SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2020

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
compiled by Andrew Rennie

BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECT DESCRIPTION
January 1 Anniversary Songs A set of songs to celebrate the space anniversaries of 2019.
Janaury 8 Anniversary Songs A set of songs to celebrate the space anniversaries of 2019.
January 15 Away With the Galahs The Space Show goes off with the galahs to investigate, in song, topics such as flat-earth, fake moon-landings, alien faces on Mars, anti-NASAism, and other whacky concepts. But as you listen, just remember Ira Gershwin's line from Porgy and Bess: "It Ain't Necessarily So."
January 29 Galileo A musical journey with the Galileo spacecraft from launch through to the end of mission at Jupiter.
February 26 Katherine Johnson Marking the death of aerospace technologist Katherine Johnson, one of the human computers who was featured in the movie Hidden Figures.
February 26 Second Man The story of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to step onto the Moon.
March 11 Perseverance The theme joining the items was perseverance. The naming of the Mars 2020 rover as "Perseverance"; the perseverance of our news team in preparing their weekly report; the perseverance of the Australis Oscar 5 team in building their satellite; the perseverance of Victoria's Lead Scientist in advocating this state's involvement in the space industry; the perseverance of Anthony Murfett, the Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency in getting the nascent agency on its feet; and the perseverance of the InSight Mars lander team, as exemplified by Australian engineer Mark Fittock, in first building the craft and now trying to persuade the recalcitrant 'mole' to dig.
Listen or download (39 min 4 s - 37.5 MB) N.B. Some programme elements and photographs available separately on the Spaceshow 2020 Lecture and Spaceshow 2020 Interview pages.
Listen or download Rover naming only (11 min 46 s - 11.3 MB)
March 25 Al Worden Tribute Remembering Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden in words by Tina Stagg and song.
Listen or download (8 min 24 s - 8.1 MB)
April 8 Apollo 13 Marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, told in capcoms, recording of VOA shortwave radio, music and poetry.
Listen or download with poetry and songs redacted from the 40 minute feature. (11 min 2 s - 10.6 MB)
April 22 Dongfanghong 1 Marking the 50th anniversary of the launch of China's first satellite by playing a recording from Radio Peking announcing the launch and playing some of the music broadcast by the satellite.
Listen or download (10 min 6 s - 9.7 MB)
April 29 Apollo 13 in Popular Culture Some examples of how Apollo 13 has been expressed in song and poetry.
April 29 Earth Day 2020 Marking this year's Earth Day. (Insert courtesy ESA)
May 6 Hubble at 30 - Part 1 Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Included Fred Watson's explantion of why stars twinkle; Fred Whipple's 1959 discussion of the future of space telescopes; the naming of the telescope; a biography of Edwin Hubble; comments by the crew of STS 31 about launching Hubble; and some music and poetry.
Listen or download (33 min 43 s - 32.4 MB)
May 13 XZF Spacecraft and Sky News Australia Setting out the facts about the Chinese spacecraft XZF-SC compared to how it was reported on Sky News Australia.
Listen or download (12 min 20 s - 11.8 MB)
May 13 Hubble at 30 - Part 2 Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Included some contemporary reports of how the telescope was repaired, some early findings, a poem, a song and the prospects for the future of the telescope.
Listen or download (27 min 7 s - 26.0 MB)
May 20 Hubble at 30 - Part 3 Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Included a contemporary report of early findings, a poem, a song and a summary of Hubble doscoveries.
Listen or download (28 min 25 s - 27.3 MB)
May 27 Behnkin and Hurley An interview with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley. (Inserts courtesy NASA)
May 27 Hubble at 30 - Part 4 Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Included NASA Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen's announcement of the naming of the WFIRST after Nancy Roman, the science goals of the James Webb Space Telescope and the Roman Space Telescope, how a coronograph works, and the first part of an interview with Nancy Roman. (Inserts courtesy NASA and GSFC)
Listen or download (18 min 26 s - 17.7 MB)
June 3 Hubble at 30 - Part 5 An interview with Nancy Roman, the 'mother' of the Hubble Space Telescope. (Inserts courtesy GSFC)
Listen or download (28 min 58 s - 27.8 MB)
June 10 Hubble at 30 - Part 6 The cultural aspects of the Hubble Space Telescope, as evident in song and poetry.
Listen or download (25 min 24 s - 24.4 MB)
June 17 Rocket Lab launches Australia's M2 Pathfinder Satellite Description of the payloads on the Electron rocket; the aborted countdown on June 11; a listen back to the early history of Rocketlab - the Ātea 1 and Peter Beck's experiments; Russell Boyce (Director, UNSW Canberra Space, Canberra) describes the M2 Pathfinder; the launch commentary; and the orbital parameters classified. (Inserts coutesy Rocket Lab and RNZ)
* Listen or download (36 min 43 s - 35.3 MB)
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June 24 Hubble at 30 - Part 7 The cultural aspects of the Hubble Space Telescope, as evident in song, drama and poetry.
Listen or download (32 min 58 s - 31.6 MB)
July 1 Defence Strategic Update 2020 Spending over the next decade on Australian Defence Force space will be seven billion dollars, with up to an extra $6.4 billion over the following decade.
Listen or download (3 min 57 s - 3.8 MB)