SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2020

FEATURES
compiled/written by Andrew Rennie

(Unless otherwise noted)
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 22 Peter Hammer & Richard Tonkin
Members
Team Australis Oscar 5
ex Melbourne University
A discussion to mark the 50th anniversary to the launch of the amateur radio satellite Australis Oscar 5. This satellite was built by students at Melbourne University, and, although no longer functional, is still in orbit.
Listen or download (52 min 3 s - 50.0 MB)
Richard Tonkin photo (courtesy Melbourne University)
Peter Hammer photo (courtesy Melbourne University)
January 29 Galileo A musical journey with the Galileo spacecraft from launch through to the end of mission at Jupiter.
February 5 Kerrie Dougherty, OAM
Space Historian
former Curator
Powerhouse Musuem
Ultimo
Sydney
Earth-based Applications of Space Technology. Space food, freeze drying, irradiation, thermo stabilising, water purification, shock absorbers under buildings, fireproof coatings, micro pixel sensors in cameras, sports shoes, computer software, management systems and lots more. (Recorded at Melbourne Final Frontier Festival)
Listen or download (8 min 1 s - 7.7 MB)
Listen or download introduction about Kerrie's OAM (2 min 25 s - 2.3 MB)
February 5 Michael Neufeld
Historian
Takoma Park
Maryland
A talk about the life and times of Wernher von Braun, based on the book Von Braun : Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War" ISBN 978-0-307-38937-4. Part One: The German Years. (Courtesy NASM)
February 12 Michael Neufeld
Historian
Takoma Park
Maryland
A talk about the life and times of Wernher von Braun, based on the book Von Braun : Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War" ISBN 978-0-307-38937-4. Part Two: The American Years. (Courtesy NASM)
February 19 Australian Space Agency Opening The opening this morning of the Adelaide headquarters of the Australian Space Agency. Remarks by Stephen Marshall (Premier, South Australia), Scott Morrison (Prime Minister, Australia), Karen Andrews (Minister for Space and other things) and Megan Clark (Head, Australian Space Agency). Also, from a 2017 meeting of the Space Association of Australia, Tim Parsons (Co-founder, X-Lab) on how to achieve a paradyne shift in politics.
Listen or download (18 min 26 s - 17.7 MB)
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 4 Australis Oscar 5 Celebration The 50th anniversary celebration of the launch of Australia's first built, second launched, satellite, Australis Oscar 5. Included Professor Mark Cassidy (Dean of Engineering, Melbourne University), Owen Mace (Team leader, Australis Oscar 5), Richard Tonkin (Team Member, Australis Oscar 5) and Nick Crotty (Collections Manager, Scienceworks Museum, Spotswood). (Recorded at Melbourne University)
Listen or download full programme (35 min 6 s - 33.7 MB)
Photo: Australis Oscar 5 Team (courtesy Melbourne University)
Photo: Mark Cassidy (courtesy Melbourne University)
Photo: Mark Cassidy (courtesy Melbourne University)
Listen or download Owen Mace only (15 min 10 s - 14.6 MB)
Photo: Owen Mace At Lecturn (courtesy Melbourne University)
Photo: Owen Mace During Talk (courtesy Melbourne University)
Photo: Owen Mace chatting at reception (courtesy Melbourne University)
Listen or download Nick Crotty only (2 min 15 s - 2.2 MB)
Photo: Nick Crotty explains engineering model with recent model further away (courtesy Melbourne University)
Photo: Nick Crotty (with curatorial gloves), engineering model in foreground and recent copy in background (courtesy Melbourne University)
Listen or download description of book (3 min 40 s - 3.5 MB)
Photo: Richard Tonkin announces book (courtesy Melbourne University)
Photo: "Australis Oscar 5" book cover
Link to publisher's website
March 4 Nick Crotty
Collection Manager
Scienceworks Museum
Spotswood
The engineering test model of the Australis Oscar 5 satellite.
Listen or download Nick Crotty only (2 min 15 s - 2.2 MB)
Nick Crotty photo (courtesy Melbourne University)
Nick Crotty (blue shirt) and engineering models photo (courtesy Melbourne University)
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 below.
Listen or download Rover naming only (11 min 46 s - 11.3 MB)
March 11 Australis Oscar 5 Celebration Speeches The speeches by Amanda Caples (Lead Scientist, Victoria) and Anthony Murfett (Deputy Head, Australian Space Agency) at the 50th anniversary of the launch of theAustralis Oscar 5 satellite.
Listen or download all (21 min 14 s - 20.4 MB)
Listen or download Amanda Caples only (7 min 14 s - 7.0 MB)
Photo: Amanda Caples speaking (courtesy Melbourne University)
Photo: Amanda Caples at function (courtesy Melbourne University)
Listen or download Anthony Murfett only (8 min 30 s - 8.2 MB)
Photo: Anthony Murfett (courtesy Melbourne University)
March 11 Anthony Murfett
Deputy Head
Australian Space Agency
Adelaide
Victoria and the Space Agency.
