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** Exploring Space and Cyberspace **

This week we are taking off for a tour of Jupiter and the stars. Please join us on-air, online and in classrooms. Here is what is happening this week ---

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We hope all of you were able to join us for a very exciting and informative "Pre-Flight Briefing on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory." We had the opportunity to look around inside and out and to meet and talk with the people who will be directing the "Flight to Jupiter" this week. April Whitt and some very talented students helped others show us what is involved in mounting a telescope on a C-141 jet and flying it out beyond the distortion caused by the atmosphere. The flight crew, scientists and technology experts explained how the 36 inch primary mirror gathers light and reflects it through a series of mirrors into a camera which transmits the digitized infrared data to a computer where a image is displayed and recorded.

We know that students feel more a part of the journey if they can ask their own questions as they listen to the questions from students in the video linked sites. All students are invited to send their questions to the people that they are seeing on camera. Fax machines or E-mail provide links for sending students questions. Jake Chaput (Arlington Elementary) comments on his student reactions to their opportunity to pose a question:

My class went wild with enthusiasm when they heard " A question from Arlington Elementary School in Poughkeepsie, NY ..."

We hope that this introduction helped prepare your student for....

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Off to Find Jupiter

Students can track the flight as it leaves Ames Research Center in California on its quest to bring Jupiter and its moon into view for students across the country (see Activity 2E in the Teacher's Guide for more information). If you have online access, you will be able to plot the course by receiving flight data every 5 minutes. (Converting Universal time to local time and noting what happens as time zones are crossed may help students understand why scientists keep there records in Universal Time) With the aid of technology, and some good luck, we should be able to leap aboard the KAO at 2:30 EST somewhere above Florida or the Gulf of Mexico and stay with the crew until they land the KAO in Houston, at Ellington Air Force Base just before 5:00 EST.

The goal of this flight will be to view Jupiter and its moons. Student who have been following along will have studied the obit patterns for Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto and will be ready to match their predictions with images from the KAO.

We hope you will join us for this Passport to Knowledge FIRST ever


The program will air live from 2:30 - 5:00 PM EST Eastern on October 12, 1995. Check local listings to see if your local PBS station will be carrying the program and at what time.

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Discoveries in the Stars

Students will be with the Kuiper Airborne Observatory (virtually) as it travels back from Houston to its home at the NASA Ames Research Center. During the flight, we will explore the life cycle of the stars, looking at "baby pictures" of places in th sky where stars are forming, a middle-aged galaxy half as large as our own Milky Way, and a nebula formed as a star approaches death. In addition, the KAO will study the planet Saturn and its giant moon, Titan.

Across the country, many classes and museums will be holding "Star Parties" and camp-ins. Following the progress of the KAO will be a highlight for these gatherings; in addition, many locally developed activities will help help engage students in the wonders of astronomy and science.

The program will air live from 8:00 PM EST on October 13, 1995 until 1:00 AM on October 14, 1995. Check local listings to see if your local PBS station will be carrying the program and at what time.

ORDERING the Live From the Stratosphere VIDEOTAPES from NASA

The programs will be available shortly (within a 3-5 days) after the live broadcast schedule from:

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

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Live from the Stratosphere experts are ready and willing to answer questions from teachers and students from October 5 through November 17, 1995!! It is easy. Just write a single question in a message and address it to


In the subject field, please put the letters "QA:" before a descriptive subject. Also, provide a sentence of background information to help the experts understand the grade level of your students. The following example should illustrate this idea.

      TO:             question-lfs@quest.arc.nasa.gov
      FROM:           your Email address
      SUBJECT:        QA: How the telescope works


      I am a fifth grader from Oakland, California.  I don't understand
      how you detect water vapor with infrared photography.  Can you explain
      this to me.

      Miai Kayato

To allow for participation from the largest possible number of classes we ask that each teacher send no more than 20 questions during the project. We hope that classrooms discussions and use of the materials will help students frame questions that cannot be answered by other classroom resources.

If you and your students would like to receive all of the questions and answers, you can do this by sending an Email:


        Subject:          (Leave blank)

        subscribe answers-lfs             (type this one line of text)

You can also search the data base for answers to your questions. There are instructions online for how to do this.

