UPDATE # 31a - April 23, 1997
PART 1: Challenge Question #6
PART 2: Script of Television Program (first
PART 3: Subscribing & Unsubscribing: How to
CQ #6: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
Teachers have been telling us (referring back to the vocabulary of CQ
#1) that they think it's very useful for students to compare Earth's
"geology" and Mars' "areology." Now, in preparation for some of the
content of LFM 102 (to air tomorrow, April 24), a more open-ended
question, which will require and receive some subjective, but fair,
judgments from our PTK/Live From Mars CQ staff!
CQ #6: What five features make Mars most like Earth? And, what
five features make Mars most unlike Earth?
We hope students will come up with some geologically correct
answers, but also with some clever, provocative and tongue-in-
You are invited to send original student answers to:
email@example.com. Please include the words CHALLENGE
QUESTION in the subject line of your email. The kids' names will be
listed online and token prizes will be given to those will the best
Answers are due within seven full days of Challenge Question
posting. (e.g. If a CQ is posted on April 23, answers are due by
midnight PDT on April 30.)
A list of answers from all students who submitted them will be
posted on the Live From Mars Web site soon.
SCRIPT OF TELEVISION PROGRAM (FIRST HALF)
Here is the draft script of the television program. Some small
bits may change, but this should provide a fairly good preview for
those who are interested. It is quite lengthy and fill be continued in
Live From Mars "CRUISING BETWEEN THE PLANETS"
To air live from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Thursday, April 24, 1997
Final script as of April 23, 1997
Live guests at JPL are:
DONNA SHIRLEY, Manager of the Mars Exploration Directorate: in
"SANDBOX" and MISSION CONTROL (aka MSA)
BRIAN MUIRHEAD, MPF Deputy Project Manager, in MISSION
ROB MANNING, MPF Surface PATHFINDER CHIEF ENGINEER in
WAYNE LEE, MGS Mission Planner, MGS in "RUMPUS ROOM"
STUDENTS FROM LA USD who will both ASK e-mail questions
AND their own, in "RUMPUS ROOM"
Also note the following abbreviations:
S.N.O.R.T. = Surface Nominal Operations Readiness Test
MPF = Mars Pathfinder (to land July 4)
MGS = Mars Global Surveyor (to orbit beginning 9/97)
JPL = Jet Propulsion Lab. (NASA/Caltech)
MSU = Mississippi State University
PET = LFM's Planet Explorer Toolkit, online activity resulting in kids
taking data about local Earth sites in parallel to MPF work
EDL = Entry, Descent and Landing sequence of MPF, slated for July 4,
TPS = The Planetary Society, sponsor of Red Rover, Red Rover
1) UNDERWRITER ANNOUNCE / VTR (00:15) RT 00:15
Live From Mars IS MADE POSSIBLE BY...
2) TEASE / VTR & LIVE JPL SANDBOX (01:00) RT 01:15
TODAY WE'RE BROADCASTING LIVE FROM NASA'S JET PROPULSION
LABORATORY, NESTLED NEAR PASADENA IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE
SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS IN SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
MANAGED FOR NASA BY CALTECH -- THE CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF
TECHNOLOGY -- JPL IS THE NERVE CENTER FOR ALL AMERICA'S
ROBOTIC EXPLORATIONS OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM.
Low angle buildings
SOME PARTS OF JPL LOOK LIKE A COLLEGE CAMPUS... BUT MULTIPLE
GUARD GATES AND CAREFUL CHECK-IN PROCEDURES REMIND YOU OF
HIGH SECURITY RESEARCH BEING DONE HERE.
JPL HAS BEEN HOME ON EARTH TO THE HONOR ROLL... OF SOLAR
SYSTEM EXPLORERS... PIONEER, MARINER, VIKING, MAGELLAN,
VOYAGER... AND MANY MORE...