Listen or download (3 min 4 s - 2.9 MB)
Anthony Murfett photo (courtesy Melbourne University)
March 11 Mark Fittock
Project Manager & Systems Engineer
Exploration and Science Missions
OHP
Bremen
Germany
An Australian engineer's experience working on the development of the InSight Mars lander's 'Mole' instrument.
Listen or download (6 min 9 s - 5.9 MB)
March 18 Terry Clark
Operations Manager
Invite A Drone
Broadview
South Australia
From the time he saw a V1 buzz bomb at age 7 through to his photgraphy work with the Space Industry Association of Australia, Terry tells a ripping tale of: radar; guided missiles; Firestreak; the Gloster Javelin; the flying beadstead; Blue Steel; inertial navigation; setting H-bomb explosions; the Concorde black box; Woomera; Gemini and Lunar Orbiter; the Jindavick; Wresat; the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Programme; the death of Neil Armstrong; and Martin Baker's grandson. Interspersed by the sound of the F-35 and FA-18 doing their aerobatics at the Avalon Airshow.
Listen or download Part One (15 min 58 s - 15.3 MB)
Listen or download Part Two (10 min 46 s - 10.3 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)
March 25 Russell Boyce
Director
UNSW Canberra Space
Canberra
The M2 Pathfinder satellite and the Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission.
Listen or download (14 min 2 s - 13.5 MB)
March 25 Communications needs of the Australian Defence Sector A panel discussion led by David Ball (Chief Executive Officer, Space Environment Research Centre). Speakers included Ashley Neale (Speedcast Communications), Col Cooper (Viasat Australia), Nick Leake (Optus Networks), Glen Tindall (SES Satellites), Thomas Pfister (Airbus Defence and Space) and Michael de la Chapelle (Boeing Defence Space and Security). (Recorded at Space Industry Association of Australia, Melbourne)
Listen or download (9 min 33 s - 9.2 MB)
April 1 Aussie Movers And Shakers Audio 'selfies' by some of the leaders of the Australian space industry. Included Rick Bailey (Manager, Geoflex), Jackie Carpenter (Director, One Giant Leap), Michael de la Chapelle (Senior Technical Fellow, Boeing Defence Space and Secirity), Michael Clark (Director, Technical Strategy, Thales Australia), Shawn Cochran (Senior Manager, Raytheon Space Systems), Col Cooper (General Manager, Government and Defence, Viasat Australia), Rob Corey (Chief Executive Officer, Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd), George Dyke (Consultant, Symbios Communications Australia), Andy Koronios (Professor, Information Systems, University of South Australia), Nick Leake (Head, Satellite Networks, Optus), Anna Moore (Director, Institute for Space), and Ashley Neale (Vice president, Strategic Business Development, Speedcast Communications.) (Recorded at Space Industry Association of Australia, Melbourne)
Listen or download (27 min 47 s - 26.7 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)
Not Broadcast Mike Dinn
former space tracker
Honeysuckle Creek & Tidbinbilla
Tracking Apollo 13 and its Saturn 4B. (Recorded at Space Association of Australia.)
N.B. The recording is not up to broadcast standard, has not been edited, but will reward the attentive and patient listener.
Listen or download (9 min 49 s - 9.4 MB)
April 15 Fred Haise
Apollo 13 Astronaut and Space Shuttle Test Pilot
Missisippi
Fred chats about his Apollo 13 experience, the causes of the explosion, his view of the Moon, the return to Earth, his work on the Space Shuttle design, test flying the Enterprise, the INFINITY Science Center, and coping with the COVID-19 lockdown. (Interviewer: Peter Aylward)
Listen or download (33 min 29 s - 32.1 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 22 Joe Kerwin
Apollo 13 Capsule Communicator & NASA Representative to Australia
Joe joins a Space Association of Australia discussion and relates his role as Capsule Communicator during the Apollo 13 mission. Also has praise for the Australian space trackers. (Recorded at Space Association of Australia)
Listen or download (22 min 37 s - 21.7 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)
April 29 Bruce Window
former Space Tracker
Island Lagoon & Tidbinbilla
How, during the Apollo 13 emergency, he was rushed from Canberra to Parkes to reconfigure the radio telescope to relay signals from Apollo 13 to Mission Control. (Recorded at Space Association of Australia.)
Listen or download (12 min 58 s - 12.5 MB)
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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* View image Russell Boyce
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)
July 1 Susan Scott
Professor
Research School of Physics
Australian National University
Canberra
Mysterious object swallowed by a black hole, and the gravitational waves thus generated.
Listen or download (12 min 27 s - 12.0 MB)
July 1 Debatri Chattopadhyay
Swinburne University

