Live From...the Stratosphere
Credits and Contacts

Curriculum and Content | Kuiper Airborne Observatory | NASA K-12 Internet and NASA Ames/Imaging | PBS Partners | Additional Assisstance & Special Thanks | Passport to Knowledge Staff & Advisors

Live From the Stratosphere is a Passport to Knowledge project, supported by the Information Infrastructure Technology and Applications Program of NASA's Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, the NASA Astrophysics Division, NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Education, and PBS K-12 Learning Services.

This project is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not neccesarily those of the Foundation.

The video programs are a co-production of Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Inc. and Maryland Public Television. "Night Flight to the Stars" is co-presented by WNET/New York.

Online resources provided by NASA K-12 Internet Initiative

The Live From the Stratosphere Webspace is a NASA IITA K-12 effort. Sterling Software was responsible for the design, development and operation of all online activities. It is maintained by Alan Federman (, Chris Tanski ( and Marc Siegel (
The responsible NASA official is Karen Traicoff (

Many people contributed to make this possible.

Graphics were designed and produced by Darlene Sanche ( Important early work was done by Nathan Hickson (

Interactive Enhancements like searching and new files listings are maintained by Chris Tanski ( The Virtual Tour is brought to you by Karl Hennig.

The Teacher's Guide and Star Census were prepared by Susan Lee (

The Spanish translations were overseen by Linda Conrad (, and produced by Claudia Acosta, Hector Fuentes Lopez, Jose Koenig, M. Arthur Hervias, Carlos Henry Castaño, Daniel E. Perez

The Smart Filters were a group of volunteers who helped process questions from classrooms via e-mail.

Curriculum and Content

Curriculum and Classroom Activities Development Team

Richard Dowling, SpaceMedia Inc., Montrose, CA

Pat Haddon, Grade 6 Science Teacher, Summit Middle School, Summit, NJ

April Keck Lloyd, Elementary Teacher, Charlottesville, VA

Patty Miller, KidScience Teleschool Teacher, Hawaii Department of Education

Margaret Riel, Ph.D., Interlearn, Encinitas, CA

Marc Siegel, NASA K-12 Internet Initiative

James S. Sweitzer, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Astrophysical

Research in Antarctica, University of Chicago

Jan Wee, Library Media Director, West Salem Middle School, West Salem, WI

April S. Whitt, Fernbank Science Center, DeKalb County School District, Atlanta, GA

Bruce "Chip" Daley, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV

Astronomical Consultants

Edna DeVore, FOSTER Project, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA

William A. Gutsch, Jr., past President, International Planetarium Society, and former Chairman, Hayden Planetarium, NY

D. A. Harper, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago

R.F. Loewenstein, Senior Research Associate, Dept of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago

Linda Morris, Director of Education/Center Director, Buehler Challenger and Science Center, Paramus, NJ

Carolyn Sumners, Director of Astronomy and Physics, Houston Museum of Natural Science

Kuiper Airborne Observatory and NASA Ames

Kuiper Airborne Observatory staff

Wendy Whiting, KAO Mission Director
Steve Patterson, KAO Mission Director
Jim McClenahan, KAO Facility Manager
Carl Gillespie, KAO Mission Director
Curt Laughlin, KAO Project Manager
Ted Dunham, KAO Project Scientist
Tom Kalaskey, KAO Mission Director

KAO Technical Support Services, provided by NSI Technology Services Corporation

Barry Turney, Program Manager
Walter E. Miller, KAO Engineering Manager
Thomas E. Connors, KAO Mechanical Engineer
Mark Elston, KAO Software Engineer
Juan Rivera, KAO Technician/Telescope Operator
Terry Richardson, KAO Telescope Operations Lead
Juan Rivera, KAO Technician/Telescope Operator
Rick Doll, KAO Telescope Operator
Gary Morris, KAO Telescope Operator
Maurad Stewart, KAO Telescope Operator
Ben Burress, KAO Tracker Operator
Allan Meyer, KAO Tracker Operator
Jim Cockrell, KAO Computer Operations Manager
Terry Duncan, KAO Computer Programmer
Jeff King, KAO Computer Operator
Dennis Kelley, KAO Computer Operator
Randy Lee, KAO Computer Operator
Linda Willetts, Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Hodges, Administrative Assistant
Nabil Hanania, KAO Electronics Technician
Shannon Roberts, KAO Electronics Technician
Mark Eshbaugh, KAO Electronics Technician
David Moss, KAO Technician
Hank Hermosillo, Materiel Manager

JPL (ACTS Broadband Aeronautical Terminal team)

Brian Abbe, Communications Engineer
Marty Agan, Project Manager
Paul Barriga, Communications Engineer
Art Densmore, Antenna Engineer
Tom Jedrey, Satellite Communications Group Supervisor
Gary Stevens, RF Engineer
Steve Townes, Space Communications Technology Program Manager
Loretta Tong, Software Engineer
Lee Ann Voisinet, Communications Engineer
Robin Winkelstein, Communications Engineer
Tuyen Ly, Technician

NASA Lewis Research Center, ACTS team

Rodney Knight, Project Manager
Ronald Schertler, Experiments Program Manager
Robert Bauer, Kuiper Experiment Coordinator
Richard Krawczyk, Spacecraft Operation Engineer
Paul McMasters, Operations Scheduler (Analex Corp.)

