From: Jan Wee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: summer viewing
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 1997 08:42:23 -0500
Dear Brian and all, At 10:01 AM 6/2/97 -0400, you wrote: >Could you give a run-down of TV programming this summer covering the >Pathfinder landing and first few days? I'm sure you already have but I missed >it and my kids are dieing to know what they will be able to see. Do you >expect there to be live programming on the networks covering the landing? > >Thank you, > >Bryan Street >Pathfinder School In case you missed the summer and fall LFM programming announcement, here is a copy of our online announcement! It is very likely that national networks like CNN, etc. will give the Pathfinder Landing events coverage, in addition to NASA-TV. Passport to Knowledge, producers of NSF, NASA and public TV sponsored electronic field trips, INVITES ALL.... Summer School Program Leaders, Planetarium Program Directors, Science Camp Leaders, Year-Round School and Science Center Coordinators, & Educators to.... *EXPERIENCE* LIVE From MARS this JULY and into FALL!* by >>> CONNECTING families and students with NASA's Mars Pathfinder Mission, scheduled to LAND on Mars on July 4th! <<< ______________________________ \ | / / / \ \ \ / / | Come Along to MARS this July!|========== * - - \______________________________\_/ / / \ \ | SUMMER PROGRAMMING... This summer provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect students and families to NASA's Mars Pathfinder Mission to the Red Planet. This coming July 4th., there'll be fireworks on Mars. Early that morning, retro-rockets will slow NASA's Mars Pathfinder spacecraft, and sometime in the evening of Independence Day, humans should see the first new Martian surface images in over 20 years radioed back from an alien explorer newly arrived on the Red Planet! And -- thanks to modern telecommunications and an unprecedented collaboration of NASA, NSF, museums, space interest groups, and media producers -- you and your students can participate more directly than ever before. Passport to Knowledge (PTK) and the American Museum of Natural History in New York will present 2 two-hour Live From Mars specials -- live, interactive TV programs to be offered via satellite on Sunday July 6th and Wednesday July 9th, from 14:00-16:00 Eastern (11:00-13:00 hours Pacific.) The free, un-encrypted, programs will be carried on GE-2, transponder 21, C-band, 85 degrees West, 4120 Mhz, Vertical polarity, audio on 6.2 and 6.8. (This is the same satellite where NASA-TV may be found, and will thus likely already be easily accessible to many schools, museums, and science centers.) The Live From Mars Web site provides extensive background on the mission and links to other valuable Mars sites. The Live From Mars Teacher's Guide provides suggestions for hands-on Activities you can undertake >>>before school ends<<< to prepare students so they will appreciate the events of this summer. The 64 page print LFM Teacher's Guide includes the following easy to integrate activities plus 13 more! Mars Mission Logbook Mission Planning: Earth/Mars Comparisons Rocket Science 101 Mapping Topography of Unknown Surfaces Light Bulb-Egg Drop Challenge See http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/teachers/materials.html for more details. Sunday July 6th will not only feature the events of the first 2 days on Mars, the best color enhancements of the first pictures returned, and a chance to hear NASA scientists' first reactions, but also TPS's "Planetfest" -- a combination Star Trek convention and celebration of space exploration and scientific discovery, promising a good time for all! To be held in Pasadena, CA, just a few miles from JPL on July 4, 5 and 6, we plan to link "Planetfest" in via video to JPL, New York, and many other live locations around the nation. It's hoped that CUSeeMe, Real Audio and other Internet technologies will also share "Planetfest" and the events of "Landing Week" with those unable to access satellite TV. Though primarily designed for participation by youngsters, families and camp groups in science museums and planetariums (since school is "out" in most places), anyone with access to a movable satellite dish can access the programming. Many science centers are already planning events around Pathfinder's landing. We expect many will integrate LIVE FROM MARS into this... but we can't promise or predict. Please check locally... and if your local museum doesn't yet know about what's going on, please share what YOU know with them, and direct them to our Web site, which will have increasingly detailed information. FALL PROGRAMMING... Live From Mars >fall< programming includes two hour long telecasts as we continue to track the Mars Pathfinder and Mars Global Surveyor missions to Mars. Broadcasts are carried on NASA-TV, PBS's main satellite, Telstar 402R and many PBS stations around the country. LIVE FROM MARS #4: "WITH PATHFINDER TO MARS", October 14th, 1997 at 13:00-14:00 EST Highlights of the earlier programs. A re-edited compilation (distributed on tape, not live) of the previous programs, designed to re-introduce students to this unique opportunity to travel virtually to Mars. Follow the Pathfinder's travels, from "launch through landing", in the new school year of 1997-98, and prepare them for... LIVE FROM MARS #5: "TODAY ON MARS", November 18th, 1997 at 13:00-14:00 EST Live weather data and imagery from Mars shows what has been learned to date from the Pathfinder lander and rover: how the continuing data stream provides students with material to analyze in math and computer classes. What Sojourner has revealed, to date, about the actual composition of Martian rocks, and what this implies for the question of liquid water and the possibility of life. A preview of the next decade of exploration. Live From Mars target audience: middle school level; easily adaptable to elementary and high school. Live From Mars Web Site: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars Call 1-800-626-LIVE (5483) for more information. STAY TUNED, and use LIVE FROM MARS to link directly to the very latest from the Red Planet!