SOME ITEMS BROADCAST DURING 2024

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compiled/written by Andrew Rennie

(Unless otherwise noted)
BROADCAST
DATE
SUBJECT DESCRIPTION
January 3 Mars Polar Lander The story of the ill-fated Mars Polar Lander, which was launched 25 years ago today. (Inserts courtesy JPL)
Listen or download (23 min 16 s - 22.3 MB)
January 3 Moon Month This month will see the attempted landing of Japan's SLIM near Shioli Crater, and the launch of Astrobotic's Peregrine 1 with NASA and other payloads. Also a look-back 65 years to 1959 January 2 and the launch of Luna 1, intended as an impactor, but which missed the Moon and entered into heliocentric orbit, becoming the first artificial 'planet'. (Inserts courtesy NASA)
Listen or download (16 min 28 s - 15.8 MB)
January 10 Clint Therakam
Thermal Engineer
Melbourne Space Laboratory
Parkville
The SpIRIT satellite, its experiements, and his role in the project. Also his work on the design of the Australian Roo-ver lunar rover. Related music.
Listen or download full feature (51 min 14 s - 49.2 MB)
Listen or download interview only (30 min 52 s - 29.6 MB)
January 10 Artemis and Peregrine 1 Announcement that the Artemis 2 and Artemis 3 lunar missions will be delayed; and news of the failure of the Peregrine 1 lunar lander after a successful launch on the maiden flight of the Vulcan Centaur rocket. (Inserts courtesy NASA)
Listen or download (4 min 59 s - 4.8 MB)
January 17 Peregrine 1 As told by the official announcements of Astrobotic, the sad tale of the Peregrine 1, built as a lunar lander but doomed to burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.
Listen or download (22 min 29 s - 21.6 MB)
January 17 Angelo Di Grazia
Councillor
Space Association of Australia
The delays to the Artemis missions; the problems identified by the Artemis 1 flight; the challenges for the planned Artemis 3 lunar landing mission; the Starship rocket and lunar lander. (Inserts courtesy NASA, SpaceX)
Listen or download (32 min 48 s - 31.5 MB)
January 24 Angelo Di Grazia
Councillor
Space Association of Australia
The Starship rocket and lunar lander; Artemis 3, 4 and 5; lunar cargo. (Inserts courtesy NASA, SpaceX)
Listen or download (56 min 9 s - 53.9 MB)
January 31 The Demise of Ingenuity Marking the end of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter: comments by Bill Nelson (NASA Administrator); media teleconference briefing and Q&A; songs and poetry. (Inserts courtesy NASA)
Listen or download (43 min 12 s - 41.5 MB)
January 31 SLIM awake again After taking a tumble, SLIM is awake again. A full report from JAXA on what happened to SLIM.
Listen or download (8 min 33 s - 8.2 MB)
February 7 Celestis Enterprise and Tranquility Flights Human remains were aboard the Centaur stage of the Vulcan rocket that launched the ill-fated Peregrine 1 mission, which also had a Celestis payload.
Listen or download (8 min 38 s - 8.3 MB)
February 7 XPoSat India's X-ray Polarimeter Satellite was launched on New Years day. (Inserts courtesy ISRO)
Listen or download (3 min 17 s - 3.2 MB)
February 7 Peregrine 1 Mission summary John Thornton (CEO, Astrobotic, Pitsburg) explains what happened to the Peregrine 1 spacecraft. (Courtesy Astrobotic)
February 7 Joe Kerwin
Skylab 2 Doctor-Astronaut
The first of two programmes to mark the 50th anniversary of the splashdown of the 84 day Skylab 4 mission. (Interview by Peter Aylward)
Listen or download (25 min 56 s - 24.9 MB)
February 14 Joe Kerwin
Skylab 2 Doctor-Astronaut
The second of two programmes to mark the 50th anniversary of the splashdown of the 84 day Skylab 4 mission. (Interview by Peter Aylward)
Listen or download (56 min 27 s - 54.2 MB)
February 21 Odysseus On It Way To The Moon The plan for Intuitive Machine's Odysseus mission to Malapert A near the lunar South Pole; the launch and comissioning of the lunar lander; and a reminder that the lunar South Pole is at the TOP of the Moon, as seen from Melbourne. (Inserts courtesy IM, NASA)
Listen or download (21 min 3 s - 20.2 MB)
February 21 Planet Earth 59 Season Five of our Planet Earth series begins with a detailed explanation of the just launched PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud Ocean Ecosystem) satellite; the PACE Fanfare; how the 2019-20 Australian bushfires caused a bloom of plankton in the Pacific Ocean; and the possible effect of megaconstellations of Internet satellites on the Earth's magnetic field. (Inserts courtesy NASA, GSFC)
Listen or download (32 min 9 s - 30.9 MB)