Appendix A: Live From...Other Worlds

A1 Project sign-up dates

A2 Schedule of update reports (Oct.Dec. 1993)

Dale Dive Diaries
October 15: Arrived in New Zealand
October 19: Antarctic driver's license
October 21: Descriptions of the first two dives
October 23: Cape Evans dive
November 2: Underwater details
November 30: Diving the Wall; also Thanksgiving in Antarctica
December 13: Packing for home
Dr. Strokers Project Status Reports
October 13 First contact from Antarctica
October 14 Weather Condition 3; setting up equipment
October 15 Undersea robot called TROV working
October 24 Hardware details
November 1 Training TROV drivers; broken fiber; Cape Evans trip
November 8 Remote driving from California
November 15 Line tangled and rescue operation
November 30 Summary of entire research campaign

A3 Question Topics

Amateur Radio
Antarctic Ecosystems
Antarctic on Weather
Antarctic's Ice Melt
Antarctic's Waste
Any special clothing required?
Anybody from Nevada?
Are the Whales affected?
Astronomy at South Pole
Comet crashing Jupiter in July
Controlling Pollution in Antarctica
Dinosaurs in Antarctica?
Educational Background Required
Electricity generated for TROV and Living
Enduring Antarctica
Exploring McMurdo Sound
Global Climate Change
Goals to Achieve
Hottest Temperature
How Much Exploration
How Rover Will Return
How are Young Researches selected
How are the researchers selected?
How bad is the global warming effect?
How cold is it?
How did McMurdo get its name?
How long does it take to get to South Pole?
How many in the group
How many people lived there?. 
How much does Rover cost?
Length of Stay
Life in McMurdo Sound
Main Findings on McMurdo
Manned Mars Mission
Mars Colony Robotics
Martian's Meteorites found?
NSF involvement with TROV
Open for Mineral Exploration?
Ozone Holes
Ozone Holes Increasing?
Regarding Human Waste
Relacionado ballenas, focas, o pinguinos
Robot Motors
Rover Duration
Rover and Gravity
Snow levels in Antarctica
Stay over for winter?
Time Zone Difference
Type of Shelter
Underwater Camouflage
Unexplored areas near McMurdo
Voyager's current status?
Whales, Seals & Penguins
What Do You Missed Most?
What is the climate history?
What is the coldest temperature?
What type of food do you eat?
What's next?
Why Use Virtual Reality?
Wingless Midge

A4 Project announcement

From: Marc Siegel 
Subject: NASA's Live From...OtherWorlds project
To: Multiple recipients of list COSNDISC 

A pilot project using Space Technology to take students on "Virtual Field Trips" via Interactive Television and Computer Networks "LIVE FROM... OTHER WORLDS" is a mini-series of 3 interactive television programs, currently targeted for broadcast on December 1st, December 3rd and December 7th, 1993 and airing LIVE at 13:00 hrs. Eastern, 10:00 hrs. Pacific and 08:00 hrs. in Hawaii. This demonstration project will focus on a fascinating scientific topic: how robot explorers open up areas of this world and others for discovery. It will show how "telepresence" research being conducted by NASA extends human eyes and minds to the depths of the Antarctic oceans as a prototype for techniques by which humans on Earth will in the future be able to probe the planet Mars. "LIVE FROM... OTHER WORLDS" will be supported by print and computer materials for students and teachers.

The project will use the rapidly developing capabilities of space technology and satellite television distribution to bring remote sites and dynamic researchers directly into classrooms across America in a series of electronic field trips. The students' guides on these voyages of discovery will be a diverse group of dynamic and eloquent researchers, men and women often in their late 20's and early 30's, who have made scientific achievement their entry ticket to a lifetime of discovery.

The interactive component of the programs will allow some students to question these researchers, live and on-camera. In order to permit an additional degree of interactivity not practicable during the broadcasts alone, computer-based "discussion centers" (via mail lists and newsgroups) will be used. This will allow other pupils and teachers to contact scientists seen during the programs through electronic correspondence for further information and with follow-up questions, . The email feedback will be organized by PBS LEARNING LINK and by NASA's K-12 NREN Initiative(National Research and Education Network). The on-line networks will also allow researchers in Antarctica and in America to post daily updates on their activities, allowing students a very personal window on what careers in science are really like. In addition, an archive of relevant materials will be kept on-line using modern Internet tools (anonymous FTP, Gopher and WAIS). Additional details about these services will be released shortly.

