On November 9, l995: The Great Planet Debate
This 30 minute program introduced the entire project, and announced the on-line discussion which led to a December 1995 consensus decision about which planets to observe. The four astronomers who served as "Planet Advocates" for the on-line debate (Reta Beebe for Jupiter, Marc Buie for Pluto, Heidi Hammel for Neptune and Carolyn Porco for Uranus) each presented reasons for using three HST orbits for "their" planet, and summarized key scientific goals which could be achieved. Presenter Bill Gutsch reviewed the history of Space Telescope (launch, servicing mission, most revealing and amazing images, current capabilities).
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Also, NASA Television was simulcasting the programs. Many cable television systems receive and redistribute NASA-TV, particularly during Space Shuttle missions. For those with access to satellite reception, NASA Television is carried on Spacenet 2, transponder 5, Channel 9, C-Band, located at 69 degrees West longitude, with horizontal polarization. Frequency is 3880 M Hz with audio on 6.8 MHz.
Community access television stations, education TV systems and community colleges were other resources that carried the programs.