From: Jan Wee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Broadcast of "Cruising Between the Planets"
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 1997 10:32:11 -0500
Dear Linda and all discuss-lfm members, At 04:59 PM 4/6/97 -0700, you wrote: >I hope this does not sound like a dumb question, but I do not >understand how to receive the above broadcast. Is it on a national >channel?, a subscription service? or only available to people with >access to Jet Propulsion Lab. broadcasts? or the Muncie school district? ANSWER... Your question is not dumb at all! I am glad you asked as it is timely that we remind everyone of the broadcast details. Live From Mars programs are broadcast *live* via both NASA-TV and PBS' main satellite, Telstar 402. "Cruising Between the Planets" will air at 13:00-14:00 EST (1-2pm EST) on Thursday, April 24th. 1) You have TWO OPTIONS for downlinking the program via satellite: OPTION ONE: NASA-TV SATELLITE COORDINATES ON **C-BAND**: NOTE: NASA TV may pre-empt scheduled programming for live agency events. Please note that effective March 15, 1997, the NASA TV satellite changed to: GE-2 Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude Vertical polarization, Frequency of 3880 Mhz, and audio of 6.8 Mhz. OPTION TWO: SATELLITE COORDINATES FOR **KU BAND** PBS CARRIAGE: Telstar 402 R 7 Lower 89 degrees West Frequency 11895 Vertical 6.2 and 6.8 Audio ALSO.... your LOCAL PBS station *may* be carrying the LFM programs *LIVE* or via TAPE DELAY. Please CALL your local PBS station and inquire about their plans. Each PBS station (Education Coordinator) does receive our DACS (background information). If they are not aware of the PTK programming and are interested in more information, they may call the PTK Office at 973-656-9403. Our office can fax them details if they are missing key information! Educators without satellite dish access or lack local PBS feeds should not give up. Call your local cable company and see if they can help access the feed. Check with a local higher education agency -- many of these folks have satellite dishes and may be willing to tape the program for you. How about a parent with a dish? Many PTK participating educators have told inspiring stories of how they creatively acquired our programming. Perhaps some of them will share them via discuss-lfm! PTK does make available copies of the programs within one week of the live telecast for a nominal charge. Please email me directly for further details! 2) IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER... 1) NASA-TV may pre-empt programming due to NASA agency needs. Be prepared -- this has happened a couple of times in the past and folks were disappointed as they had not arranged to tap the KU Band satellite feed. Be sure to have your back-up plans in place. If pre-empting does occur, LFM Program Two will be re-broadcast on NASA-TV. I will keep this list aware of re-broadcast dates. 2) The PBS carriage on KU Band is more difficult to "lock-in" for many media coordinators. Be sure to *** TEST your KU Band coordinates **** to see if you are actually receiving feeds via Telstar 402R. Do this at least 2-3 days in advance so you can work out the bugs. 3) There is NO fee for accessing any of the PTK telecasts, including the Live From Mars series. We DO strongly encourage you to *register your participation* via the LFM web site registration form on our home page at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov This information allows us to keep you posted about future projects, as well as gives us key information about participants. We also strongly encourage all educators to **prepare students** for each of the broadcasts (as you would with any FIELD TRIP) by actively engaging students in the hands-on related lessons found in our Live From Mars teacher's guide. A web-based copy of the teacher's guide is found at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/teachers/tg/index.html To order a PRINT copy of the LFM Teacher's Pack which includes the Teacher's Guide, LFM poster, blackline masters, and background files on the Mars Missions... Send a check, money order, or purchase order (sorry, no credit card orders) for $10.00 to: Passport to Knowledge P.O. Box 1502 Summit, NJ 07902-1502 or fax your school purchase order to: 973-656-9813. 4) You may record and re-broadcast our LFM programs within your school district for educational purposes for ONE year within the broadcast date. Off-Air Taping Rights are found on the inside front cover of the print teacher's guide. I hope this helps Linda and other members of the discuss-lfm list. I will be keeping you aware of any late breaking news regarding the April 24th broadcast. Sincerely, Jan Wee, moderator