Lucy Strong
Melbourne University

Hannah Middleton
Melbourne University

Compered by Jackie Bondell, a panel discussion about the work of OzGrav, the centre for Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery. Short gamma ray bursts; neutron stars; binary black holes; gravitational waves; practical applications. (Recorded at Scienceworks, Spotswood)
Listen or download (23 min 35 s - 22.7 MB)
July 8 Steve Gower
Chief Executive Officer
CRC for Space Environment Management
Mount Stromlo Observatory
Weston Creek
ACT
News report of the loss of the 13th Electron rocket and its payloads, one of which was Faraday 1. Then a chat with Steve about his team's payload on the Faraday 1 satellite; its function and pupose; the aims of the Space Environment Research Centre; the failed M1 Pathfinder satellite; laser ranging and tracking of satellites; the prospects of mitigating the risks of satellite collisions; the feasibility of using lasers to nudge satellites to cause them to decay from orbit; and future efforts to use a Japanese satellite in-lieu of the Faraday 1 experiment.
Listen or download (25 min 39 s - 24.6 MB)
July 15 Asian Mars Missions The UAE's Hope and China's Tianwen 1 missions to Mars due to be launched. Also, details of the Long March 5 rocket. (Inserts courtesy Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, Arab News, CNA, GCTN, CCTV)
Listen or download (38 min 31 s - 37.0 MB)
July 15 STS 71 Digital Camera - 25th Anniversary The first Shuttle-Mir mission marked the first use a Kodak Colour digital camera in space.
Listen or download (7 min 15 s - 7.0 MB)
July 15 Scott Dewar
Director
Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation
Canberra
Delivering Defence A New Perspective On Space with Project 799. (Recorded at Space Industry Association of Australia, Southbank)
Listen or download (10 min 45 s - 10.3 MB)
July 22 Asian Mars Missions Underway The launch of the UAE's Hope and preparations for tomorrow afternoon's launch of China's Tianwen 1 missions to Mars. (Inserts courtesy Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, GCTN)
July 22 Tony Lindsay
Director
Lockheed Martin STELaRLabs

