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August 23, 1993 Phone: 202/358-1977 RELEASE: 93-150 NASA EDUCATION TELECASTS SCHEDULED FOR 1993-94 SCHOOL YEAR The 1993-94 season schedule of NASA's Update for Teachers telecasts will feature presentations on astronomy, life sciences research, high-speed aeronautical research and the environment and global change. Now in its seventh season, Update for Teachers is a series of four, 1-hour, live and interactive education television programs broadcast via satellite to schools in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico between 3-4 p.m. Eastern time. Last season, over 2,000 education institutions participated in the series. The telecasts update teachers on NASA programs through discussions with scientists and engineers. Aerospace education specialists also demonstrate classroom activities and announce new education programs, products and activities available to teachers. The live broadcasts are interactive, allowing viewers to phone in questions. The 1993-94 season schedule includes: Mission to Planet Earth Astronomy 1993 Life Sciences Research High Speed Aeronautical Research Oct. 5, 1993 Nov. 30, Feb. 8, 1994 May 3, 1994

The "Mission to Planet Earth" episode will explore how the

fragile planet Earth is experiencing profound environmental changes and how NASA, in cooperation with its international partners, will observe, interpret and predict environmental changes on the local, regional and global scale. The "Astronomy" episode will discuss how, in the past few years, knowledge of the universe has advanced dramatically. Hubble Space Telescope is making discoveries about the universe and has found increasing evidence for the existence of black holes. - more -2The Cosmic Background Explorer spacecraft has provided measurements of the feeble remnants of creation's "Big Bang". The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory is investigating the most energetic systems and violent events in the Milkey Way galaxy and recently has discovered an intense, new x-ray pulsar. The "Life Sciences Research" episode will discuss how the results and applications of NASA's various research programs allow humans to safely live and work in space. Researchers examine how the harsh environment of space (increased radiation, reduced gravity and loss of atmosphere) affects humans. The results of life sciences research also can be applied to current ongoing medical research on Earth. "High-Speed Aeronautical Research" is underway at NASA, in cooperation with the U.S. aeronautics industry, to develop the technology to build a supersonic transport aircraft capable of flying passengers at speeds of Mach 2.4 to destinations in a fraction of the current time. The episode will address environmental concerns about the effects of emissions on the atmosphere and engine noise level. NASA engineers will explain the technologies needed in areas such as chemistry, materials, fluids and atmospheric sciences to develop an environmentally-sound aircraft system. Update for Teachers is one of NASA's major telecommunications projects, providing educators with resources for teaching mathematics, science and technology subjects. The target audience is elementary and secondary school faculty as well as other educational institutions such as planetariums, science centers,

libraries and organized youth groups. Educational institutions may receive the signal through school satellite antennas and through participating cable television systems. There is no charge to participate in the educational broadcast, but schools should register in advance to receive announcements, publications and other materials for teacher-participants. To register for the series, teachers should write to NASA Aerospace Education Services Program, Video-conference Coordinator, 300 North Cordell, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., 74078-0422, or call 405/744-7015. The educational broadcast series is produced for NASA by the Aerospace Education Services Program from the Oklahoma State University Telecommunications Center, Stillwater. - end -