Live from the Hubble Space Telescope
UPDATE # 24
Last week we asked:
ANSWER from Heidi Hammel:
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Challenge Question for this week:
Marc Buie asks:
For an additional level of interactivity, please join us immediately following Tuesday's 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. The fun here should start Tuesday, April 23 at 2:00pm Eastern
For CU-SeeMe folks, tune in to 18.104.22.168 or 22.214.171.124 For WebChatters, visit: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/webchat/hst-chat.html (in the Teacher's Lounge)
We hope to personally connect with you then.
Inadvertently, in LHST #22, we left out the byline to the journal entitled "Skiing and Flowcharts". Oops! That piece was in fact written by Jeane Ryan of NASA Goddard. Apologies to Jeane for missing this the first time around.
The Passport to Knowledge team was in full force at the recent National Science Teachers Association conference in St. Louis. For a photo essay of our adventure there, visit our especially slow-loading Web spot in the Teachers' Lounge: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/nsta/nsta.html
You may have you spotted a little: "Help us improve this page" link on several strategic web pages? The folks at Website Surveys are providing us with this service to help you give us informal feedback on our web. Give it a try!
This is a precursor to the more formal and more important teacher/student project evaluation forms.
April 15, 1996
It's late at night on the 15th, and I haven't been at work since the 10th, because on the evening of the 11th my daughter, Teela Justine, was born. Teela and her mom are both doing great.
I've been catching up on my e-mail. Mark (who leads one of our mini teams) described a problem he was having with the software I just delivered. I'm pretty sure it was just a configuration problem, and suggested some changes he might make to get things working.
Suzanne has a question about a problem the testers found. This turned out to be a real, though minor, problem. When the Ingest software has finished with a dataset, we generate a response file so the OPUS people know we are done. One thing we put in the response file is the date and time at which we finished the ingest. The dates are slightly off, and she knows why, but she had a couple of options for fixing the problem, and wanted my opinion on how to do it. I sent her a quick note about what I thought.
These two problems were minor, but they show the importance of having an independent tester look at our software before it goes into the real system. Fixing these problems on the real system would disrupt the work of many scientists and operations people, so we _really_ need to be sure bad software doesn't slip through.
And now I'm going to be off for three weeks to get to know my baby. I'll still be reading my mail every day or so, and if you send in a question about the Archive, you might get an answer from me. But this'll probably be my last journal for a while.
I'll be sure to do a journal about my first day back -- the shock of working again after a few weeks off will probably be interesting.