Tom Johnson
Vice President Engineering
Analytical Graphics Incorporated

Greg Cohen
Associate Professor
University of Western Sydney

Graig Smith
Chief Executive Officer
EOS Space Systems

Steven Henry
Wing Commander / Deputy Director
Surveillance of Space
Royal Australian Air Force

James Palmer
Chief Executive Officer
Silentium Defence

Space Situational Awareness & Space Traffic Management panel discussion. An Australian industry perspective. Essentially space situational awareness is knowing what is orbiting the Earth, and where it is, and space traffic management is making sure your satellite does not collide with someone else's. (Recorded Space Industry Asscociation of Australia, Southbank)
Listen or download (32 min 11 s - 30.9 MB)
July 29 Aria, A.R.I.A. and Apollo 13 The difference between a musical aria and the Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft. The Apollo 13 atmospheric reentry. Stan Anderson, former Facilities Manager for ARIA recounts his experiences and explains how the Apollo tracking network supported the lunar missions. The story of Apollo 13 told in parody and song. (Inserts courtesy VOA, JSC. Talk recorded at Sandringham College)
* Listen or download full programme (54 min 59 s - 52.8 MB)
* Listen or download Stan Anderson's talk only/a> (26 min 27 s - 25.4 MB)
July 29 Stan Anderson
former Facilities Manager
A.R.I.A
The Apollo tracking network of ground, ship and aircraft to support the lunar missions. A detailed description of the Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft and how they operated. (Recorded at Sandringham College)
Listen or download (26 min 27 s - 25.4 MB)
August 5 Happy Returns Part One The return of the Demo 2 Endeavour spacecraft from the International Space Station.
August 5 Happy Returns Part Two Marking the 60th anniversary of the first recovery of an object from orbit, a recounting of the Corona story, the loss of Discoverer 2, the comedy of errors surrounding the retrieval of the Discoverer 13 capsule, the following Discoverer 14 and its impact on photoreconnaissance from space. (Inserts courtesy NRO and Lockheed)
Listen or download (41 min 37 s - 40.0 MB)
August 12 The Sun, NASA and ESA's Solar Orbiter From our archive NASA solar research and then the discovery this year of 'campfires' on the solar surface by the Solar Orbiter. (Inserts courtesy NASA and ESA)
August 12 Hubble at 30 - Part 8 Series final, further exploring the cultural aspects of the Hubble Space Telescope, as evident in song, drama and poetry.
Listen or download (32 min 32 s - 31.2 MB)
August 19 A Woke Tale The dropping of the nickname "Eskimo", the 'discovery' of Ophiuchus and the "Mighty Quinn."
Listen or download (22 min 22 s - 21.5 MB)
August 19 ESA Missions A summary of some of the past and present projects undertaken by the European Space Agency. (Inserts courtesy ESA)
August 26 Rosetta & Philae The story of Philae, first lost then found on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Some of the scientific findings by the Rosetta mission. (Inserts courtsy ESA)