Upstairs, etc., to SFOF
AND IT'S FROM HERE THAT MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR AND MARS
PATHFINDER -- NOW SOME CHECK MILLION MILES AWAY IN SPACE --
ARE BEING MONITORED AND CONTROLLED.
back at JPL
MORE GUARDS SECURE SFOF -- THE SPACE FLIGHT OPERATIONS
FACILITY -- CONTROL CENTER FOR NASA'S DEEP SPACE NETWORK,
WHICH LINKS ALL THESE SPACECRAFT TO SCIENTISTS AND
ENGINEERS ON EARTH.
Card reader, elevator
PAST ANOTHER SECURITY CHECK, UP A FEW FLOORS AND THROUGH A
MAZE OF CORRIDORS WE'RE AT PATHFINDER MISSION CONTROL
AND THE SO-CALLED "SANDBOX"...
2A) CUT TO CAMILLE, LIVE CAMERA TO CONTINUE SEQ. AND
ARRIVE AT SANDBOX
FROM WHICH WE'RE COMING TO YOU, LIVE, TODAY, APRIL
HELLO, I'M CAMILLE MOODY.
TODAY IS "TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS TO WORK DAY" >AND< FALLS
WITHIN NSF'S "NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WEEK,"
WHOSE THEME IS "WEBS, WIRES AND WAVES" -- THE FUTURE
see kids in RUMPUS ROOM and workers in MSA
WE HOPE YOU FIND THIS "ELECTRONIC FIELD TRIP" AN EXCITING WAY
FOR STUDENTS ALL ACROSS AMERICA TO VISIT
THIS VERY SPECIAL >WORKPLACE<, USING INTERACTIVE TV
AND THE INTERNET TO CONNECT TO REAL WORLD SCIENCE
AND SCIENTISTS IN REAL TIME
WELCOME TO Live From Mars PROGRAM 2, "CRUISING
BETWEEN THE PLANETS."
3) SHOW OPEN / VTR (01:00) RT 02:15
PTK, AMNH, MSU LOGOS
PROGRAM 2 TITLE
4) Live From Mars UPDATE / VTR (02:30) RT 04:45
scenes from LFM 101, focusing on kids
LAST TIME WE TOOK YOU BEHIND THE SCENES AT CAPE CANAVERAL,
LAUNCH SITE FOR BOTH MARS MISSIONS.
Kids in the flame pit. STUDENTS FROM McNAIR MIDDLE SCHOOL
SHOWED US AROUND THE SHUTTLE PADS...
kids with signs watching the launch, and a quick shot of the rocket
taking off and in flight
...WITNESSED SURVEYOR'S LAUNCH...
kids with hard hats close to the Delta pad
...TOOK US UP CLOSE TO PATHFINDER'S DELTA ROCKET...
at the beginning of the show, they walk into SAEF 2 with Camille,
and the yellow warning light blinks
AND RIGHT UP TO THE HIGH SECURITY CLEAN ROOM WHERE
PROJECT MANAGER TONY SPEAR SHOWED US THE FINAL
PREPARATIONS BEFORE LAUNCH.
Camille gets into bunny boots and goes thru air shower... high, wide
shot shows crew down below TAKING SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS
CAMILLE MOODY AND OUR CAMERAMAN WERE ALLOWED IN TO GIVE YOU
AN INSIDER'S VIEW!
Wayne boxed over Delta on pad, and following box shots
GLOBAL SURVEYOR'S WAYNE LEE DESCRIBED THE ROCKETS THAT
CARRY BOTH MARS MISSIONS AWAY FROM EARTH.
Quick blips of the air bag test, CU of Sojourner roving, etc.
AND WE SAW THE YEARS OF TESTING IT TAKES TO GET SPACECRAFT
"GOOD TO GO."
Classroom scene with bottom super already on it
UP IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, STUDENTS INTERACTED WITH
PATHFINDER PROJECT SCIENTIST MATT GOLOMBEK...
Neil shows CU of meteorite
AND THE AMERICAN MUSEUM'S NEIL TYSON SHOWED US A
METEORITE WHICH HAD COME FROM MARS!
