UPDATE # 45 - July 11, 1997
PART 1: July WebChat Schedule
JULY WEBCHAT SCHEDULE
Tuesday, July 15, 7 a.m., Pacific, Peter Thomas Peter, a research scientist at Cornell University, studies pictures of other planets and satellites sent back by spacecraft. His particular interest is in Mars and how the wind shapes the surface by moving sand and dust, sometimes in global storms, and how the polar caps have affected Mars' geology and climate. Peter will fill us in on the current climate on Mars. Read Peter's bio and journals at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/team/thomas.html Tuesday, July 22, 9 a.m., Pacific, Jack Farmer Jack is an exopaleontologist--a searcher for fossils on other worlds. His most important contribution to the Pathfinder mission to date was to recommend the landing site at the mouth of Ares Vallis (a large outflow channel). While it is unlikely that Pathfinder will discover fossil remains of ancient life forms, it may allow us to determine if the right kinds of rocks are present, that is, rocks of sedimentary origin that could harbor a microfossil record. Read Jack's bio and journals at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/team/farmer.html Due to the large number of anticipated participants, it is necessary for you to register for WebChats in order to participate. All you need to do is RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org no less than 24 hours in advance in order to reserve a space for yourself. You will receive confirmation of our registration and a password to enter the chat room. If the chat rooms are full by the time you register, you can still participate by observing the chat from the observation room.
TOUCHDOWN +6!: AVAILABLE SOON ON VIDEO
While many of us were deeply disappointed when NASA-TV did not carry "Touchdown +6!," live as scheduled, this broadcast will soon be available on videotape for you to purchase. More details should be available by the time of next week's Updates-lfm. NASA intends to reschedule the full two-hour coverage of both "Touchdown" (LFM 3A) and "Touchdown +6!" (LFM 3B) after completion of this current shuttle mission, either on July 17 or 18. The plan is to air the broadcasts, one after the other, starting at 1 p.m., Eastern and continuing at 2 p.m., Eastern and then repeating the coverage. Stay tuned for more details... Here is a sampling of what you will see and hear... Live from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Mars Exploration Program Manager Donna Shirley gives us a visual tour of the landing site on Mars and describes what Sojourner is up to and her future plans. LFM host David Seidel asks Donna how her dreams of Mars and the real pictures from Mars match up. Donna's response, "It's just unbelievable, it's beyond my wildest dreams! That everything would go so smoothly, that everything would go so perfectly, and that it would be so spectacular! I mean, this is Matt Golombeck's place. He's the project scientist who picked this site and really had to work hard to sell people on landing in such an interesting place and it's really paid off!" Mission Manager Richard Cook describes the young team that made Mars Pathfinder happen and the camaraderie they developed in seeing this project through. "Pathfinder represents a real opportunity to go from the very beginning of a project, all the way through the operation and go to the very end. The time frame is just five years!" The enthusiasm of the Mars team and the fact that we all know them through their bios and journals really comes through in this broadcast. In addition to meeting many of the team members, kids from all across the country asked and emailed questions.
PATHFINDER BRIEFINGS AVAILABLE FROM C-SPAN
Videotapes of the NASA-TV Mars Pathfinder Mission press conferences are available from C-SPAN. Below is a list of the press conference dates, tape length and price. 7/2 1 hr 25 min $45.00 7/4 48 min $29.95 7/4 56 min $29.95 7/5 50 min $29.95 7/6 1 hr 13 min $45.00 7/7 1 hr 24 min $45.00 7/8 1 hr 26 min $45.00 7/9 46 min $29.95 To contact C-SPAN call: 1-800-277-2698, select #2.
MARS PATHFINDER UPDATE
July 11, 1997 For the most current science results and weather reports from Sagan Memorial Station and Sojourner, and to see the most recent images of Yogi and Scooby-Doo, visit the Mars Pathfinder Web site at: http://mars.sgi.com/default.html
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