September 2 Mark Fittock
Spaceflight Hardware Expert Engineer
InSight HP3
DLR
later OHP
Bremen
His job description; the aim of the InSight Mars lander mission; the seismometer and its objectives; the HP3 instrument. (Recorded Engineers Australia, Melbourne, 2019 February 7)
Listen or download (14 min 7 s - 13.6 MB)
September 2 David Willson
Research and Development Engineer
Space Science and Astrobiology Division
Ames Research Center
Mountain View
California
SpaceX Red Dragon. Collaboration between SpaceX and NASA; landing spacraft on Mars; subsurface ice at Viking 2 site; natural exchange of material between Mars and Earth; options for sample returns from Mars; planetary prtection; Falcon Heavy and Dragon 2; sample collection, recovery options and funding contracts; Mars One; international missions. N.B. Red Dragon was cancelled in 2017 July. (Recorded Mars Society Australia and Space Association of Australia, Melbourne, 2016)
Listen or download (25 min 52 s - 24.8 MB)
September 9 Earth 1 To start of our Earth series, a description of the Jason 3, SWOT, Sentinel 3A, Sentinel 3B and 3B satellites, with the theme of ocean topography. Also Earth Observations From Space, in which Peter May (Head Of Research, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne) describes the Bureau's legislated responsibilies; improving forecasts; numerical modelling and the inputs; the Himawari satellite; ionospheric effects; northern verses southern hemisphere accuracy; reseach and applications; and partnerships. (Insert recorded at 16th Australian Space Research Conference, Story Hall, RMIT University, Melbourne)
Listen or download (34 min 43 s - 33.3 MB)
September 9 Peter May
Head Of Research
Bureau of Meteorology
Melbourne
Earth Observations From Space. The Bureau's legislated responsibilies; improving forecasts; numerical modelling and the inputs; the Himawari satellite; ionospheric effects; northern verses southern hemisphere accuracy; reseach and applications; and partnerships. (Recorded at 16th Australian Space Research Conference, Story Hall, RMIT University, Melbourne)
Listen or download (19 min 13 s - 18.51 MB)
September 9 Isobel Romero-Shaw
Ozgrav
Monash University
Clayton
How, on 2019 May 21, the LIGO team detected the collision of a 66 and a 85 solar mass black hole to form one of 142 solar mass. Types of black hole, and how gravitational waves are detected. Why this merger has posed a scientific puzzle.
Listen or download (15 min 20 s - 14.7 MB)
September 16 Earth 2 As part of our Earth series, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gives a description of the Earth as he saw it from space. The Calipso, Tempo, Sentinel 4 and SAC-D satellites are described. Also Earth Observation - An Industry Perspective, a panel discussion recorded at the Space Industry Asscociation of Australia, Southbank.
Listen or download (49 min 35 s - 47.6 MB)
September 16 Adam Lewis
Head of National Earth and Marine Observations
Geoscience Australia

