by the effects of that speech.
* Listen or download full feature (27 min 22 s - 26.3 MB)
* Listen or download Ed Buckbee part 1 (5 min 23 s - 5.2 MB)
* Listen or download Ed Buckbee part 2 (2 min 0 s - 1.9 MB)
* Listen or download Ed Buckbee part 3 (8 min 27 s - 8.1 MB)
May 25 Apollo 17 To mark the pending visit to St Kilda by former astronaut Gene Cernan, a discussion about Apollo 17. Participants included Gene Cernan (Gemini 9, Apollo 10 and Apollo 17), Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17), Jim Lovell (Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8 and Apollo 13) and Mike Dinn (Tidbinbilla and Honeysuckle Creek).
* Listen or download full feature (17 min 19 s - 16.6 MB)
* Listen or download Mike Dinn (2 min 40 s - 2.6 MB)
* Photo: Gene Cernan at Astor Cinema
May 25 Greenhouse Gas Constellation Part 1 A fleet of satellites is measuring atmospheric greenhouse gases. Additional satellites are under development.
Listen or download (5 min 38 s - 5.4 MB)
June 1 Surveyor 1- Part 1 Marking the 50th anniversary of the Surveyor 1 soft landing on the Moon. Histories of the Luna and Surveyor landers; commentary from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of descent, landing and tranmission of the first pictures; a conversation with Mike Dinn (who was Deputy Station Director of DSS-42 in Tidbinbilla); and noting the 50th Anniversary of Gemini 9 with Gene Cernan, who was at the Astor Cinema yesterday.
* Listen or download full programme (47 min 48 s - 45.9 MB)
* Listen or download Mike Dinn's introductory comments (2 min 49 s - 2.7 MB)
* Listen or download Mike Dinn (10 min 50 s - 10.4 MB)
* Photo of Mike Dinn circa 1968
* The awakening of Surveyor 1 after the 14 day lunar night occurred when one of Mike Dinn's shift leaders, Paddy Johnstone, was on duty. He got the "Prince Charming" award from JPL. Photo of Paddy Johnstone, Hal French (Hughes station operations chief) and Bob Leslie (Station Director - Mike Dinn's boss.)
June 8 Surveyor 1 - Part 2 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the successful Surveyor 1 soft landing on the Moon: a conversation with Mike Dinn (who was Deputy Station Director of DSS-42 in Tidbinbilla); a JPL anniversary feature; and a JPL feature marking the completion of two martian years in Gale Crater by the Curiosity rover.
* Listen or download full feature (24 min 32 s - 23.6 MB)
* Listen or download Mike Dinn (14 min 46 s - 14.2 MB)
June 8 Soyuz 11 Mourning the death of the crew of Soyuz 11, who launched to the Salyut 1 space station 45 years ago; manned spaceflight records; British ESA astronaut Tim Peake nears end of his mission; and music.
Listen or download feature (23 min 12 s - 22.3 MB)
June 15 MAVEN A full programme devoted to the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission. Included: its mission and scientific objectives; use of stellar occultation to measure how Mars' atmosphere changes with altitude; use as a communications relay for other missions; coordination with India's Mars Orbiter Mission; Comet Siding Springs flyby; and some early findings.
June 22 Salyut 5 Marking the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Salyut 5 space station.
June 22 Return To Earth Narrated by Bernard Oattes, Frank de Winne and Paolo Nespoli, a description of the experience of returning to Earth aboard a Soyuz spacecraft. (Courtesy ESA)
June 29 Hubble At 25 A half hour tribute to the achievements of theHubble Space Telescope as told by the astronomers, astronauts, managers and engineers involved over the past quarter century. (Courtesy STScI)
June 29 Ariane 6 Approval by member states of the European Space Agency to proceed with the development of the Ariane 6 rocket. (Courtesy ESA)
July 6 Juno The arrival of the Juno spacecraft into Jovian orbit. Included commentary from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a talk by astronomer Tanya Hill of the Melbourne Planetarium. (Inserts courtesy JPL; talk recorded at Final Frontier Festival, Melbourne University)
* Listen or download full programme (58 min 10 s - 55.8 MB)
* Listen or download Tanya Hill's talk (30 min 21 s - 29.1 MB)
* Listen or download Tanya Hill explaining naming of Juno (1 min 27 s - 1.41 MB)
July 13 Juno, Jupiter, Europa and Saturn The Juno mission to Jupiter. Comments by Christine Francis (Navigation and Control Engineer, Lockheed Martin, Denver, Colorado) and Steve Levin (Juno Project Scientist). Why go to Jupiter featurette. The naming of the Juno mission. Plans to send a mission to explore Jupiter's moon Europa described by John Grunsfeld (Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.) and Curt Niebur (Program Scientist, Europa Mission). Also a look back to 1991 when the Hubble Space Telescope was used to study the white and red spots of Saturn. (All inserts courtesy NASA and JPL)
July 13 Rosetta and LISA Pathfinder As Rosetta nears the September 30 end of its mission to Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a report on its recent findings. Also how the technology to detect gravitational waves has been successfully demonstrated by the LISA Pathfinder satellite. (Courtesy ESA)
July 20 Mercury Redstone 4, Gemini 10, Apollo 11 and Viking 1 The anniversaries come thick and fast this week. We mark the 55th anniversary of Gus Grissom's suborbital spaceflight aboard the Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell 7) capsule, the 40th anniversary of the Viking 1 landing on Mars and two Mike Collins anniversaries - 50 years since Gemini 10 and 48 years since Apollo 11.