Kids speak to camera, and map/box shots zoom up...
DOWN AT THE CAPE, STUDENTS PASSED ALONG E-MAIL QUESTIONS
FROM ALL ACROSS AMERICA TO TONY, MATT AND WAYNE...
stream-table activity, see variety of kids
AND WE SHOWED HANDS-ON EXPERIMENTS WHICH >YOU< CAN DO
IN CLASS TO SIMULATE THE EXPLORATION OF MARS.
ON DECEMBER 4TH, MARS PATHFINDER TOOK OFF IN A
SPECTACULAR 2:00 A.M. LAUNCH...
ON MARCH 14, 1997, PATHFINDER, TAKING A MORE DIRECT PATH TO
MARS, OVERTOOK GLOBAL SURVEYOR.
BOTH MISSIONS HAVE HAD A FEW GLITCHES TO KEEP JPL
ENGINEERS WORKING HARD, PATHFINDER WITH COMMUNICATIONS,
SURVEYOR WITH STICKY SOLAR PANELS, BUT BOTH NOW SEEM ON
COURSE AND A-OK.
PET imagery, from Lindgren, etc.
DOWN HERE ON EARTH, STUDENTS CREATED THEIR OWN "PLANET
EXPLORER TOOLKITS" SIMULATING HOW MARS SCIENTISTS SELECT
PDI form from the LFM Web site
STUDENTS DEBATED ONLINE, THEN WENT INTO THE FIELD, AND
RECENTLY HAVE SUBMITTED RESULTS, FROM SUSSEX, ENGLAND TO
ALASKA. WE'LL SEE MORE LATER...
Theresa Hall and Joy Selberg footage
MANY SCHOOLS HAVE ALSO WORKED ON "RED ROVER, RED ROVER"
WHICH LETS STUDENTS CONTROL MODEL ROBOTS VIA THE
MEANWHILE ASTRONOMERS AROUND THE WORLD HAVE BEEN
STUDYING MARS DURING ITS CLOSEST APPROACH TO EARTH... THE
HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE PROVIDED THESE GREAT IMAGES...
AND AMATEURS AND STUDENTS WERE ALSO WATCHING...
5) SHOW SET-UP / LIVE JPL (01:00) RT 05:45
CAMILLE in RUMPUS ROOM, with kids
BRIAN in MISSION CONTROL
ROB in SANDBOX
PATHFINDER DEPUTY PROJECT MANAGER BRIAN MUIRHEAD IS
OVER IN PATHFINDER "MISSION CONTROL"... HI BRIAN...
we see him, he waves
AND IN THE SANDBOX ALONG WITH A MOCKUP OF THE LANDER
AND ROVER IS CHIEF ENGINER ROB MANNING...
we see him, he waves
AND WE'VE GOT STUDENTS FROM THE LA UNIFIED SCHOOL
DISTRICT... AND QUESTIONS FROM KIDS AROUND THE
IF YOU WANT TO SEND IN QUESTIONS DURING THIS PROGRAM,
THIS IS THE ADDRESS...
Today, April 24, 1997
send questions to
BUT REMEMBER, THAT'S ONLY GOOD DURING THE NEXT HOUR...
WE'LL TELL YOU LATER HOW TO SEND QUESTIONS AFTER THIS
5A) MARVELLOUS MARS / VTR (00:30) RT
MARS... WHAT'S IN A NAME?
The "Red Planet" was known as "Horus" to the Egyptians... "Ares" to
the Greeks... and "Mars" to the Romans... Mars -- God of War,
Agriculture and the State, and father of Romulus and Remus.
Pathfinder arrives on July 4, 1997... but there's a month that might
be even more appropriate... when and why?
March -- named, of course, for Mars...
6) "FIRST WEEK ON MARS" / LIVE & VTR (03:00) RT 08:45
WELL BRIAN, WE SAID TODAY'S >APRIL 24<, BUT AROUND HERE
PEOPLE THINK IT'S JULY 8TH... WHAT'S GOING ON?
