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N E W S L E T T E R    # 5                     O C T O B E R  23, 1 9 9 5

** Exploring Space and Cyberspace **

Passport to Knowledge is a unique partnership between students, teachers, scientists, television producers, public and government agencies, cable companies, network operators, and community members of all ages and with diverse experiences. The goal is to blend the resources brought by:

                           |ELECOMPUTING, &

to create a field trip to the frontiers of science. We are in the final weeks of our Live from the Stratosphere Project.

               ---====|   T E L E V I S I O N    |=====---

Passport to Knowledge has produced four "Live From the Stratosphere" PROGRAMS:

                Science in the Stratosphere (1/2 hour)
                The Pre-Flight Briefing (1 hour)
                The Jupiter Mission (2 1/2 hours)
                Night Flight to the Stars (5 hours)

Now, using these 9 hours of programming there will be one more Live from the Stratosphere summary tape. To create this program, the Passport to Knowledge team will need to reflect on what we learned, identify the high points and summarize a large amount of information.

====>>> The result will be:

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                     | |                       | |
 OCTOBER 31TH        | |      R E T U R N      | |
                     | |       T O  T H E      | |
                     | |S T R A T O S P H E R E| |
                     | |                       | |       OCTOBER 31TH,
                     | \-----------------------/ |         14:00 - 15:00 EST
                     |  * * ....            0 0  |

This process of reflection is exactly what we hope is taking place in classrooms across the nation. We invite you and your students to participate in this process. We would enjoy hearing your ideas. Let us know what you would like to see included in this final tape and why. Please send your comments to:


Your students may want to use copies of the programs to make their own one hour video summaries. They can form production teams and discuss what should be included. They can then compare the version with the one which will be broadcaster on October 31. This is an excellent form of reflection on what has been a very unusual and exciting journey.

VIDEOTAPES now available from NASA:

        NASA CORE,  Lorain County JVS
        15181 Route 58 South, Oberlin, OH 44074
        Phone: 216-774-1051, ext 293 or 294;  Fax: 216-774-2144

Programs will be rebroadcast on NASA Television

Return to the Stratosphere, October 31,1995

           ---====|   T E L E C O M P U T I N G   |=====---

Collaborative Projects |


The Star Census project Report 1 is online. The data is presented in a map graphic. Congratulations to all that completed their first reports in time for this display.

Star Census Data reports are due on Oct. 24th. Look for new information from schools in this area soon.

Science Journals: /

This past week, one of the journals provided an unusual link between the past Passport program "Live from Antarctica" and this Year's Astronomy theme. But more importantly, illustrated an important lesson in science.

NASA Scientist Scott Sandford described his adventures in CHASING METEORITES IN ANTARCTICA (LFS #21 update).

"...one of the problems you have to deal with is that you occasionally stumble upon a 'mystery rock' that might be a meteorite... or they might be "junk" rock."

Scott then found an unusual rock:

"It did not look like a terrestrial rock of the type local to the area, and yet it didn't look like a normal meteorite either. ... This rock was a funny sort of greenish-brown...[and] had the characteristic smoothness of a fusion crust, as if the rock had entered the Earth's atmosphere at a very high velocity."

Sending in "junk rocks" can caused you to be teased for thinking that things like penguins droppings are meteorites. Scott's colleagues said for him to ignore the rock because it wasn't a meteorite. But Scott acted on a hunch and took the trouble to extract it and send it in for testing.

It turned out to be a part of the moon!!!

         ++++ The courage to make mistakes
                 is an important part of the
                           makeup of scientists. ++++++

Or as Scott put it:

         "So..., the next time you're worried about doing something that
         may expose you to potential ridicule, you might just stop and
         ask yourself, "How many penguin droppings are worth one lunar


We hope you are enjoying the question and answer service. We know that many of you did not get the opportunity to ask your questions on air but we have made it possible for your students to get answers online. Many very thoughtful questions from students have provided scientists a chance to tell what they do and why they do it.

These personal responses help create a sense of what motivates a person to both ask questions and spend their life looking for answers.


Check our Web site for a range of "Live from the Stratosphere" project materials now available in SPANISH. We would like to hear from you if you are using these materials in bilingual education.

To participate in a discussion with other Spanish speakers, send email to:

In the message body, write these words: subscrine espanol-lfs

/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ STUDENT WORK TO BE HIGHLIGHTED ONLINE:/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

If you look under "KIDS STUFF" on the web page, you will see a coming feature advertised:


This is one section we can't write. We are depending on you and your students to fill the gallery. If you have materials that you would like us to review, please send them by email to


or place the information on disk and mail to:

  Marc Siegel,
  NASA Ames Research Center
  Mailstop T-28H, Moffett Field, CA 94035
  It would be best to send any written material on disk as opposed to
  on paper, if possible.

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           |   | For information on all online features, send Email  |   |
  _-==-_   |   |          To:  info-lfs@quest.arc.nasa.gov           |   |
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/| `--' |___)  |        Gopher Server   quest.arc.nasa.gov           |   |
||      |  |   |       Live From the Stratosphere  Web site          |   |
(___\/___) |___|http://passporttoknowledge.com/lfs.html |___|

PLEASE COPY THIS DISK SERVICE is a service to help those with minimal access to the Internet. Online materials are copied to disks that can be received through postal mail:

                B & R Samizdat Express
                P.O. Box 161
                West Roxbury, MA 02132

                ---====|    T E A C H E R S      |=====---

In the last newsletter we described some of the activities that have been taking place in classrooms. Teachers have been sharing their ideas in discuss-lfs for classroom activities to student evaluation.

We would like encourage teachers to read "After the Field Trip-- Thoughtful Reflections" on page 55 of the Teachers Guide. There are a number of activities that are designed to help students reflect on what they have learned as participants in this electronic field trip.

We are hopeful that students will complete their

                                    *****  Astronomer's Logs ******

...take this opportunity to         ~~~~Reflect on Starstuff,~~~

...write their own original            ==== Space Poetry,=====

... and become involved in            `````Teaching Others.'''''

These activities are all designed to help students get the most out of their electronic field trip to the Stratosphere.

To register, receive the printed Teacher's Guide, other NASA materials on astronomy, an original color poster, the "mini-kit", and to cover postage, and handling please send $10.00 to:

                      LIVE FROM THE STRATOSPHERE
                            P.O. Box 1502
                     Summit, New Jersey  07902-1502


the Information Infrastructure and Technology 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. It is also supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.

Live From the Stratosphere is a Passport to Knowledge project. The video programs are a co-production of GEOFF HAINES-STILES PRODUCTIONS and MARYLAND PUBLIC TELEVISION. "Night Flight to the Stars" is co-presented by WNET/New York.


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|    Live from the     | Coming Soon to a Computer near you.....
|    Stratosphere      | *)////////////X=====================------
|     EVALUATION       |
|       FORMS          |
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    (_____) (_____)

Soon we will be asking you and your students to complete the evaluation forms for this project as well. We will need *everyone* to help with these. Even if you did not use the program with students, we want to know how you participated and your evaluation of the resources.


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