Listen or download feature (56 min 1 s - 53.8 MB)
July 27 Apollo 15 Marking the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 15 lunar landing mission. Descriptions of the Appenine landing site, the crew, the lunar roving vehicle, and the firsts to be attempted on the mission. Also an account by Ed Buckbee (Author of The Real Space Cowboys) of his discussions with the astronauts, the reentry of Skylab and contingencies to announce the death of astronauts. Reading by Patricia Larkin of an Al Worden poem. Laurie Anderson's End Of The Moon.
* Listen or download full feature (57 min 28 s - 55.2 MB)
* Listen or download Ed Buckbee Part 7 (5 min 50 s - 5.4 MB)
* Listen or download Ed Buckbee Part 9 (3 min 16 s - 3.0 MB)
August 3 Gherman Titov and Vostok 2 The 55th anniversary of the second manned orbital spaceflight.
Listen or download (8 min 35 s - 8.2 MB)
August 10 Moon To mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Lunar Orbiter 1 a full two hours on lunar surveys from orbit. The first hour played recent Victorian music about the Moon. The second half of the programme covered
* Lunar Orbiter 1
* Lunar Orbiter Data Recovery Project (with Dennis Wingo)
* Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter with comments by:
Doug Cook, Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Directorate, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.
Michael Wordo, Chief Lunar Scientist, Exploration Systems Directorate, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.
Rich Vondrak, Project Scientist, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Goddard Spaceflight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
* Artemis
* Moon Lava
* Apollo 15
August 17 Sun Rings To mark National Science Week, a one hour-long discussion of plasma wave recordings and their use by the Kronos Quartet in their composition Sun Rings. Included an explanation, with example sounds, by Don Gurnett (University of Iowa) of how plasma waves in space were discovered. Tony Riley (musician) related how he and the Kronos Quartet became interested in incorporating the Voyager and other recordings into their work. Brett Sheehy, the artistic director of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, spoke of Kronos' 2011 performance at the Melbourne Recital Hall. The programme ended with the Kronos Quartet playing extracts from Sun Rings.
August 24 OSIRIS-REx Days ahead of the launch of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, a discussion of the formation of asteroid Bennu, an exploration of the instrumentation and the scientific objectives, and an explanation of the Yarkovsky Effect. (Inserts courtesy GSFC, Lockheed Martin and the OSIRIS-REx team)
August 24 Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment The ESA Asteroid Impact Monitoring Mission (AIM) and the NASA Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) to asteroid Didymos. (Inserts courtesy ESA)
September 7 Falcon 9 Explosion An analysis of the reporting of the destruction of the AMOS 6 satellite when a Space-X Falcon 9 exploded on the pad during a fueling operation ahead of a static engine test.
Listen or download (10 min 29 s - 10.1 MB)
September 14 OSIRIS-REx Launch Coverage of the launch of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on a mission to sample astreoid Bennu. Included news of asteroid 2016 RB1's close flyby of Earth.
September 14 Gemini 11 To mark the 50th anniversary of this two-man spaceflight, post mission comments by astronauts Pete Conrad and Richard Gordon describing the rendezvous with the Agena 11 rocket and Gordon's space walk to tether the Agena.
