From: Jan Wee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: What's Up: Week of November 9th-15th!
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 06:25:52 -0600
Dear discuss-lfm members, What's Up: Week of November 9-15th! I. ALERT>>>>>GRAND FINALE..."TODAY ON MARS"AIRS 11/13/97 **LIVE** Live From Mars Program 5: "Today on Mars" the fifth and final Live From Mars television program airs: Thursday, November 13th at 13:00-14:00 EST on NASA-TV (C-Band) and PBS (KU Band) SATELLITE COORDINATES... NASA-TV (C Band) GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees west longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio of 6.8 MHz. (Be aware: NASA-TV may be pre-empted due to NASA late breaking news) PBS (KU Band) GE-3 satellite, 87 degrees west longitude, transponder 20, vertical polarity, 12100 MHz, audio on 6.2 and 6.8 MHz. (This is the new PBS Adult Learning Services transponder. It is analog and not scrambled.) LOCAL PBS COVERAGE...PBS affiliate independently decides its own programming schedule. Therefore, anyone hoping to receive the broadcasts from their local PBS station should >>>contact the *local* station! OTHER POSSIBILITIES for ACCESS... Community access television stations, education TV systems and community colleges are other resources that might potentially carry the programs if requested by you. TEST YOUR SYSTEM *IN ADVANCE* Note: Media coordinators are encouraged to TEST these coordinates at least two to three days in advance to be sure they are receiving a signal. PBS broadcasting and NASA TV should both be accessible at during daytime hours to help you confirm the test. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION..."Today on Mars" 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. A FIRST... For the first time, >>>>Closed Captioning<<< will be made available thanks to additional support from the Digital Equipment Corporation. Please note that this will be available for PBS broadcasting only, not NASA-TV. INTERNET SERVICES.... You might have a hard time getting the "real TV" programming so below are several options for tuning into the programming over the Internet! Be sure to check these out! SEE: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/video/online97.html for complete details. * RealAudio and RealVideo * The ability to ask questions via email to the folks on TV is available during the broadcast only. The email address to use for this service is: email@example.com * CU-See-Me Here is a list of NASA TV Cu-See-Me reflectors (all are on Channel 3): 1.zeus.arc.nasa.gov - 18.104.22.168 2.quest.arc.nasa.gov - 22.214.171.124 3.topweb.arc.nasa.gov -126.96.36.199 * Information about MBONE coverage was listed on the MBONE scheduling program (SDR). This service also assumed that NASA-TV coverage would not be preempted by breaking news. * Once-per-minute snapshots from the broadcast >may be< available from NASA Select TV. * Questions for the guest experts can be e-mailed *during* the live telecast to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please be sure to screen the questions in advance for relevancy (see Pat Haddon's previous posting for topics). Be sure to copy all questions to: email@example.com to assure an answer in case the question is not selected for use in the live broadcast. II. REMINDER>>>>>CHAT WITH THE MARS EXPERT THIS AND NEXT WEEK See: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/events/interact.html 1) THIS WEEK...Wednesday, November 12, 1997, 10-11 a.m., PST Pathfinder Mission Manager Richard Cook will discuss the Pathfinder team's strategy for sending commands to the lander periodically, highlights of the mission, and what team members are up to now. 2) NEXT WEEK...Tuesday, November 18, 1997, 10:30-11:30 a.m., PST David Mittman has worn three hats during the Pathfinder mission: flight engineer, mission planner and flight controller. David will bring us up to date on the operations of the lander and rover, what the commands to Pathfinder consist of (specific tasks such as "Call Home!"), and the Deep Space Network's role now that Pathfinder isn't communicating. * Be sure to read Richard's and David's biographies and journals BEFORE the chat so that intelligent questions can be asked! Cook's bio: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/team/cook.html Mittman's bio: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/team/mittman.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. (See above URL for link to register) Additionally, chat with project staff and other educators on November 13th, 3:00pm Pacific/6:00pm Eastern. (No registration required.. just meet in the chat room!) III. ALERT>>>>> PARTICIPATE IN PHASE II OF WEATHER WATCHERS If you haven't already viewed the online plans submitted by participating Phase I classes, see: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/events/wwplans/index.html 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 11/10 and 11/21, whether they participated in Phase 1 or not. They can build their own WEATHER WORLDS (using the consensus plan developed during Phase 1), or they can use whatever other data sets they can access (local weathercasts or news reports), but they are responsible for doing so on a daily basis and assuring its accuracy. * Weeks of November 10 and 17: Classes will collect data. The procedures to be followed and the URL for the form to post your data will be sent to the list tonight. For more information, contact Eileen Bendixsen or Susan Hurstcalderone, moderators of Weather Watchers. Eileen= firstname.lastname@example.org Susan= email@example.com IV. REMINDER>>>>>>NEW CHALLENGE QUESTION CQ#4: Looking around the Pathfinder landing site and comparing what you see to the scene around the Viking 1 lander, you should be able to figure out why temperatures from Pathfinder are higher than from Viking, at much the same season and from a location near by. Hint #1: It's not the difference in altitude. Hint #2: Researchers don't think they're seeing global temperature differences. Hint #3: What do you do when you're going to be out in the summer sun for a long time? The answer is posted each week in the updates-lfm newsletter! V. THANKS>>>>>ACTIVE DISCUSS-ERS Thanks to Marilyn, Pat H., Stephanie, Bob A, Geoff H., and David G. for online sharing this past week. Suggested topic for discussion this week: How are you preparing your students for Thursday's live telecast, "Today on Mars"? Share your strategies by sending to: firstname.lastname@example.org Jan Wee, discuss-lfm moderator