October NASA-TV: Schedule of PTK programs

From: Jan Wee <jwee@mail.arc.nasa.gov>
Subject: October NASA-TV: Schedule of PTK programs
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 21:37:55 -0500

Dear discuss-lfm members,

The following schedule (below) is an excerpt of the recently 
released NASA-TV schedule for October.

Additionally, remember,... COMING SOON...

LIVE FROM MARS #4: "DESTINATION MARS" October 30, 1997, 1-2 p.m. Eastern
Highlights from both Pathfinder and Global Surveyor missions will
be featured as well as an introduction to Mars as perhaps the most 
exciting planet to visit in our solar system. 

LIVE FROM MARS #5:  "TODAY ON MARS" November 13, 1997, 1-2 p.m., Eastern
Live weather data and imagery from Mars show 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.

We hope you have made arrangements by now to access "Destination Mars" 
and the final LFM live telecast -- "Today on Mars".

If you do not have direct access to a satellite dish 
(C band/NASA-TV or KU Band/PBS Telstar 402R), be sure to contact 
your local PBS station asap for coverage plans.  Other
options:  check with your local cable company & ask for their
assistance; a local university/college/tech school; NASA Teacher
Resource Center; educational support agency, etc; parent/friend
with a movable satellite dish, etc. Be creative!  Tapes are
available for ordering for a minimal $19.95 per 1 hour program
charge via the PTK office (PTK, P.O. Box 1502, Summit, NJ 07902-1502).

Jan Wee, moderator
[Note:  Apologies for my recent absence from discuss-lfm -- family
emergency resulted in being off line for the past two weeks.  There 
has also been a recent mail server problem that has now been
rectified that was affecting discuss-lfm.  If you sent postings
to the discuss-lfm list and did not see it come through, please
re-post!  Sorry for the inconvenience!]



GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical 
polarization, with a frequency of 3880 Mhz, and audio of 6.8 Mhz.

2-3 pm  5-6 pm  8-9 pm  11 pm-12 am   2-3 am    All times Eastern
NASA TV may pre-empt scheduled programming for live agency events.

Oct 1/ Oct 27/ Oct 30

Live From Antarctica 2: Oceans, Ice & Life
Level: Grades 5-8
Sail to Palmer Station aboard the R.V. Polar Duke, across the Drake 
Passage, the roughest waters on Earth.  During this first live telecast, 
from on board ship, meet the researchers who are studying the interaction 
of the marine food chain, and see how life on and in the ocean waxes and 
wanes along with the seasonal ice sheets.  This program demonstrates the 
adaptation of life to such extreme conditions, and shows how scientists 
must also adapt their lives and research techniques to the environment.
Oct 2 / Oct 20/ Oct 31

Live From Mars Program I "Countdown"
(rebroadcast of live performance)
Level: Grades 5-12
"Countdown" introduces a new series of "Passport to Knowledge" electronic 
field trips.  Live From Mars Program I takes students behind closed doors 
at Cape Canaveral to see NASA's Pathfinder spacecraft close-up, just days 
before its successful early December launch, and invites students and 
teachers to follow Pathfinder and Mars Global Surveyor on-line via the 
Internet and with hands-on discovery activities throughout the next two 
school years.

Oct 3 / Oct 21 

Live From Mars Program II: "Cruising Between the Planets"
Level: Grades 5-12
Behind the scenes at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, lead center for planetary 
exploration. How rocket fuel, momentum, gravity and ingenuity get spacecraft 
from Earth to Mars. Mars Pathfinder's and Global Surveyor's progress to date.  
Portraits of the men and women who control the missions. Building and testing 
the robotic rover, Sojourner.  Highlights of hands-on student activities 
including the LFM Planet Explorer Toolkit, the Egg Drop Challenge, and 
Red Rover, Red Rover. 

Oct 10 / Oct 23

Live From Antarctica 2: The Secrets of Survival
Level: Grades 5-8
For the fifty researchers and their support teams who live at Palmer 
during the Antarctic summer, commuting to work involves a daily trip 
from the relative safety and comfort of the main research station aboard 
small Zodiac inflatables out to their desolate study sites, over waters 
that would kill in minutes in the event of an accident.  Travel with them, 
live, to Torgerson Island, to study Adelie penguins and their newborn chicks; 
to Humble and Dream Island to observe the skuas who prey on them, and find 
out the fascinating connections between each season's ice and weather, and 
which young creatures will live and die.  This program looks at the secrets 
of survival for both the wildlife and the human researchers who journey to 
the ends of the Earth to study them.

Oct 13 / Oct 24

Live From Antarctica 2: Seeing the Future
Level: Grade 5-8
Antarctica was the place which first showed humans the ozone hole, and 
Palmer Station is one of the key sites which helps us understand how 
global climate change may affect the ecosystem of which we are all part.  
Palmer is the only place on the Continent where microscopic plants can 
grow on land, and the site of an ambitious Long Term Ecological Research 
project seeking to understand the ongoing interaction of ocean, ice, 
atmosphere and life.  This program presents the latest on ozone and the 
effects of increased ultraviolet radiation, and shows how research in 
Antarctica helps us understand our entire planetary environment.

A full NASA-TV Schedule can be found at...