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November 3, 1995

NASA BEGINS SERIES OF LIVE EDUCATION TELECASTS A live, pre-college educational NASA television broadcast entitled, NASA...On the Cutting Edge, will begin Tues., Nov. 7, featuring students using computers to manipulate robots, examining how the Sun interacts with Earth and our Solar System, exploring the international Space Station, and previewing NASA's future exploration and scientific advancements. Now in its second season, NASA...On the Cutting Edge is a series of three, 1-hour, live and interactive education television programs broadcast via satellite to schools in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico between 4-5 p.m. Eastern time. Last season, over 2,000 education institutions participated in the series. The videoconference series updates teachers and students in grades 5-12 with explorations of NASA research in science, mathematics and technology. Registered participants can dialogue with NASA presenters on-air during each program via phone. Post-broadcast interaction is available through Internet conferencing on NASA Spacelink. To register, send an e-mail to: nasaedutv@smtpgate.osu.hq.nasa.gov There is no charge to participate but schools must register in advance to receive satellite coordinates, announcements, publications and support materials and instructions on how to obtain an Educator Account on NASA Spacelink. To register, write NASA Teaching From Space, Oklahoma State University, 308 CITD Room A, Stillwater, OK 74078-0422, or call 405/744-6784. The 1995-96 schedule includes: Robotics

Tuesday, November 7, 1995 4-5 p.m. Eastern See how telerobotic and virtual reality systems push the limits of space exploration and how NASA develops specialized robots, which make astronauts time in space safer and more effective. Preview exciting robotic spinoffs in agriculture, health care, and futuristic amusement parks. -more-2Students in Pasadena, CA, will use local controls to operate an experimental robot in a Mars-like test field at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a robot in a neutral buoyancy tank at the Maryland University, College Park, MD. These tests will execute actual courses that will be undertaken in future NASA Mars missions. International Space Station Thursday, January 25, 1996 4-5 p.m. Eastern Find out how this multi-national effort will yield our first permanent steps into the Cosmos and learn why planned experiments need to be conducted in this permanent microgravity environment. Fire & Life -- The Sun-Earth Connection Thursday, April 11, 1996 4-5 p.m. Eastern This program examines how solar orbiters are answering questions like, "What processes drive the Sun's variability?" and, "How does the Sun interact with Earth, the Solar System and the Interstellar Medium?" The educational broadcast series is produced for NASA by the Teaching From Space Program in conjunction with Oklahoma State University's Educational Television Services and NASA Field Centers. NASA TV broadcasts on C-band, Spacenet 2, transponder 5, 69 degrees West longitude. NASA TV intends to simulcast

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