Well, Camille, we're right in the middle of what's called a
"SNORT"... a SURFACE NOMIAL OPERATIONS READINESS TEST
and we've got all the Pathfinder scientists out here at JPL from
around the country... and what we're doing is rehearsing exactly
what we hope will happen during Pathfinder's first week on Mars...
ROB, YOU GUYS CALL WHERE YOU'RE STANDING THE
"SANDBOX"... PLAY AROUND MUCH THERE?
No, we're pretty serious in this sandbox. This is a full-size... see
the airbags... and these rocks... and this is where Sojourner has
gotten by day 4... so that's what we mean by saying it's "July 8."
SO BRIAN, IF YOU'VE GOT ALL THESE SCIENTISTS AND
ENGINEERS OUT HERE, WHERE ARE THEY?
Well, it's not just July 8, it's also 03:00 hours, 3 a.m. in our
simulation, and we kept the team up working all night!
ROB, HOW'S IT BEEN GOING?
We've found a few things that didn't go quite as we expected... this is
a very risky mission... but in fact we're testing the human team as
much as anything else...
roll VTR of scientists debating, discussing, late night, etc...
CAMILLE, BRIAN and ROB ad lib comments on what's been going
on, just as Camille and Bill Fraser did about birds in LFA2
OK, KIDS, WE'VE SEEN WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON HERE, NOW
IT'S TIME FOR YOUR QUESTIONS TO BRIAN MUIRHEAD AND ROB
7) Q&A / LIVE & VTR (04:00) RT 12:45
CAMILLE calls on kids in RUMPUS ROOM, includes 2 live
questions from kids at JPL (RUMPUS ROOM)
THE FIRST QUESTION IS FROM WASHINGTON, DC
What did you use to test the Pathfinder if there's no atmosphere here
the atmospher on Mars?
My question is: does the Sojourner Rover have artificial
intelligence on board to guide it since it takes 20 minutes to
transfer data between the Rover and Earth?
AND THE FIRST QUESTION FROM ONE OF OUR LOS ANGELES
How do you know that the Rover is going to land rightside up so
that it can drive? What are you going to do if the rover turns over or
on its side? Are their any provisions for righting it?
direct to 2nd LAUSD student
Can the camera on the Rover be raised and/or lowered to get
different views? Is there a range finder built into the camera to
help determine distances and angles? If not, how do you do that?
AND THIS JUST IN... BY E-MAIL...
LAUSD student reads EMAIL:
Brian Ganter, a student at the Kessler School in Helena, Montana
emailed this question: "Are the Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner
prepared for any kind of weather conditions on Mars?"
Direct to 2nd LAUSD e-mail
Students from Mr. Farmer's class at Mack Elementary School in
Ann Arbor, Michigan emailed the following questions:
Could you tell us a little more about the Alpha Proton X-Ray
Spectrometer (we call it the 'sniffer') and how it works? Does it
really sniff rocks and will it be able to detect any chemicals which
are necessary for life?
Camille leads to tape:
GREAT QUESTIONS KIDS... AND GREAT ANSWERS, GUYS!
WELL, WE SAW A LITTLE OF JPL EARLIER IN THE VIDEO, BUT
SINCE WE'RE INSIDE THIS WINDOWLESS AREA WE THOUGHT
WE SHOULD SHOW YOU MORE OF WHERE WE ARE, SINCE JPL
IS "DISCOVERY CENTRAL" FOR ALL AMERICA'S UNMANNED
MISSIONS TO THE PLANETS...
OVER TO MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR MISSION PLANNER WAYNE
LEE AND ROB MANNING, TO SHOW US AROUND...
8) JPL TOUR / VTR (04:30) RT 17:15
Wayne Lee and Rob Manning take us behind the scenes at JPL and
show us sites associated with MPF and JPL's "Greatest Hits"
8A) MARVELLOUS MARS #2 / VTR (00:30) RT
Highest Temperature: 17 Celsius / 63 F.
