SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2019

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECT DESCRIPTION
January 2 New Horizons At Ultima Thule - Part One All of the action from the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, as the New Horizons spacecraft swept past the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69. Included:
* Mark Holdridge (Mission Manager, New Horizons, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland);
* John Spencer (Deputy Project Scientist, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado);
* Alan Stern (Principal Investigator, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado);
* Helene Winters (Project Manager, New Horizons, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland);
* Craig Werth (Singer/songwriter, New Hampshire); and
* Brian May (Team member, New Horizons, and Musician, UK).
(Inserts courtesy JHUAPL)
Listen or download (55 min 02 s - 52.8 MB)
January 9 New Horizons At Ultima Thule - Part Two The six main zones of our solar system. Action from the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, as the New Horizons spacecraft swept past the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69. Included:
* Hal Weaver (Project Scientist, New Horizons, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland) explanation of why Ultima Thule showed little variation in brightness as New Horizons approached;
* Alan Stern (Principal Investigator, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado) states where new Horizons is;
* Mark Showalter (Co-investigator, New Horizons, SETI Institute) discusses a theory of how Ultima Thule may have formed and gives the null result for satellite searches;
* Lesleie Young (Co-investigator, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado) discusses the iteraction between Ultima Thule and the solar wind, and the search for any atmosphere;
* Silvia Protopapa (Co-investigator, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado) reveals the colour of Ultima Thule;
* Paul Schenk (Co-investigator, New Horizons, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas) interprets the surface features of Ultima Thule;
* Craig Werth (Singer/songwriter, New Hampshire) explains and sings his song;
* Brian May (Team member, New Horizons, and Musician, UK) relates the genesis of his song; and
* Cathy Olkin (Deputy Project Scientist, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado) explains the science ojectives of the flyby.
(Inserts courtesy JHUAPL)
Listen or download (35 min 34 s - 34.1 MB)
January 9 Chang'e 4 Lands On Lunar Farside A potted history of lunar landing firsts; decription of Chang'e 4 and the Yutu 2 rover; reasons why the landing approach was vertical rather than parabolic; the dearth of information since January 4.
Listen or download (17 min 9 s - 16.5 MB)
January 16 Chang'e Missions Details have been released of the Chang'e 4 mision, as well as plans for Cahng'e 5, Chang'e 6, Chang'e 7 and Chang'e 8.
Listen or download (5 min 30 s - 5.3 MB)
January 16 New Horizons At Ultima Thule - Part Three From the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, a discussion of the New Horizons mission to the Kuiper belt object Ultima Thule. Participants included:
* Alex Parker (Co-investigator, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado);
* Gale Rogers (Engineer, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland);
* Kelsi Singer (Coinvestigator, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado);
* Hal Weaver (Project Scientist, New Horizons, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland);
* John Spencer (Deputy Project Scientist, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado); and
* Silvia Protopapa (Coinvestigator, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado).
(Inserts courtesy JHUAPL)
Listen or download (40 min 8 s - 38.5 MB)
January 23 Apollo 8 Celebration From National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. Speakers were: Ellen Stofan (Director, Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.); Jim Bridenstein (Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D.C.); Jim Lovell (former Astronaut); and Richard Attenbourough (Documentary maker, U.K.). Also included a performance of "The Firmament".
January 30 New Horizons At Ultima Thule - Part Four From the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory: The science instruments on the New Horizons spacecraft described by
* Kelsi Singer (Co-investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado) and
* Kirby Runyon (New Horizons Investigations Team, Johns Hopkins University);
and the preliminary findings about Ultima Thule. Participants were:
* Alan Stern (Principal Investigator, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado)- Ultima Thule is a contact binary;
* Cathy Olkin (Deputy Project Scientist, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado) - the shape and other features of Ultima Thule;
* Carly Howett (Co-investigator, New Horizons, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado) - Ultima Thule is red;
* Jeff Moore (Geology and geophysics Lead, NASA Ames, Mountain View, California) - the surface features and how Ultima Thule may have been formed.
(Inserts courtesy JHUAPL)
January 30 OSIRIS-REx The OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid Bennu, and a detailed explanation of the REXIS instrument. (Inserts courtesy GSFC)
January 30 NASA 2018 A review of the achievements of NASA in 2018. (Courtesy NASA)
January 30 Phobos 2 Marking the 30th anniversary of the insertion into orbit around Mars of the Phobos 2 mission to drop a lander on Phobos. Told the story of the ill fated missions of Phobos 1 and Phobos 2.
February 6 STS 107 and the Aussie Spidernauts How eight Golden Orb spiders, bred at Melbourne Zoo, were aboard the ill-fated STS 107 mission as part of an experiment by students at Glen Waverley Secondary College. Also the story of Deep Purple's Contact Lost which came as a result of Kalpana Chawla having taken some of Deep Purple's CDs on the mission.
February 13 Star Formation and Colour How stars form and why do they have different colours. (Courtesy Skywatch)
February 20 Roving Mars Episode 142 From the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, the ceremony to announce the end of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. Speakers included:
* Jim Bridenstine (Administrator, NASA HQ);
* Thomas Zurbuchen (Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA HQ);
* Lori Glaze (Acting Director, Planetary Science Division, NASA HQ);
* Michael Watkins (Director, JPL, Pasadena);
* Steve Squyres (Principal Investigator, MER, Cornell University);
* John Callas (Project Manager, MER, JPL);
* Matt Golombek, Project Scientist, MER);
* Abigail Fraeman (Deputy Project Scientist, MER); and
* Jennifer Trosper (Systems Engineer, Mars 2020, JPL).
(Inserts courtesy JPL)
February 27 Pioneer Lunar Probe & N-1 Rocket To mark the 60th anniversary of Pioneer 4 and the 50th anniversary of the first N-1 rocket launch, a recounting of the history of the Pioneer lunar probes (Pioneer 0 to 4) and the four failed N-1 rocket launches. Included music.
(Inserts courtesy USAF and NASA)
Listen or download (35 min 19 s - 33.9 MB)
March 6 "First Man" Review A discussion between Andrew Rennie and Peter Aylward about the movie "First Man", which was a biography of Neil Armstrong.
Listen or download (17 min 26 s - 16.7 MB)
March 6 DESIS The DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer may have a follow-on, according to Amanda Caples (Lead Scientist, Victorian Government), who also describes Victoria's space aspirations. The work of La Trobe University's Engineering Department is described by Peter Moar (Department of Engineering, La Trobe University, Bundoora). (Inserts recorded at Engineers Australia and Deakin Edge)
Listen or download (15 min 35 s - 15.0 MB)
A DLR image of DESIS on ISS
A DESIS image of Dubai
Two DESIS images of Hunstville, Alabama: optical and vegetation desnsity
Two DESIS water quality images of Hunstville, Alabama: left - suspended matter; right - organic matter