September 21 Rosetta Nears End A description of the planned final two weeks of the Rosetta mission, and a look back over the two years of operation in the vicinity of Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Included comments by Holger Sierks (Principal Investigator, OSIRIS, MPS. Göttingen, Germany) and Jean-Pierre Bibring, Lead Lander Scientist, Institute Astrophysic Spatiale, Orsay, France). Also music inspired by the Rosetta "woodpecker" plasma wave recordings. (Inserts courtesy ESA)
Listen or download (47 min 2 s - 45.2 MB)
September 28 Rosetta End Is Nigh Details of the planned end of the Rosetta mission. Included music and poetry inspired by the mission, a description of what Rosetta has been doing recently during its close flybys of Comet 67P, and an interview with Simon Barraclough (Space Research Engineer, University of New South Wales, Canberra) about his role in designing and building Rosetta.
Listen or download (29 min 27 s - 28.3 MB)
September 28 Planetary Science Update News about the Juno mission's first science pass of Jupiter; tonight's flythough of the volcanic plumes of Enceladus by the Cassini spacecraft; discovery by the Dawn spacecraft of cryovolcanism on Ceres; revised launch date for InSight to Mars; and revised history of water on Mars.
September 28 Gaia Preliminary science results of the Gaia astrometry mission. (Courtesy ESA)
September 28 Cassini Grand Finale - Episode 1 The Eceladus close flyby 19.
October 5 Sky Muster 2 The postponement of the launch of the Australian satellite Sky Muster 2, including comments by Julia Dickinson (Space Systems Architect, NBN Co), Joanna Gibson (Isolated Children's and Parents' Association), Amanda and Gina Clark (Sky Muster users, Queensland). Also description of GSAT 18 by Prakasha Rao (Project Manager, GSAT 18, Indian Space Research Organisation). (Inserts courtesy NBN Co and Arianespace)
Listen or download (16 min 49 s - 16.2 MB)
October 5 Sputnik 1 The story of the development of the first artificial earth satellite, launched 1957 October 4. Also some Sputnik music. (Courtesy Roscosmos)
October 5 Paul Scully-Power Australia's first flown astronaut describes his oceanographic work aboard STS 41G (1984 October 5 to 13).
Listen or download (4 min 12 s - 4.0 MB)
October 5 Rosetta End of Mission A description in sound and music of the end of the Rosetta mission to Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Inserts courtesy ESA)
Listen or download (10 min 32 s - 10.1 MB)
October 12 Sky Muster 2 Launch Description of Australia's Sky Muster 2 satellite. The coundown to launch, liftoff, ascent to orbit, and release of the satellite. A critique of claims made in a press release from NBN Co about its "Blast Your Face Into Space" competition. Post launch speeches by Jean-Baptiste Rousselot (Chief Network and Operation Office, NBN Co, Sydney), Bill Morrow (Managing Director, NBN Co, Sydney) and David Bernstein (Senior Vice President, Program Management, Space Systems Lorel, Palo Alto, California). (Inserts courtesy Arianespace)
Listen or download (44 min 32 s - 42.8 MB)
October 12 Cassini Grand Finale - Episode 2 Enceladus flyby 20 and achievements of the Cassini mission.
October 19 Soyuz MS-02 Launch Live-to-air, the launch from the Bailonur Cosmodrome of the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft with three astronauts bound for the International Space Station. Preceeded by an interview on the Mat and Alana Show with Andrew Rennie.
Listen or download interview (7 min 15 s - 7.0 MB)
Listen or download live broadcast (25 min 40 s - 24.7 MB)
October 19 Shenzhou 11 The launch and docking of the manned Shenzhou 11 with the Tiangong 2 space station. (Inserts courtesy CCTV)
Listen or download (15 min 47 s - 42.8 MB)
October 19 ExoMars 2016 The aims of the Schiaparelli lander and Trace Gas Orbiter, due to arrive at Mars tonight. (Inserts courtesy ESA)
October 26 Klim Churyumov Remebering Ukrainian astronomer and poet Klim Churyumov. (Inserts courtesy ESA)
October 26 ExoMars 2016 - Agony and Ecstacy The arrival of ExoMars 2016 at Mars, relating the loss of Schiaparelli lander and success of the Trace Gas Orbiter. (Inserts courtesy ESA)
October 26 Voyagers 1 and 2 Using Voyager 2 occultation data, possible discovery of two moons at Uranus. Voyager 1 shows interstellar magnetic field is slowly rotating.
November 9 Thomas Pesquet A biography of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet who will test the Australian developed "skin suit" aboard the International Space Station after being launched on the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft. (Courtesy ESA) (Also a rhyme on his name by playing Jiji's 1967 song "La Fusée"!)
November 16 First Poem In Space A reading of the first poem ever sent into space, and the story of how it came to be aboard the TRAAC satellite, which was launched 55 years ago today.