Lowest Temperature: -143 Celsius / -225 F.
Martian Year: 687 Earth days
Martian Day: 24 hours 37 minutes
9) ANATOMY OF A S/C / LIVE & VTR (04:00) RT 21:15
DONNA SHIRLEY IN SANDBOX, W/ CAMILLE
THANKS, GUYS... GREAT. NOW IT'S TIME TO GET UP CLOSE TO
THE THE SPACECRAFT THAT SHOULD "STAR" IN THE WEEK OF
JULY 4TH... PATHFINDER...
AND DONNA SHIRLEY IS THE PERSON WHO'S SHEPHERDED IT
FROM DESIGN TO LAUNCH TO CRUISE...
DONNA, WHAT HAVE WE GOT HERE?
DONNA describes Pathfinder... gets up close and points out the
CAMERA system... we roll in tape showing how IMP builds up its
we see the WEATHER MAST and the conical wind vanes... get a kid to
blow on them...
DONNA, THAT'S GREAT... WE'LL GET TO MEET THE SOJOURNER
ROVER A LITTLE LATER... AND STUDENTS WILL BE ASKING YOU
QUESTIONS IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS...
IN FACT YOU WILL BE ANSWERING LOTS MORE QUESTIONS
LATER TODAY... WHAT'S THAT ALL ABOUT?
talks about the online WebChat for TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS TO
WORK day, and we give the LFM Web address, as a poiner to the
SO THAT'S AN INTRODUCTION TO MARS PATHFINDER AND
SOME OF ITS INSTRUMENTS... AND DONNA, BRIAN, ROB AND
THEIR COLLEAGUES ARE THE PEOPLE WHO PUT IT ALL TOGETHER.
BUT YOU STUDENTS OUT THERE ALSO HAD THE CHANCE TO
DESIGN AN INSTRUMENT PACKAGE, DEPLOY IT TO EXPLORE A
SITE ON A NEARBY PLANET -- EARTH -- AND SEE WHAT KIND OF
DATA YOU COULD OBTAIN.
CAMILLE AND DONNA MOVE TO MISSION CONTROL AREA,
ALLOWING ROB TO GET SET-UP IN THE SANDBOX.
10) PET REPORT / LIVE and VTR (02:34) RT 23:15
Camille reviews student involvement in PET, shows what kids have
done (relate to kick-off msg from MATT, and note scientist mentors
througout) and sets Mystery Site challenge.
Opening graphic with text I.D.
WE CALLED IT THE "PLANET EXPLORER TOOLKIT" AND CLASSES
ACROSS AMERICA AND OVERSEAS PARTICIPATED.
STUDENTS DEBATED WHAT TOOLS TO INCLUDE, FIRST IN CLASS,
AND THEN ONLINE.
JUST AS ON PATHFINDER, THERE WAS A SIZE AND BUDGET
RESTRICTION... IN OUR CASE, THE INSTRUMENTS HAD TO FIT WITHIN
A REGULAR SHOEBOX, AND THE TOTAL PACKAGE COULDN'T COST
MORE THAN $200 -- BUT WE EXPECTED SCHOOLS TO >BORROW< NOT
BUY THE INSTRUMENTS.
84 PROPOSALS WERE RECEIVED, OVER 3,000 STUDENTS ACTIVELY
PARTICIPATED, SUGGESTING MORE THAN 350 UNIQUE TOOLS!
THE ONLINE DISCUSSIONS WERE MENTORED BY SPACE SCIENTISTS,
INCLUDING ONE PATHFINDER MISSION PLANNER.
TEACHERS AND STUDENTS DEBATED THE BEST CHOICES, AND
EVENTUALLY ARRIVED AT A STANDARD TOOLKIT OF SOME 14
INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING THERMOMETER, DISPOSABLE CAMERA
AND AN ANEMOMETER TO MEASURE WIND SPEED AND DIRECTION --
JUST AS ON PATHFINDER!
IN EARLY APRIL, STUDENTS "LAUNCHED" THEIR INSTRUMENT
KEN GRANGER'S 5TH GRADE IN MORRIS, MINNESOTA, WENT OUT IN
THE SNOW... SAMPLED SOIL AND VEGETATION... COLLECTED WATER
SAMPLES... CHECKED TEMPERATURES AT 3 DIFFERENT HEIGHTS,
JUST AS PATHFINDER WILL DO... TOOK PICTURES... AND THEN
ANALYZED THE SAMPLES BACK AT SCHOOL, AS IF OPERATING A
FUTURE SAMPLE RETURN MISSION. DOWN IN WET AND WARMER
GEORGIA, RHONDA TOON'S 3RD
GRADERS FOLLOWED THE SAME PROCEDURES WITH THE SAME SET
TEACHERS REPORTED STUDENTS FROM 2ND THROUGH 12TH
GRADES FOUND IT EXCITING AND INSTRUCTIVE TO PLAN AN
EXPLORATION, FOLLOWING THE ONLINE DISCUSSIONS,
COMPROMISING PERSONAL PREFERENCES WITH AN EXTENDED
TEAM OF COLLABORATORS, SELECTING INSTRUMENTS, AND THEN
ACTUALLY COLLECTING DATA.
IN LA CENTER, WASHINGTON, BONNIE LOCK'S 8TH GRADE TOOK
THEIR SHOEBOX TOOLKIT ON THE ROAD.
THEY NOT ONLY MEASURED SOIL AND WATER, BUT ALSO WORMS
AND WILDLIFE -- WHICH SO FAR WE'VE NOT SEEN ON MARS!
UP IN MASSACHUSETTS, DELAYED A WEEK BY A LATE SPRING
SNOWSTORM, CHARLIE LINDGREN'S 8TH GRADERS WENT OUT TO
THE SHORE, TAKING MEASUREMENTS WHICH SHOW HOW VERY
DIFFERENT SITES ON EARTH CAN BE.
10A) CAMILLE LIVE on camera (MISSION CONTROL!) RT
WE HOPE YOU STUDENTS DISCOVERED FOR YOURSELVES
THAT WHAT YOU FIND OUT ABOUT AN "ALIEN SITE" DEPENDS
ON THE INSTRUMENTS YOU CHOSE TO STUDY IT...
AND THAT ANY >ONE< SITE CAN'T EASILY CHARACTERIZE AN
NOW COMES ANOTHER EXCITING CHALLENGE OPEN TO ALL OF
SEE IF YOU CAN DETECT PATTERNS IN PLANETARY DATA, AND
SOLVE A CHALLENGE.
Web site address graphic:
Live From Mars
World Wide Web
ONLINE YOU'LL FIND DATA FROM 5 "MYSTERY SITES", ALL
CATEGORIZED BY ONE OF OUR PLANET EXPLORER TOOLKITS.
YOUR MISSION, WHICH WE SURE HOPE YOU'LL >CHOOSE TO ACCEPT<, IS
OUT WHERE THESE SITES ARE!
CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE, UNDER "FEATURED EVENTS", FOR
FULL INFORMATION, AND SUBMIT YOUR ANSWERS ONLINE!
THERE'LL BE WINNERS AT ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
WIN OR LOSE, YOU'LL BE SIMULATING THE WORK OF REAL
WORLD SCIENTISTS -- TRYING TO UNDERSTAND A PLANET
FROM LIMITED DATA!
10A) MARVELLOUS MARS #3 / VTR (00:30) RT
BIGGER, LONGER, DEEPER!
"Vallis Marineris", named for the Mariner 9 spacecraft which imaged
it in 1972. 4,000 kilometers long, large enough to stretch from New
York to Los Angeles, and 7 kilometers deep...
Now as we "fly" through this computer simulation of Vallis
Marineris, you have 10 seconds to estimate...
HOW MUCH >LONGER< AND >DEEPER< IS THIS VALLEY THAN
EARTH'S GRAND CANYON???
Arizona's Grand Canyon is 277 kilometers long and 1.6 kilometers
deep, so Vallis Marineris is about 14 times longer, and 4 times
11) "MY MARS" LIVE / STILL STORE (02:00) RT 25:15
CAMILLE AND DONNA IN MISSION CONTROL!
WELL, DONNA, YOU'VE BUILT AND LAUNCHED A REAL-WORLD
"PLANET EXPLORER TOOLKIT"... WHAT DO WE ALREADY KNOW
ABOUT MARS, AND WHAT DO YOU THINK IS MOST INTERESTING
ABOUT WHAT WE MIGHT FIND OUT IN THE COMING YEARS?
Donna refers to some of her favorite Mars images, and interacts
with Camille, to provide areological data... comparing and
contrasting Earth and Mars.
WELL, I CAN SEE WHY YOU FIND MARS SO FASCINATING... BUT
NOW IT'S TIME FOR STUDENT QUESTIONS ONCE AGAIN...
12) Q&A: MARS THE PLANET / LIVE & VTR (04:00) RT 29:15
We would like to know... how do you put a mission like this
together, exactly what is the very first step? the payload? the
budget? the design of the spacecraft?
OK, NEXT QUESTION FROM OUT IN WASHINGTON STATE!
My name is Jeremy Rosenblum and I was wondering why NASA
doesn't start terraforming Mars now?
OVER TO YOU, LOS ANGELES...
Why didn't you include an arm to scoop up rock samples and why
isn't this a return mission to bring back samples?
NOW THANKS TO IOWA PUBLIC TELEVISION, WHERE THE
WHOLE STATE'S WATCHING... LIVE FROM SIOUX CENTER!
SIOUX CENTER AUDIO UPLINK QUESTION
How does last summer's discovery of the Mars Meteorite in
Antarctica affect future Mars Missions?
AND THIS E-MAIL QUESTION...
LA USD kid reads:
Rex, Christina, and Yi-Ying, Rover Project Team Leaders in the 5th
Grade, Encinal School, Atherton, CA ask:
What were the most important feaures about the surface of Mars
that you had to think about when you designed the Sojourner?
MORE E-MAIL TO COME!!!
AS WE SAID, DONNA WILL BE ONLINE ANSWERING MORE
QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE AN ENGINEER, AND
MOTHER OF A FIRST YEAR COLLEGE STUDENT. LATER... BY THE
WAY DONNA... IS THAT YOUR DAUGHTER?
DONNA describes her "student shadow"!
WELCOME, WHITNEY... WE'LL PUT YOU TO WORK ON SOME E-MAIL
NOW IT'S TIME TO MEET THE LANDER'S MOBILE SIDEKICK...
SOJOURNER... AND TO TELL US ABOUT IT, WHO BETTER THAN
BRIAN COOPER, WHO'LL BE THE PRINCIPAL DRIVER DOWN HERE
ON EARTH FOR THAT FIRST WEEK...
13) ROVING ROUND MARS / LIVE & VTR (04:00) RT 33:15
BRIAN COOPER VTR sequence... VR
CAMILLE IN SANDBOX WITH ROB MANNING...
WELL ROB, THAT'S THE WAY IT'S S'POSED TO BE... DID IT RUN QUITE
THAT SMOOTHLY ON THIS WEEK'S TEST?
ROB describes the events of SNORT...
CAMILLE to camera:
THANKS BRIAN... WELL, DRIVING SOJOURNER
FOR REAL OBVIOUSLY INVOLVES ADVANCED COMPUTERS.
BUT STUDENTS ACROSS AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD
ALSO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTROL ROBOT
EXPLORERS AND SIMULATE, HANDS-ON, SOME PRETTY
EXCITING ASPECTS OF PLANETARY EXPLORATION.
14) RED ROVER, RED ROVER / VTR (03:00) RT 35:15
Super graphic over CU of Rover on "Mars"...
text: "RED ROVER, RED ROVER"
THE PROJECT IS CALLED "RED ROVER, RED ROVER" AND IS
COORDINATED BY THE PLANETARY SOCIETY, A PUBLICLY-SUPPORTED
GROUP PROMOTING THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE.
Kids at La Canada
THESE 5TH GRADERS AT PARADISE CANYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
IN LA CANADA, JUST A FEW MILES FROM JPL, ARE A PRINCIPAL RED
See backdrop, volcanoes, etc.
WITH PARENT SUPPORT, THEY'VE BUILT A LANDSCAPE THAT
RESEMBLES MARS. USING A KIT OF PARTS FROM LEGO DACTA, AND
AN INEXPENSIVE CAMERA, THEY BUILD A SIMPLE REMOTELY-
BUT THE MOST EXCITING THING IS THAT THIS ROVER IN CALIFORNIA
IS ACTUALLY BEING DRIVEN BY STUDENTS AT INDIAN HILLS SCHOOL
IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH!
Computers, technology, kids at work, etc.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS.
THESE STUDENTS IN UTAH CALL UP THE REMOTE RED ROVER SITE
OVER THE INTERNET.
USING SIMPLE CONTROLS, THEY'RE ABLE TO DRIVE THE ROVER IN
CALIFORNIA IN REAL TIME. JUST LIKE BRIAN COOPER, THEY HAVE TO
FIGURE OUT WHERE THEY WANT TO GO... AND WHAT ROUTE LOOKS
SOME SITES FIND IT'S FUN TO HIDE OBJECTS, JUST AS FOSSILS MAY
BE HIDDEN BELOW SURFACE ON MARS, CREATING A KIND OF
ROBOTIC TREASURE HUNT...
Scenes of kids having fun, frustration, triumph -- perhaps split
screen from the two sites.
UNLIKE SOJOURNER, "RED ROVERS" HAVE NO ARTIFICIAL
INTELLIGENCE, SO HOW CLEVERLY >YOU< DRIVE DETERMINES HOW FAR
YOU GET, AND IF YOU GET STUCK!
Scenes in the CA classroom.
MEANWHILE STUDENTS IN CALIFORNIA CAN DRIVE OTHER ROVERS
AROUND THE WORLD! THE CAMERAS BRING BACK IMAGES OF THE
ALIEN LANDSCAPE, JUST LIKE SOJOURNER WILL BRING US MARS.
STUDENTS PRACTISE TEAMWORK, COORDINATION, LEARN THE
PRINCIPLES OF ROBOTICS... AND HAVE A LOT OF FUN.
THERE ARE SITES IN THE UK, AND IN SCANDINAVIA... AND MORE AND
MORE SCIENCE MUSEUMS ARE CREATING INTERACTIVE SITES -- SO
THIS SUMMER, FIND THE CLOSEST SITE, AND GO OUT AND TRY YOUR
14A) CAMILLE / LIVE to camera
WELL, REMEMBER WE SAID WE HAD PRIZES FOR THE PLANET
EXPLORER TOOLKIT WINNERS?
EACH CLASS WILL BE GETTING A "RED ROVER" STARTER KIT,
COURTESY OF THE PLANETARY SOCIETY AND "LIVE FROM
MARS"... GOOD LUCK, AND GET THOSE ROBOTS ROVING!
THIS SUMMER, WE HOPE IT'LL BE PATHFINDER THAT'S IN THE
LAST SUMMER IT WAS METEORITES FROM MARS... AND THE
POSSIBILITY OF FINDING EVIDENCE OF MICROSCOPIC FOSSIL
LIFE. ODDLY ENOUGH, THAT STORY TAKES US WAY DOWN
SOUTH TO THE SITE OF OUR EARLIER "LIVE FROM" ELECTRONIC
FIELD TRIP... ANTARCTICA!
To be continued in LFM #31b
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