November PTK programs airing on NASA-TV (Education File)

From: Jan Wee <>
Subject: November PTK programs airing on NASA-TV (Education File)
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 17:59:00 -0600

Dear discuss-lfm members,

The November Education file for NASA-TV has just
been released.   You will not find the latest
Live From Mars Program 4: "Destination Mars" 
contained within this schedule but look for it
to be re-broadcast in December.  Until then, you
can order a copy of "Destination Mars" via the PTK
office by sending a check, money order or purchase
order for $19.95 made out to Passport to Knowledge 
and send to:

Passport to Knowledge
P.O. Box 1502
Summit, NJ 07902-1502

Jan Wee, moderator


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.
Nov 3 Mon and Nov 27 Thur

Live From Antarctica 2: Oceans, Ice & Life
Level: Grades 4-8
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.
Nov 4 Tue and Nov 20 Thur

Live From Mars Program I "Countdown"
(rebroadcast of live performance)
Level: Grades 4-12
"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.

Nov 5 Wed and Nov 21 Fri

Live From Mars Program II: "Cruising Between the Planets"
Level: Grades 4-12
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. 

Nov 12 Wed and Nov 25 Tue

Live From Antarctica 2: The Secrets of Survival
Level: Grades 4-8
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.

Nov 13 Thur and Nov 26 Wed

Live From Antarctica 2: Seeing the Future
Level: Grade 4-8
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.