George Dyke
Consultant
Symbios Communications Australia
Sydney

Sahaun Cochran
Senior Manager
Raytheon Space Systems
Denver
Colorado

Michael Clark
Director
Technical Strategy
Thales Australia

Rick Bailey
Manager
Geoflex

Rob Corey
Chief Executive Officer
Geospatial Intelligence Pty. Ltd.

Earth Observation - An Industry Perspective. The roles of industry and government; agile methodologies; educating government about industry capability; what Australia can learn from overseas experience; freely shared weather data; who ultimately pays for Earth observation data; the skills needed to meet the sector growth; the need for new artificial intelligence techniques; and what contribution Australian should make. (Recorded Space Industry Asscociation of Australia, Southbank)
Listen or download (28 min 26 s - 27.3 MB)
September 23 "Spacefarers" Book Reviews by Peter Aylward (President, Space Association of Australia) and Andrew Rennie (The Space Show) of Christopher Wanjek's book "Spacefarers", published in 2020 by Harvard University Press. Also details of the 2020 September on-line meeting of the Space Association, at which Wanjek will give a presentation.
* Listen or download (32 min 18 s - 31.0 MB)
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September 23 Southern Launch at Koonibba Coverage of the twin firings of Dart rockets in South Australia. (Audio inserts courtesy Southern Launch)
Listen or download (12 min 10 s - 11.8 MB)
September 23 Earth 3 As part of our Earth series, a description of the 'Plankton, Aerosols, Clouds and ocean Ecosystems' (PACE) satellite. Also an item by Fred Watson. (Inserts coutesy GSFC)
Listen or download (11 min 54 s - 11.4 MB)
September 30 Christopher Wanjek
Writer
Baltimore
The book Spacefarers; space tourism; getting off Earth; metallic hydrogen fuel; space elevators, sky hooks and orbital rings; growing our presence in space; ISS and Biggelow; political interference detrimental to progress; Antarctica as a model for lunar bases; polar verses equatorial lunar bases; lunar ice; the future of the ISS; lunar resource use; mining and space treaties; hazards on the Moon; where to live on the Moon; lunar hotels; impracticality of lunar cities; view of Earth from Moon. Also book offer (now expired) and music. N.B. The connection with Wankek was via Zoom, and there are occassional patches of poor audio. (Recorded Space Asscociation of Australia.)
* Listen or download (56 min 42 s - 54.4 MB)
* View image of book cover
October 7 Nobel Prize Committee
Swedish Academy of Sciences
Stockholm
Sweden
The announcement that Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries about black holes. (Courtesy Nobel Prize Committee)
October 7 Federal Budget 2020 Treasurer Josh Frydenberg dilivers the Budget, followed by an analysis of the space aspects of this year's Budget.
Listen or download (7 min 9 s - 6.9 MB)
October 7 Hayabusa 2 Plans Plans for the return of the samples of asteroid Ryugu to Woomera on December 6, and the extended mission of Hayabusa 2 to asteroids 2001 CC21 and 1998 KY26.
Listen or download (8 min 26 s - 8.1 MB)
October 7 Cosmos Part One Marking the 40th anniversary of the Cosmos television series.
Listen or download (23 min 21 s - 22.4 MB)
October 14 OSIRIS-REx One week ahead of the touch-and-go sample collection from asteroid Bennu, a description of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and its scientific mission. (Inserts courtesy GSFC)
October 21 OSIRIS-REx Touch and Go This morning's events as the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collected a sample from the surface of asteroid Bennu. (Inserts courtesy NASA)
October 21 Cosmos Part Two Marking the 40th anniversary of the Cosmos television series.
Listen or download (34 min 46 s - 33.4 MB)
October 28 OSIRIS-REx Touch and Go The post 'touch and go' press conference for the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft's sample collection from the surface of asteroid Bennu. Sample now being stowed into capsule. (Inserts courtesy GSFC)
October 28 Moon Water & Artemis Accords The announcement that water has been detected in Clavius Crater and the signing of the Artemis Accords, by which signatory nations, including Australia, agree to abide by a set of guiding principles in their lunar activities. (Inserts courtesy NASA)
Listen or download (40 min 45 s - 39.1 MB)
November 4 Cosmos Part Three Marking the 40th anniversary of the Cosmos television series. Includes a New Zealand interview with Carl Sagan, and an introduction to the 2020 Cosmos : Possible Worlds series.
Listen or download (51 min 25 s - 49.4 MB)
November 11 Dragon Crew 1 and Shannon Walker NASA astronaut Shannon Walker, the wife of Australian former astronaut Andy Thomas, ready to fly as one of four crew members on the Dragon Crew 1 mission to the International Space Station. (Inserts courtesy GSFC)
