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
March 20 Heading To Mars The trajectory of human aspirations to travel to Mars, in the voices of: Wernher von Braun, President Bush, Jason Crusan, Jim Bridenstein and Ian Whitchurch.
Listen or download (37 min 10 s - 35.7 MB)
April 3 Federal Budget 2019 An analysis of the Australian Federal Government Budgetof 2019, pointing out the space and astronomy provisions: The Space Infrastructure Fund; International Space Investment; Space Discovery Centre Adelaide; Mission Control Centre Adelaide; Aerospace Institute Western Sydney; Liability contingency; European Southern Observatory; Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope; and Australia Telescope National Facility.
April 10 Mercury Seven Marking the 60th anniversary of the announcement of the seven Project Mercury astronauts, parts of the announcement press conference, some comedy from Bill Dana, and a brief summary of what happened to the Seven.
Listen or download (18 min 39 s - 17.9 MB)
April 10 India's Anti-satellite Test - Part One The launch of the Microsat-R satellite and its destruction by a missile in "Mission Shakti". Included ISRO commentary of the launch of Microsat-R, comments by Dr. K. Sivan (Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation), analysis by Tom Johnson (Vice President, Engineering, Analytical Graphics Incorporated, Canberra), remarks by Jim Bridenstein (Administrator, NASA, Washington D.C.) and a commentary by World Is One News. (Inserts courtesy ISRO, NASA, WION and AGI. Part recorded at Space Industry Association of Australia, Melbourne Convention Centre)
Listen or download (22 min 48 s - 29.1 MB)
April 17 India's Anti-satellite Test - Part Two The destruction of the Microsat-R satellite and its consequences. Included a commentary by World Is One News, an analysis of the debris from this event and from the USA 193 and Fengyun 1C anti-satellite events. Australian contribution to space situational awareness outlined by Mark Skidmore (Air Vice Marshal, Royal Australian Air Force Active Reserve) and Craig Smith (Chief Executive Officer, EOS Space Systems, Canberra). Planned transfer of the DoD space catalogue to the U.S. Commerce Department announced by Wilbur Ross (Commerce Secretary). (Inserts courtesy NASA, WION and USSC. Parts recorded at Space Industry Association of Australia, Melbourne Convention Centre)
Listen or download (25 min 59 s - 25.0 MB)
April 17 Owen Garriot Marking the death of scientist-astronaut Owen Garriot.
May 1 GEDI and OCO The third Orbiting Carbon Observatory due to be launched for placement aboard the International Space Station, whilst the Global Ecosysytem Dynamics Investigation has begun its science observations.
Listen or download (7 min 53 s - 7.6 MB)
May 1 Australia Emerges From The Backwaters Of Space In the 1960's Australia did not take up U.S. President Kennedy's challenge, but slipped into the backwaters of the human endeavours in space. Now politicians are discovering the space is not boring. Karen Andrews (Minister, Industry, Science and Technology, Australian Federal Government, Canberra) and Anthony Murfett (Deputy Head, Australian Space Agency, Adelaide) give their views on Australian space activities and the role of the new Australian Space Agency.
* Listen or download full feature (33 min 1 s - 31.7 MB)
* Listen or download Andrews only (2 min 19 s - 2.2 MB)
* Listen or download Murfett only (20 min 57 s - 20.1 MB)
May 8 Black Holes and Quasars What a quasar is; how the radio images of the event horizon shadow of the supermassive black hole in the galaxy M87 were made; and music about black holes. (Inserts courtesy NASA and ESO)
May 29 Able and Baker The story of the monkeys Able and Baker, who on 1959 May 28, were rocketed from Cape Canaveral to an altitude of 576 km and a downrange distance of 2700 km aboard a Jupiter Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile. The ultimate fate of the pair told in song and in words.
Listen or download (8 min 1 s - 7.7 MB)
May 29 New Horizons Science Results at Ultima Thule The first science findings at Kuiper belt object "Ultima Thule" have been published in the journal Science.
July 3 STP-2 Mission The payloads on the STP-2 Mission, launched by the third Falcon Heavy mission. Included a mention of the six Cosmic satellites with which Australia is involved. (Audio courtesy Space-X)
Listen or download (15 min 45 s - 15.1 MB)
July 3 ACRUX-1 The launch of the Melbourne University student built satellite, ACRUX 1. (Audio courtesy Rocket Lab)
Listen or download (5 min 47 s - 5.6 MB)
July 10 Skylab Has Fallen Marking the 40th anniversary of the decay of Skylab, an account in words and music.
July 10 Voyager 2 At Jupiter A short feature on the flyby of Jupiter by the Voyager 2 spacecraft.