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Hubble Simulcast Links Outer Space To Cyberspace

From: Mark LeCuyer <randydan@wavetech.net>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 17:56:43 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 03 Jul 1998 00:56:41 -0400
Subject: Hubble Simulcast Links Outer Space To Cyberspace


Contact:  Ray Villard
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD



Expanding its broadcast universe far beyond the Baltimore area
and into cyberspace, the popular WJHU radio program "The Marc
Steiner Show" (WJHU, FM 88.1), has teamed up with NASA's Space
Telescope Science Institute (STScI) to take listeners on a
Hubble Space Telescope tour of the cosmos via the Internet.

For the show's first time, host Marc Steiner's discussion and
interview with his guests will be available on the World Wide
Web, courtesy of STScI's Office of Public Outreach.

Even if people miss the July 7 live broadcast, STScI will make
the recorded program, with dazzling Hubble Telescope images
added, available on the Internet for space enthusiasts to listen
to in their leisure time.

The hour-long program's guests are Dr. Carol Christian and Dr.
Mario Livio from STScI, and IMAX/Planetarium director Jim
O'Leary from the Maryland Science Center, a popular Baltimore
Inner Harbor attraction.

The experts will describe the latest Hubble discoveries,
notably, recent observations of the spectacular and colorful
deaths of stars like our sun. The guests will also answer
listeners' questions over a broad range of astronomical topics,
and tell the story behind the headlines of some of Hubble's most
dramatic findings.

"My talk show tackles all sorts of intriguing topics, but
bringing Hubble results and even pictures to a worldwide
audience with commentary by leading Hubble astronomers is an
especially exciting opportunity," says radio host Marc Steiner.
"This is groundbreaking work for public radio, bringing you a
live broadcast with pictures and text during our conversation.
We are marrying the forms of media."

"The astronomers at STScI are enthusiastic about sharing the
dramatic imagery and latest science results from NASA's Hubble
Space Telescope through innovative ways on the Internet," says
Carol Christian, head of the Institute's Office of Public
Outreach.  "A simulcast with the Marc Steiner's program is a
great merging of broadcast radio with the Web."

For listeners to "tune in" via the Internet, they need a free
software package "plug in" called Real Audio. This software can
be downloaded into a home computer from the following URL:
http://www.real.com/products/player/index.html. Before the show,
listeners need to use their computers and Internet access to
reach the site, and follow the directions for downloading and
installing the software.

The program, which will be broadcast at 12 noon on Tuesday July
7, can be accessed on the internet at the following URL:

"After the show listeners will still be able to access the site
and log into any part of the discussion they want, hearing that
portion of the conversation, seeing the videos and photo's and
accessing documents," says Steiner. "Also we want to hear their
comments and critiques, and so listeners are welcomed to e-mail

"The Marc Steiner Show" airs weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. on
WJHU, Baltimore's National Public Radio member station and a
radio service of The Johns Hopkins University.

The Space Telescope Science Institute is the research center for
conducting Hubble Telescope observations, and will also operate
the successor to Hubble, called the Next Generation Space
Telescope, to be launched in the year 2007.


From: Mark - Alien Astronomer