Listen or download (7 min 9 s - 6.9 MB)
November 11 SGR 1935+2154 The detection of x-ray flashes and a fast radio burst from a magetar some 30 000 light years away in our Milky Way. Pointed out an error in a report in the Herald-Sun newspaper.
Listen or download (5 min 55 s - 5.7 MB)
November 11 Rocket Lab to launch Gnome Chompski and APSS-1 Plans for Rocket Lab to launch an artwork and a student-built satellite from New Zealand.
Listen or download (5 min 54 s - 5.7 MB)
November 11 OSIRIS-REx stows sample How the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft stowed the sample of asteroid Bennu, and what the sampling operation taught us about the nature of Bennu's composition. (Inserts courtesy GSFC)
Listen or download (11 min 53 s - 11.4 MB)
November 11 Earth 4 Using factual reports, poetry and music, how satellites are monitoring our home planet. Tonight: Sentinel 6, ALOS-2, VNREDSAT-1, and Landsat. (Inserts courtesy NASA & ESA)
N.B. This fourth episode was incorrectly identified on-air as the third.
Listen or download (23 min 23 s - 22.6 MB)
November 18 Enrico Palermo A profile of Enrico Palermo, who has been selected as the second Head of the Australian Space Agency.
Listen or download (8 min 46 s - 8.4 MB)
November 18 The Lady and the Dragon The launch of the Crew 1 mission with the Crew Dragon spacecraft "Resilience", and Shannon Walker's chat with the Voice of America. (Inserts courtesy NASA & VOA)
Listen or download (7 min 34 s - 7.3 MB)
November 18 Earth 5 Using factual reports, poetry and music, how satellites are monitoring our home planet. Tonight: SWOT, GeoCARB, OCO-3, Michael Jackson, Leland Melvin, and SORCE.
Listen or download (35 min 17 s - 33.9 MB)
November 25 Chang'e 5 The launch of the Chang'e 5 lunar sampling mission. (Inserts courtesy CGTN)
November 25 Rocket Lab Return To Sender The launch of the 16th Electron rocket and the recovery of the first stage. Payload included Gnome Chompski artwork and APSS-1, a student-built satellite from the University of Auckland. (Insert courtesy Rocket Lab)
November 18 Earth 6 Using factual reports, poetry and music, how satellites are monitoring our home planet. Tonight: the Sentinel 6 Michael Freilich sea level measuring satellite.
Listen or download (35 min 30 s - 34.1 MB)
December 2 Chang'e 5 The past week's activities of the Chang'e 5 lunar sampling mission, including this morning's landing on Oceanus Procellarum.
December 2 Hayabusa 2 The planned landing of the Hayabusa 2 asteroid sampling capsule on Sunday morning in the Woomera Prohibited Area.
December 2 Earth 7 Using factual reports, poetry and music, how satellites are monitoring our home planet. Tonight: iceberg A-68A approaches South Georgia Island; the Sentinel 6 Michael Freilich sea level measuring satellite; the second Joint Polar System Satellite and Athena; Arctic rivers melting sea ice monitored by Terra; Stephen Hawking and Earth Day; Cloudsat; Cartosat 2F and Kanopus 5-3 near collision; and Cartosat 2D.
Listen or download (39 min 0 s - 37.4 MB)
December 9 Gemini 6A and Gemini 7 A fun look back 55 years to the Gemini 6A and the Gemini 7 orbital rendezvous missions with astronauts Wally Schirra, Tom Stafford, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell. Included: "Hello Wally" by Jack Jones; constellation Urine-us (urine dump over Canarvon, Western Australia); the UFO "Jingle Bells" harmonica prank; the version of "Jingle Bells" sung for the crew of Gemini 7; and "The Reluctant Astronaut" by comedians Bill Dana and Wally Schirra. (Inserts courtesy JSC and KSC)
Listen or download (46 min 2 s - 44.2 MB)
December 2 Chang'e 5 The past week's activities of the Chang'e 5 lunar sampling mission, including the samling, surface science, the return to orbit, rendezvous and sample transfer. Details of the planned reentry and landing in Mongolia.
December 16 Christopher Wanjek
Writer
Baltimore
The book Spacefarers; getting to Mars - zero gravity and radiation; landing on Mars; cycler orbit; dust; raising children; underground habitat; using boron for radiation absorption; producing oxygen on Mars; the perchlorate problem; light for crop growth; who to send to Mars; artificial intelligence; Earth investment needed to establish and maintain a martian settlement; terraforming Mars; living on or near other planets. Also policies of Trump and Biden, how to work with China, and music. N.B. The connection with Wankek was via Zoom, and there are occassional patches of poor audio. (Recorded Space Asscociation of Australia.)
* Listen or download (46 min 0 s - 44.2 MB)
* View publisher's promotional release
December 23 Space Songs A selection of songs celebrating space flight.
December 30 Space Songs A selection of songs celebrating space flight.