Trans Bay Electronics (NASA Ames Ground Station)

Al Ross, Ground Station Manager
Rich Andrews, Communications Engineer

NASA Ames C-141 Ground Crew

Louis Russo, C-141 Crew Chief
Monte Hodges, Aircraft Mechanic
Herman Rijfkogel, Aircraft Mechanic

NASA Ames Flight Crew Branch

Geary Tiffany, Chief
Terry Rager, KAO Project Pilot
Bill Hoss, KAO Flight Engineer

NASA Ames Astrophysics Branch

Fred Witteborn, Chief
Jackie Davidson (SETI), Astronomer
Jesse Bregman, Astronomer
Scott Sandford, Astronomer
David Scimeca, Instrumentation Specialist

NASA Ames Research Center, SOFIA Project

Bob Yee, Electrical Engineer
Jim Pantaleo, Software Engineer
Tom Varghese, Engineer

Cal Corporation

Rich Renner, ACTS Broadband Aeronautical Terminal Antenna Engineer

EMS Technologies, Inc.

Mike Guler, ACTS Broadband Aeronautical Terminal Antenna Engineer

NASA Headquarters

Ramon Depaula, Communications Program Manager
Mike Smith, ACTS Program Manager

Lockheed-Martin Astrospace

Frank Gargione, ACTS Program Manager
Val Barron, ACTS Flight Operations Manager
Lya Sachter, ACTS Software Engineer

NASA Science Internet

A. Lee Wade


Donald J. Riordan

NASA Ames Hangar Networking Support

Steven Shultz
David Guevara
Lorinda Rodrigues

NASA Ames Wind Tunnel Systems Branch

Lizabeth Alderete, Chief

Imaging/Documentation Branch, NASA Ames

Ed Schilling

Paul Langston

David Maurantonio

Ted Foldvary, Technical Consultant

PBS Partners

For Maryland Public Television

Raymond K. K. Ho, President and CEO

James P. Abbott, V.P. New Business Development

Jane Began, Director, NIPS

George R. Benaman, II, Production Manager

PBS ON-LINE and PBS K-12 Learning Services

Sandra Welch, VP Learning Services

Cindy Johanson w Francis Thompson

Educational Outreach and Information

Tim Hallinan, Tel Ed, Inc./Los Angeles

for WNET/New York

Bill Baker, President

Fred Noriega, Director, National Productions

Fred Cotton, Chief Engineer

John Schwally, Production Manager w Randy Joseph, Engineer in Charge

Passport to Knowledge Staff and Advisors

Project Director and Executive Producer

Geoffrey Haines-Stiles

Executive in Charge of Production, GHSP, Inc.

Erna Akuginow

Passport to Knowledge National Advisory Board

Joseph D. Exline, Curriculum Reform Consultant, VA

Dale Andersen, Exobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center

Scott Coletti, Middle School Teacher, Mountain View, CA

Camille Moody, NASA Education, Washington, DC

John Rummel, Marine Biological Laboratories, Woods Hole, MA

Thom Stone, NSI/Sterling Software

Passport to Knowledge receives partial funding from NASA's Public Use of Remote Sensing Data program (RSD). RSD supports other projects designed to share NASA space and science data.

Additional Assisstance & Special Thanks

Additional Production Assistance For the live uplink sites has been furnished by:

The Adler Planetarium, Chicago * Booneville School District * The Mississippi State University Television Center * Tri-State Industry Education Initiative * Fernbank Science Center, DeKalb County School System, GA * Georgia Public Television * Gates Planetarium, Denver Museum of Natural History * KRMA, Denver and KTSC, Pueblo, CO * Hawaii Department of Education, Office of Information and Technology * Houston Museum of Natural Science * The community partnership of Prairie Public Television, Fargo, ND and the Fargo Public Schools * Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ * The National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Special Thanks

Lizabeth Aldarete, NASA Ames * Don Asquin, Gates Planetarium, Denver Museum of Natural History * Charles Benton, Films, Inc./PMI, Chicago * Joe Benton, NASA TV * Joe Bredekamp, NASA Office of Space Science * Bill Burnette, NASA-Industry Education Initiative, & Tri-State Initiative * Jim Cockrell, KAO Project, NASA Ames * Ted Dunham, Project Scientist, KAO, NASA Ames * Darcy Evon, Development Office, University of Chicago * Ken Fisher, Lockheed-Martin Aerospace, Sunnyvale, CA * Mary Ann Hull, Laura McLanaghan, Sandy Buleza, Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ * Maureen Kerr, National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC * John Krisch, New Business Development, MPT * Fritz Hasler and Alan Nelson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center * Garth Hull, Tom Clausen, and Tom Gates Education Office, NASA Ames Research Center * Paul Hunter, HPCC-IITA, NASA Aeronautics * Wes Huntress, Associate Administrator for Space Science, NASA * Paul Knappenberger, Director, and Douglas Duncan, Director of Astronomy, Adler Planetarium * Alan Ladwig, Advisor to the Administrator, NASA * Mark Leon, IITA, NASA Ames Research Center * NASA Lewis Research Center, ACTS Experiments Office * Frank Owens and Malcom Phelps, NASA Education * Mary Lou Ray and Molly McGill, Pacific Mountain Network * Juan Rivera, Telescope Operator, KAO Project * Al Ross and Rich Andrews, NASA Ames Research Center * Michael Rowan-Robinson * Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan * Gerhard Salinger and Franzie Loepp, NSF * Ted Stanik, Principal, Summit Middle School, NJ * Deanne Tucker and Robert Yee, NASA Ames Research Center * Lee Wade, NSI, NASA Ames Research Center * Tina Waganer, MPT * Dan Weedman, Larry Caroff, Mike Kaplan, Jeff Rosendahl, Astrophysics Division, NASA HQ

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