recorded by Andrew Rennie

February 14 Paul Carter
Melbourne University
A Snapshot Of Australia's First Space Programme. Upper atmosphere research; the International Geophysical Year and its impact; the inaction of the Menzies government; women and radar; Woomera and Peter Morton's Fire Across The Desrt; the end of the Long Tom era; the turf war for control of Australian space activities; revenue considerations meant Australia didn't need to do its own effort; the research at the University of Adelaide in the 1960's and 1970's. (Recorded at Melbourne Final Frontier Festival)
Listen or download (27 min 58 s - 26.9 MB)
February 28 Andrea Boyd
ISS Flight Controller
European Astronaut Centre
Cologne (ex Adelaide)
Space and Australia (Recorded at Lab 14, Carlton)
Listen or download (14 min 19 s - 13.8 MB)
March 7 Lisa Stojanovski
Space Educator
Perth, W.A.
What Is It Really Like To Live In Space? Things you may have wondered about astronauts, and a few things you wish Lisa hadn't mentioned. (Recorded at Melbourne Final Frontier Festival)
* Listen or download (26 min 1 s - 24.5 MB) N.B. The recording has a mains hum due to a fault in the Melbourne University sound system.
* Photo of Lisa
March 21 Adena Silverstein
The role of psychology in space; astronaut selection; how "the right stuff" has changed; windows needed in spacecraft; problems such as boredom and sensory deprivation; noise on the International Space Station; use of psychological questionaires; profiling mood states of individuals and groups; effect of an astronaut's prior experience and culture; supportive factors. (Recorded at Space Association, Elsternwick)
Listen or download (25 min 50 s - 24.8 MB)
March 21 Kerrie Dougherty
Space Historian
former Curator
Powerhouse Museum
Space technology that is used on Earth. (Recorded at Final Frontier Festival, Melbourne University)
Listen or download (4 min 12 s - 4.0 MB)
Photo of Kerrie
April 4 Andre Kuipers
ESA Astronaut
The Netherlands
His experience on two spaceflights to the International Space Station. (Courtesy ESA)
April 18 John Glenn
former astronaut and senator

Buzz Aldrin
Lunar Module Pilot
Apollo 11

Neil Armstrong
Apollo 11

Their thoughts about the past and future of spaceflight as they mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. (Courtesy NASM)
April 25 Christopher Kraft
former Flight Diector
Johnson Space Center
His experiences as a Flight Director during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. (Courtesy NASM)
June 20 Roving Mars Episode 140 A global dust storm has put the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity out of action, and is also affecting the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity. Opportunity's current science objectives. (Inserts courtesy JPL)
June 20 Donald Trump
United States of America
Space Policy Objective 3 on orbital debris; Apollo 11; humans to Mars; and a proposal for a United States Space Force. (Inserts courtesy the White House)
June 27 Upulie Diveskara
PhD Candidate
Monash University
Human verses Robotic Space Activity
Listen or download (2 min 2 s - 2.0 MB)
July 11 Tim Parsons
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Delta-V Space Alliance
Entrepeneurship in Australian space activity.
Listen or download (14 min 9 s - 13.6 MB)
July 11 Alan Stern
Associate Vice President
Space Science and Engineering Division
Southwest Research Institute
The Genesis of the New Horizons Mission: Why New Horizons was tracked from Canberra; the size of Pluto; discovery in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh; difficulty observing Pluto from Earth; reason for sending a spacecraft to Pluto; discoery of Kuiper Belt objects enhanced the case for a Pluto mission; competing proposals for a Pluto mission; New Horizons and Voyager 2 described; and powered by radioisotope thermoelectric generator.
Listen or download (17 min 18 s - 16.6 MB)
July 18 Alan Stern
Associate Vice President
Space Science and Engineering Division
Southwest Research Institute
Journey To Pluto: His childhood interest in space; reason for using the Atlas rocket to launch New Horizons; fastest spacecraft; journey to Pluto via Jupiter; New Horizons team only 50 people; contingency cross-training; why it took 16 months to send the Pluto/Charon encounter data back to Earth.
Listen or download (10 min 42 s - 10.3 MB)
July 25 Alan Stern
Associate Vice President
Space Science and Engineering Division
Southwest Research Institute
Pluto's Moons: New Horizons' approach imagery shows four small satellites of Pluto; why the satellites are bright is not known; origin of the moons; spinning moons; Charon revealed to be very old; ice expansion on freezing causing rifts; origins of colours at the poles; Pluto and Charon compared; and Stern's hope for future missions to Pluto.
Listen or download (10 min 26 s - 10.0 MB)
August 1 Enrico Flamini
Agenzia Spaziale Italiana

Elena Petinelli
Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università degli Studi Roma Tre,

Roberto Orosei
Istituto di Radioastronomia, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica

Subglacial Liquid Water On Mars: From the headquarters of the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana in Rome, the announcement of the apparent finding of liquid water under the south polar ice cap of Mars.
Listen or download (26 min 45 s - 25.7 MB)
August 8 Alan Stern
Associate Vice President
Space Science and Engineering Division
Southwest Research Institute
What Have We Learnt Of Pluto?: False colour and real colour imagery; nitrogen glaciers; mountains of water ice; nitrogen cycle; age of glacier; cellular pattern reveals convection; new and old terrains; snow capped mountains; ice volcanoes; evidence that atmosphere has changed; and rivers.
Listen or download (12 min 24 s - 11.9 MB)
August 24 David Wilson
Research and Development Engineer
Space Science and Astrobiology Division
Ames Research Center
Mountain View
How the finding by the Kepler spacecraft of numerous Earth-like planets is impelling a search for extraterrestrial life.
Listen or download (1 min 11 s - 1.1 MB)