From: Jan Wee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Update: Web Chat this week, Weather Worlds, Virtual Tour, etc.
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 09:53:10 -0500
Dear Discuss-lfm Members, REMINDER...>>>>WEB CHATS<<<< Thursday, October 9, 9-10 a.m., PST Chat with Mars Team Expert... Do you and your students wonder just how Mars Global Surveyor maneuvers into orbit? What the science/engineering behind aerobraking is all about? Participate in the upcoming web chat with Dan Johnson, trajectory and aerobraking design analyst on the Mars Global Surveyor Operations Project, part of the Navigation Team. Dan will fill us in on the spacecraft's aerobraking techniques and procedures and if they're working. Please prepare for the chat by reading Dan's bio BEFORE the chat: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/team/johnston.html To participate in the Live From Mars chats it is necessary to register in advance. All you need to do is RSVP no less than 24 hours in advance in order to reserve a space for yourself. You will receive confirmation of your registration and a password to enter the chat room Chats with Project Staff... Opportunity for teachers to chat with other teachers and with project staff on Thursdays as follows: Pacific time Eastern time October 9 Noon 3:00pm October 16 3:00pm 6:00pm October 23 Noon 3:00pm October 30 3:00pm 6:00pm REMINDER...>>>>WEATHER WORLDS<<< Online collaborative activities are one of the highlights of participation in PTK projects. Like the Live From the Hubble Space Telescope's Great Planet Debate (students debated which of four planets to observe with their HST orbits), and the LFM Planet Explorer Toolkit, you and your students can parallel the work of *real scientists* right there in your own classroom/learning environment. These activities are open to all students and are freely available. October and November marks the time for students to become *Weather Watchers* on our planet just as the Rover watches (and records/collects/sends) data on Mars for scientific interpretation. Target dates... by October 10th First, students will figure out what key weather measurements they think are most important to gather here on Earth, and then how to obtain them, by designing, building and/or acquiring instruments to collect these data. Second, after initial debate in class, students are invited to go online with their suggestions, comments and brainstorms. The Weather Worlds Web Form for submitting your class proposal is NOW available online at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/events/ptkwwone.html To become part of the EARTH AND MARS WEATHER DEBATE, send e-mail to: email@example.com and in the message body write: subscribe debate-lfm by October 27th Based on review of all these plans, and with input from students and NASA experts, we'll arrive at our final consensus set of instruments and procedures. In November... Data Collection and Analysis: Phase 2 In this second phase of the activity, any class may sign up to contribute one or more sets of weather data on a daily basis for one or other (or both, if they have time!) of the two weeks between 11/3 and 11/14, whether they participated in Phase 1 or not. During the 11/13 LIVE FROM MARS broadcast, "Today on Mars," some of the classes who've been collecting data and have already begun work on their analysis will be featured. Thanks to Eileen Bendixsen, Hazlet, NJ and Susan Hurstcalderone, Washington, DC, classroom practitioners and veteran PTK educators and middle school science teachers for hosting the debate-lfm forum and WW activity! >>>>Please share this motivating real world/real science real fun activity with your colleagues and invite their participation!<<< REMINDER:...>>>TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF ARES VALLIS<<<... See: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/virtual/ Have you and your students seen Stimpy, Flat Top, Barnacle Bill, Scooby Doo, Yogi? No, silly, not the TV cartoon characters... the MARS ROCKS! Find out from the scientists how they decided on the names of their "pet" rocks, what evidence is there for catastrophic floods, the geologic story of the landing site and MORE! HINT: This site takes advantage of audio and video clips -- having Real Audio and Real Video running will be a real advantage as you will be able to hear the real scientists like Matt Golombek and Ron Greeley and others tell the story of the Mars Pathfinder landing and Rover's journey! You will want to test your system as I found that updated RealAudio and RealPlayer versions are necessary to run the clips! REMINDER:... >>>LFM TEACHER'S GUIDE<<< See: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/teachers/tg/index.html You will find lessons/activities to integrate at the above URL These *hands-on* activities will help you prepare students for the October 30th (compilation tape overview allowing you to introduce or review the Mars Missions/LFM project) and November 13th LIVE program, "Today On Mars". Check them out today! REMINDER...>>>PBS SATELLITE COORDINATES<<<< Be sure to let your media person know NOW that the PBS satellite coordinates have CHANGED. *This does NOT affect you if you have access to LFM via LOCAL PBS stations or are using the NASA-TV feed. Be sure you have checked with your LOCAL PBS station well in advance to assure they are carrying the LFM broadcasts and their schedule.* Please note that as of October 11th 1997 PBS will be using a new satellite, and coordinates. This WILL affect the previously distributed information for both Fall 97 LIVE FROM MARS programs. (Until this time, PBS had not been able to confirm coordinates, pending successful launch and deployment of the satellite.) The October 30th and November 13th programs will be carried at 12:30-13:00 Eastern (test) and the actual one hour program from 13:00-14:00 Eastern on: PBS *NEW* coordinates for LFM programming: GE-3, Ku-band 87 degrees West longitude transponder 20, vertical polarity 12100 Mhz, audio on 6.2, 6.8 Mhz. This will be the new PBS Adult Learning Services transponder. It is analog (not digital) and not scrambled. IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO TEST THE SATELLITE FEEDS WELL IN ADVANCE. NASA-TV and PBS both have programming available during the school day and checks are helpful in preventing last minute panic! [In case you need the NASA-TV COORDINATES: GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 Mhz, and audio of 6.8 Mhz.] Have a good week! Let's get *Weather Watching*! Jan Wee, discuss-lfm moderator Live From Mars Passport to Knowledge http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars