Live from the Hubble Space Telescope
UPDATE # 23A (Special edition on the upcoming television program)
PART 1: Watching the program
PART 2: CU-SeeMe and Webchat party immediately following
PART 3: Asking questions during the program
PART 4: Television script: Introduction (1 of 4)
The time is rapidly approaching for our final television program. The
program "Announcing YOUR Results" will air on Tuesday, April 23 analysis
of our original Hubble data and the resulting conclusions.
The best bet for viewing the program in the United States and Canada
is your local PBS station. Many stations are carrying the program live.
Other options include NASA TV (via local cable systems) or educational
The program will also be available on two separate satellites. PBS will
broadcast on the Ku-band via Telstar 401 (97 degrees West, transponder
8, horizontal, 11915 Mhz, audio on 6.2 and 6.8) NASA TV will broadcast
on the C-band via Spacent 2 (69 degrees West, transponder 5, channel 9,
horizontal, 3880 Mhz, audio on 6.8)
Internationally, the program will be broadcast over parts of the USIA
Worldnet. Times may vary, so your best bet is to check with your local
USIA source (check US Consulates or distance-learning universities). The
only positive confirmation presently is in Latin America; there the program
will be broadcast live with a simultaneous Spanish translation via Intelsat
601, 332.5 degrees E, West Hemi Beam, 3995 MHZ, transponder 14, NTSC
Also, the program will be sent via digitized video over the Internet.
This option preserves the live aspect of the programming, but the result
will suffer from reduced video and audio quality. Various technologies
will be employed.
The program will be piped into the MBONE from NASA Ames; check your
MBONE scheduling tools for details.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is again supporting the broadcasts
for CU-SeeMe; check 220.127.116.11
For an additional level of interactivity, please join us immediately
following the broadcast for an unrehearsed celebration. Heidi Hammel,
Marc Buie, Space Telescope personnel and Passport to Knowledge folks will
all be on hand to discuss what we've just learned. It should be a swell
way to wind down from the excitement of the television program.
For CU-SeeMe folks, tune in to 18.104.22.168 or 22.214.171.124 For
WebChatters, visit this page. (in
the Teacher's Lounge)
We hope to personally connect with you then.
During the live television program, we will be accepting questions on
Since time is very limited during the television program, only a small
number of questions will actually be able to be read on-air. So we hope
you will not be too disappointed if your question is not chosen. Mail
your questions here.
We will also accept questions via FAX; the number to use for this is
Please do not send email or FAXs before the start of the program. Your
question has the best chance of being used if it directly relates to the
topics being covered in the program.
We plan to have any questions not selected for use during the program
be forwarded automatically to the Researcher Q&A service for processing.
In this way, ALL questions will be addressed, either live during the broadcast
or shortly there after via email.
Jan Wee has prepared some helpful hints for preparing good questions:
As you prepare your students for the upcoming and final telecast of
the Live From the Hubble Space Telescope project, you may be making a
list of questions that can be sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org
email address for possible inclusion during the live program.
The purpose of this message is to help your students formulate *good*
questions that are more likely to be selected and used on camera during
the telecast. The key elements in preparing the type of questions that
may be selected for use are:
- Is the question RELEVANT to the CONTENT of the April 23rd program?
- The focus of this broadcast, "Announcing Your Results" includes
the following key areas:
- The new Neptune and Pluto findings based on the three HST
- Interplanetary Weather and the role HST plays in serving as
an Interplanetary Weather satellite
- The connection between astronomy and weather
- The use of imaging software (NIH for students) and the process
of analyzing HST images (including from data to color images,
the use of filters, how images are formed from pixels)
- Weather on Earth vs Weather on Neptune and Pluto (seasonal
- Unique/intriguing features of Neptune and Pluto
- Is the question one that explores NEW, previously not asked content-related
Here is a list of the questions asked during the first broadcast.
We will be looking for questions that are different and interesting
to pose to Heidi Hammel and Marc Buie!
QUESTIONS ASKED DURING THE MARCH 14TH TELECAST
- DOES SOLAR ACTIVITY AFFECT THE HUBBLE?
- HOW MUCH DID IT COST TO BUILD, LAUNCH, AND SERVICE THE HST?
- WILL THE HST BE ABLE TO SEE THE SURFACE OF JUPITER AND BE ABLE
TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE DONE BY THE ASTEROIDS THAT HIT A YEAR AGO?
- HOW DOES THE HUBBLE TURN TO FOCUS -- DOES IT USE ROCKET BOOSTERS?
- WHAT DOES THE HUBBLE ORBIT LOOK LIKE AND AT WHAT SPEED DOES IT
- HAS THE NEW INFORMATION FROM PLUTO HELPED US TO KNOW HOW THE SOLAR
- FROM PREVIOUS PICTURES, WHAT CAN YOU TELL ABOUT NEPTUNE AND PLUTO'S
- WHAT ARE THE VARIATIONS IN THE WINDS ON NEPTUNE'S SURFACE?
- WAHT TIPS OR SUGGESTIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR KIDS WHO WANT TO BE INVOLVED
IN THE SPACE INDUSTRY?
- WHAT IS THE SMALLEST DETAIL THAT CAN BE SEEN ON NEPTUNE?
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COLOSSAL STORMS ON NEPTUNE
AND THE STORMS ON OUR EARTH?
- HOW WILL THIS NEW DATA DETERMINE IF PLUTO IS A PLANET?
- COULD THE BLACK CLUSTERS ON PLUTO BE CAUSED BY FROST MOVEMENT
OR SUBLIMATING NITROGEN GEYSERS? WHAT INSTRUMENTS COULD HELP US
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS?
- HOW IS DOPPLER EFFECT AND SPECTRAL ANALYSIS USED TO HELP DETERMINE
THE SPEED OF THE SCOOTER/WINDS ON NEPTUNE?
- HOW ARE YOU GOING TO USE THE NEPTUNE IMAGES FOR THE LATER MISSIONS?
- IS THERE A SCOOTER ON NEPTUNE? (in the new images)
- WHAT IS THE TYPICAL LIFETIME OF A STORM ON NEPTUNE?
- HOW OFTEN DO PICTURES OF NEPTUNE HAVE TO BE TAKEN TO UNDERSTAND
- Is the question CONCISE and CLEARLY WORDED?
Time is of the essense when selecting questions to use during the
program. This increases the value of questions that are clearly worded
I hope that these pointers will help you and your students create a
list of questions that fit the "model question" for incorporating into
the program. During the March 14th program over 200 questions were sent
to the email@example.com email address and only a small number
of these questions can be used during the program. Please be aware that
your student's questions will have a much better chance of being selected
if the above three pointers are keep in mind!
Jan Wee, Education Outreach Coordinator
LHST 103, SCRIPT/RUNDOWN, AS OF April 19, 1996-SUBJECT TO CHANGE
PROGRAM 103: "Announcing YOUR Results"
LIVE UPLINKS: STScI, LA, Pittsburgh, CU-SeeMe from Japan, VTR questions
LI>UNDERWRITER: VTR (00:20) student announcer:
"LIVE FROM THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE" IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THE
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION...THE NATIONAL SCIENCE
FOUNDATION... PBS K-12 LEARNING SERVICES AND PUBLIC TELEVISION
- THE LHST "STORY" -- SO FAR: VTR (00:51)
v.o. Satellite intro stings
PREVIOUSLY ON "LIVE FROM THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE"...
STUDENTS AND TEACHERS INTERACTED WITH SOME OF AMERICA'S FOREMOST
ASTRONOMERS. WORKING TOGETHER, THEY REACHED A CONSENSUS TO OBSERVE
NEPTUNE FOR TWO ORBITS... AND PLUTO FOR ONE...
THEN OUR "FIRST LOOK" -- STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND VIEWERS ALIKE SAW
THE NEW DATA AT EXACTLY THE SAME TIME AS NEPTUNE "ADVOCATE" HEIDI
...AND PLUTO "ADVOCATE" MARC BUIE.
WE WERE JOINED, LIVE, BY STUDENTS IN GERMANY -- HUBBLE'S HOME IN
EUROPE -- AND IN WASHINGTON STATE... AND WITH E-MAIL QUESTIONS FROM
ACROSS AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD.
SINCE THEN OUR ASTRONOMERS HAVE BEEN HARD AT WORK FIGURING OUT JUST
WHAT IT ALL MEANS...
to live event:
- WELCOME: LIVE/STScI (00:20)
BILL GUTSCH at STScI, amid kids in audience. wide establishing shot
from rear, then cut to wide shot,
... AND MANY OF >YOU< HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING ALONG, OVER THE INTERNET.
NOW IT'S TIME TO SEE THE END PRODUCT OF ALL OUR EFFORTS.
I'M BILL GUTSCH. WELCOME TO OUR FINAL "LIVE FROM HUBBLE" PROGRAM,
"ANNOUNCING >YOUR< RESULTS".
- TITLES: VTR (00:20)
student announcer: graphics: music
PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE PRESENTS, "LIVE FROM THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE"
PROGRAM THREE ANNOUNCING >YOUR< RESULTS
- SHOW AND SITES INTRO: LIVE/STScI (00:40)
- Gutsch at STScI, amid kids in audience, throws to... SASHA wide establishing
shot from rear, then cut to wide shot,
WE'VE GOT NEARLY 200 YOUNGSTERS WITH US HERE IN THE MAIN AUDITORIUM
OF THE SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE, IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND...
to the kids grouped around him:
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
NEW YORK CITY!
BACK WITH US ONCE MORE IS HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE, SASHA HAINES-STILES
- SASHA and HEIDI: LIVE/STScI (00:30) front of auditorium, stage right:
wide shot, cut tight
SASHA amid 1-2 other kids surrounding HEIDI
HI, BILL, I'M HERE WITH MIT ASTRONOMER, HEIDI HAMMEL...
WE'VE BEEN WORKING HARD ON THE DATA WE GOT DURING THE LAST LIVE PROGRAM...
AND WE THINK WE'VE GOT SOME PRETTY INTERESTING RESULTS TO SHARE WITH
NOW OVER TO CAMILLE, OUT IN LA...
- CAMILLE: LA INTRO: LIVE & VTR/LA (00:45) map graphic and Lincoln High
exterior (VTR) see Camille amid kids at computer(s), with Jan Freed
I'M HERE AT LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL, IN EAST LOS ANGELES. TEACHER JAN FREED
AND NEARLY 100 9TH GRADERS HAVE GOTTEN INVOLVED WITH "LIVE FROM HUBBLE"...
WHAT ARE YOU GUYS UP TO?
CAMILLE throws to BRIAN:
WE'LL BE BACK LATER ON... OVER TO BRIAN IN BALTIMORE...
- BRIAN and MARC: PLUTO INTRO: LIVE/STScI
MARC BUIE with Pluto model, BRIAN SCOTT, and comments
HI, I'M BRIAN SCOTT FROM CLEAR BROOK HIGH SCHOOL IN HOUSTON, TEXAS.
YOU LAST SAW ME UP IN THE STRATOSPHERE ABOARD THE KUIPER AIRBORNE OBSERVATORY.
NOW ONE OF MY JOBS IS TO INTRODUCE MARC BUIE...
LIKE HEIDI, I THINK WE'VE GOT SOME PRETTY NEAT RESULTS ON PLUTO...
AND TODAY YOU'RE GOING TO BE THE FIRST IN THE WORLD TO FIND OUT THE
LATEST NEWS ON OUR SOLAR SYSTEM'S MOST MYSTERIOUS PLANET -- AND STILL
MY PERSONAL FAVORITE!
map graphic and Buhl exterior VTR
BILL: AND OVER TO OUR LAST LIVE SITE, PITTSBURGH'S BUHL PLANETARIUM...
- PITTSBURG INTRO: LIVE/PBG (01:30)
Martin Ratcliffe and students in the Buhl Planetarium at the Carnegie
SOME OF OUR STUDENTS WERE INVOLVED IN THE "GREAT PLANET DEBATE" WHICH
STARTED THIS WHOLE PROJECT... BUT TODAY THEY'RE GOING TO >BE< PLANETS.
Martin holds up copy of Guide: full screen graphic shows Activity 1C
heading, and distance chart:
AS SUGGESTED IN THE "LIVE FROM HUBBLE" TEACHERS GUIDE, WE'VE SCALED
OUR ENTIRE SOLAR SYSTEM TO SPREAD OUT ACROSS THIS PLANETARIUM.
KIDS, WHAT'S GOING ON?
Kids explain, and camera follows them across the planetarium...
AD LIB SCRIPT FROM TEACHER AND STUDENT, BASED ON 4-17 REHEARSAL.
- BRIAN and CU-SeeMe VIDEO LINK: LIVE & VTR /STScI
"Ohiyo gozaimus" from Japan: rolling video of map graphic and Suginami
exterior shows Suginami and the kids:
IF ALL GOES WELL THIS COMPUTER SHOULD KEEP US IN TOUCH WITH JAPAN, AND
HOUSTON, AND A FEW MORE SITES, USING A TECHNOLOGY CALLED "CU-SEEME".
HELLO TOKYO, I CAN SEE YOU, CAN YOU "SEE ME"?
Ohio gozaimus... Yes, we can see you.
WHAT'S THE TIME IN JAPAN?
It's just after three in the morning!
WELL, WE >REALLY< THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO SCIENCE AND ASTRONOMY!
WE'LL BE BACK TO YOU SOON.