Listen or download (3 min 25 s - 3.3 MB)
November 18 Gemini 12 Marking the 50th anniversary of the final two-man Gemini, Gemini 12, by Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin. The story of the mission, as told by the astronauts themselves, by Andrew Rennie and by music. (Inserts courtesy NASA)
Listen or download (49 min 21 s - 47.4 MB)
November 16 Thomas Pesquet A preview of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet mission to the International Space Station. During the six-month flight he will test the Australian developed "skin suit". (Courtesy ESA)
November 23 Greenhouse Gas Constellation Part 2 A fleet of satellites is measuring atmospheric greenhouse gases. Additional satellites are under development.
Listen or download (2 min 38 s - 2.5 MB)
November 23 Lightning Imaging Sensor An instrument able to image lightning is set to be attached to the International Space Station.
Listen or download (5 min 0 s - 4.8 MB)
November 23 GOES-16 The launch of GOES-R, a new breed of geostationary meteorological satellite. Description of the satellite, its instrumentation, of the benefits of meteorological satellites, a history of weather satellites. and the function of the Geostationary Lightning Mapper. (Inserts courtesy NOAA, NASA, GSFC and LM)
November 23 Insat 3DR A description of the Indian geostationary meteorological satellite which was launched on 2016 September 8. (Courtesy ISRO)
November 23 GSAT 18 A report on the Indian geostationary communications satellite that was launched on the same Ariane 5 rocket as Australia's Sky Muster 2 satellite. (Courtesy ISRO)
November 30 Enos Marking the 55th anniversary of the Mercury Atlas 5 mission which orbited the chimpanzee "Enos", we recount the event in historic recordings and music. Also, the naming of the planned first Americans to orbit the earth.
Listen or download (52 min 17 s - 50.2 MB)
December 7 CYGNSS The pending launch of the eight Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System satellites. A description of the satellites and how they will measure wind speeds in tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes. Data downlink via a ground station near Perth, Western Australia. Included a song by Paul Such about Hurricane Katrina. Comments by: Christopher Ruf (Principal Investigator, Univerisity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan), Thomas Zurbuchen (Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.) and Derek Posselt (Deputy Principal Investigator, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan). (Inserts courtesy University of Michigan and NASA)
December 7 Progress MS-04 The failure of the launch of the Progress MS-04 cargo mission to the International Space Station, and pointing out several errors in the NASA commentary of the event. (Inserts courtesy NASA and Roscosmos)
December 7 Margaret Hamilton The award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Margaret Hamilton for her work in computing, including that for the Apollo programme. (Inserts courtesy the White House)
December 14 CYGNSS The launch of the eight Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System satellites postponed two days. Comments by: Christopher Ruf (Principal Investigator, Univerisity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan), Christine Bonniksen (CYGNSS Program Executive, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.), Damien Provost (Project Manager, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan), Valery Zavorotny (Physicist, Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA), John Scherrer (Project Manager, South-west Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas), Brian McNoldy (Senior Research Associate, University of Miami, Florida), and Scott Gleason (Instrument scientist, South-west Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado). Also further details of the data downlink via the Dongara ground station in Western Australia. (Inserts courtesy University of Michigan and NASA)
December 14 John Glenn A celebration of the life of John Glenn in preflight interview, postflight lecture and four songs. (Inserts courtesy VOA)
Listen or download (33 min 46 s - 32.4 MB)
December 21 Jason 3 Description of the Jason 3 oceanographic satellite and its first year of operations.
December 21 John Glenn A critique of media coverage of the death of John Glenn, and some more songs about his achievements.
December 21 Malaria How data from the Environmental Research and Visualisation Camera aboard the International Space Station and the Landsat 5 satellite are being used in the effort to eradicate malarial disease.
December 21 Rosetta End Of Mission A look back to events in mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, at the end of the Rosetta mission. Also a poem and a song about Rosetta and Philae. (Inserts coutesy ESA)
December 21 CALIPSO An explanation of the computer memory problem on the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Satellite Obseration spacecraft and how it was corrected. Also how CALIPSO is being used to track dust movements from the Sahara across the Atlantic Ocean.
December 28 Vera Rubin and Carrie Fisher In memory of astronomer Vera Rubin and actress Carrie Fisher. Dark matter: when it was proposed; Vera's contribution to its discovery; the ESA Euclid satellite, and a rap "song." A summary of Leia Organa's story in the 1977 "Star Wars" story, as told in drama, music and narration.
Listen or download (31 min 37 s - 30.4 MB)