NASA has created an Electronic mail list to help interested parties keep informed of current developments regarding this project. To join this maillist, send an email message to In the first line of the mail message,r write the following information: subscribe livefrom

As part of this project, NASA is collecting lesson plans which will be freely shared. Information is desired on the following topics: robotics/virtual reality/telepresence, Mars, Antarctica and marine ecology . If you have developed such curriculum supplements that you would like to make widely available, please send a note to Please describe the content and targeted grade level. If the information is simple ASCII text, please include it with your note. If the curriculum supplement is in another form (for example, Hypercard stack or Postscript file), please provide details so that a proper transfer can be arranged.

Also, NASA would like to work directly with network providers to raise the quality of interaction between scientists and classrooms. The goal here is to encourage network providers to add value for their constituent subscribers by further organizing information or by coalescing questions and answers. If you represent a K-12 network provider (state network or other) and would like to explore this opportunity, please write to

The live television programs will be 35-40 minutes in length, designed for use within a normal classroom period (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR EXACT BROADCAST AND/OR RE-BROADCAST TIMES). The series will be distributed over Public Television stations and/or satellite educational networks such as SERC (Satellite Educational Resources Consortium) and outlets such as NASA/Select. The educational content of the project will be suitable for use by all Middle School grades, though upper Elementary students and High School grades 9 and 10 will find the programs interesting and instructive. Succinct and informative print packages (distributed in advance of the broadcasts) and on-line materials will suggest inter-disciplinary, hands-on classroom activities.

The project is being developed by some of PBS's most experienced producers of science specials and series (COSMOS, several NOVA programs, CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE, LIFE ON ICE, CHILDHOOD) and originates from WHRO, the Public Telecommunications Center for Hampton Roads, Virginia, a leader in the use of satellite technology for distance education.

A high point of the three programs will come in the second program when a group of students at NASA's Ames Research Center in California will be able to "drive" a robot camera system -- a Remotely Operated Vehicle or "ROV" -- 10,000 kilometers away, deep under the Antarctic ice. The first program will show why Antarctica serves as an analog for "other worlds" in space, and how technology being researched there can assist in the exploration of the planet Mars. The third and final program will show cutting-edge NASA research on "virtual reality", robotics and telepresence. Again an opportunity will be provided for live student interaction with expert researchers and advanced technology.

"LIVE FROM...OTHER WORLDS" will deliver the most contemporary science in an entertaining format, providing a unique face-to-face encounter with distant and exotic lands and the young men and women who are privileged to explore them, using television to inform, inspire, motivate and educate. Informal feedback and formal evaluation will contribute to the development of what is intended to become an ongoing series of 3 integrated video, print and computer projects each academic year, on such diverse but fascinating scientific topics as volcanoes, dolphins and dinosaurs, the possibility of extraterrestrial life and life as an astronaut.

LIVE FROM...OTHER WORLDS is a production of GEOFF HAINES-STILES PRODUCTIONS in association with WHRO and THE INNERSPACE FOUNDATION. V-QUEST (Virginia Quality Education in Science and Technology), a State Systemic Initiative funded through the National Science Foundation, is an educational partner in the project. Hawaii Public Television, the State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii will provide a 3rd live origination site in addition to WHRO and NASA/Ames. The Internet support is made possible through funding from NASA's High Performance Computing and Communications Program (HPCC). The video production has been made possible in part by the support of NASA's "Mission from Planet Earth" Study Office and NASA's Education Division. Communications and other resources are being provided by Ames Research Center's NSI project (NASA Science Internet), the "Center for Mars Exploration" and the Telepresence Project, whose research in Antarctica has been funded by the Offices of Space Science and Advanced Concepts and Technology, as part of the joint NASA-NSF "Antarctica Space Analog Program". NSF's Office of Polar Programs provides operational and logistic support for all American research projects in the Antarctic.

Additional support for the development of educational materials has also been provided by The Planetary Society and The SETI Institute.

Larry Crum, WHRO/Hampton Roads
5200 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, Va. 23508
voice: 804-489-9476 fax: 804-489-0007 e-mail:

Geoff Haines-Stiles or Erna Akuginow, GEOFF HAINES-STILES PRODUCTIONS
voice: 908-273-4108 fax: 908-277-9590 e-mail:

Marc Siegel, NASA K-12 NREN Initiative
voice: (415) 968-2598 fax: (415) 968-9505 e-mail:

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