===>> Join a Web Chats and or VideoConferencing

Participants connect with each other on our Web page. During the days, students discuss their preflight plans with each other. At night, teachers are communicating with each other and with KAO Telescope Tracker Allan Meyer.

Last Friday, Allen invited classrooms with CUSeeMe technology to join in a videoconference at the KAO hangar on a computer called "Cave", IP =

Here is are Marilyn Wall's comments on this experience:

      "Around 11:30 EDT we set up the computer,camera,and modem,
      typed in the reflector and found ourselves looking in the
      NASA Ames room and at Roger's fifth grade in Austin. Wow,
      it worked! By making this CU SeeMe connection, the
      whole LFS program became "personal" "interactive" experience
      for my students. They felt as if THEY were part of the Ames
      research team."

The Houston Museum of Natural Science invites Live from the Stratosphere schools on the Internet to participate in the October 12 program through the Museum via CU-SeeMe. The Museum will have 10 consoles in a communications center directing questions to the Kuiper Airborne Observatory. Two of these consoles will be targeted for CU-SeeMe participants. For more information send a message to Carolyn Sumners (sumners@alfven.rice.edu).

===>>> Field Journals for Juniors ****NEW FEATURE*****

Field Journals are a regular feature of PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE Electronic field trips. These journals introduce students to the human dimensions of doing science. In feedback from Live from Antarctica, some of our youngest viewers asked for journals that were easier for them to understand. This year we are creating a new feature: Field Journals for Elementary students. The first postings are now online.

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====>>>> discuss-lfs Discussion list now really OPEN!!!

A temporary glitch affected our discuss-lfs list this week blocking many postings that were sent to the list. These postings have reached the list and we are now back in *full force!*

Many members shared their personal classroom experiences focusing on the October 5th broadcast and integration of the LFS activities. Thanks to Roger Stryker, Chris Rowan, Ginny Dexter, Jake Chaput, Marilyn Wall, Margaretha Gebhart, AFC Martine, Pam Berger and others for sharing their input!

Classroom teachers are sharing their excitement about LFS! Many have plans for upcoming sleep-overs, inclusion of local astronomy clubs, invitations extended to local guest experts, involvement with local broadcasting companies. Experienced Internet-using educators like Roger Stryker, Chris Rowan and Marilyn Wall are reaching out and helping those new to this medium by sharing expertise. We have a very organic & rich discussion on discuss-lfs! The Star counting activity is about to begin online so ... Please feel free to join in. We want all teachers and students to feel welcome.



Live From the Stratosphere seeks to include *everyone* in our project through such efforts as our Spanish translation project....

Did you know that the Teacher's Guide bilingual Spanish translation version is available on our web site! You will find some of our web site (including the teacher's guide, diaries, background information, etc.) translated and ready for use at:


More in Spanish Language resources next week...


We want to include all teachers who want to join us....

PLEASE COPY THIS DISK SERVICE.... a service to help those with minimal access to the Internet!

If you would like to have access to our online resources, but have difficulties doing so, or would simply prefer to take advantage of this useful service, you can now order our online resources on diskette from:

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

Diskettes are available in IBM and MAC format (be sure to indicate your preference) for $10.00 per diskette (this fee includes the shipping and handling). You have permission to copy this diskette for other educators in your district! At this time one diskette of materials is available. As our resources grow, there will be additional diskettes made available. B & R Samizdat Express is run by Richard Seltzer who has his own web site at:


You can reach Richard at this email address if you have other questions about his service: seltzer@samizdat.com


These classroom activities from the Teacher's Guide will help students actively participate in Program 3: "The Jupiter Misson."

    Planning the Jupiter Mission
    Digitized Data
    Finding Jupiter's Moons
    The Energy Equation

These classroom activities from the Teacher's Guide will get students ready for Program 4: "Night Flight to the Stars"

    Mapping a Birth Cloud
    Seeing the Invisible
    Whispers from the Ring
    The Case of the Disappearing Rings
    Mapping a Galaxy


                         Online Collaboration on
                     "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"


Please share your data as soon as possible. We hope to have a summary of your work ready to be broadcast on October 12th.

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There is no cost to participate in LIVE FROM THE STRATOSPHERE. It is funded in part, by 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.

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

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