Volume: 03, Issue: 15 07/27/2005 
HD television demonstration. Photo courtesy NASA/GRC.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
Discovery Launches into Orbit
Cassini Finds Intriguing Features on Enceladus
Aviation Aficionados Flock to AirVenture 2005
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Preps for Launch
 

Take Part in Science Broadcasts

Television, radio, and movies play a key role in modern life. Use this technology to your advantage with the following space-related offerings.

"Earth and Sky" Radio Show
The "Earth and Sky" radio show explores science questions covering a wide array of topics. Students can ask their science questions on this live radio program. Its website has transcripts, full-color sky charts, and links to many other science websites. Your students can post messages on the science bulletin board and communicate with students in other parts of the country. Learn more at http://www.earthsky.org/ .

"Planetary Radio" Weekly Broadcasts
"Planetary Radio," a weekly space exploration program, airs across the United States on National Public Radio's (NPR) Public Radio Satellite System. Each week "Planetary Radio" offers an in-depth conversation with a scientist, engineer, project manager, astronaut, or author on the quest for knowledge about our universe. In addition to special guest interviews, every episode includes such regular segments as "What's Up!", a weekly humorous chat about current night sky information, as well as planetary missions; and "Random Space Facts," informative, timely tidbits about anything space-related. "Planetary Radio" also hosts a weekly space trivia contest for listener participation. KUCI also features a link to a live broadcast stream on http://www.kuci.org, allowing listeners around the world to hear the show. Go to http://planetary.org/audio/planetaryradio.html for more information.

"DragonflyTV" Science Series
"DragonflyTV" is a PBS science series for kids ages 9-12. Featuring out-of-this world science performed by down-to-Earth kids, "DragonflyTV" is a program by and for kids. Whether it's Arizona students probing for life on Mars, a group of California river rats exploring water hydraulics while shooting down the American River, or some Minnesota hockey players creating slapshot science, the series can be a great source for fun and engaging classroom investigations. "DragonflyTV" offers free Educator's Guides, an interactive website, and classroom packs of DFTV Zines, a fun science journal for kids. The program also offers educational features, including Super Do-Its that encourage students to explore a cool science question and post their findings online, and Science Fact or Fiction, featuring students' favorite young celebrities debunking common science misperceptions. For more information and show times, visit http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/ .

"The Eyes of Nye" Television Series
The “Science Guy” is back -- with a new series for older children and adult viewers that has begun airing on some public television stations around the country. "The Eyes of Nye" continues Bill Nye's mission to encourage scientific literacy and help viewers understand the science issues that impact their everyday lives. Thirteen half-hour episodes tackle adult topics like addiction, cloning, climate change, and the evolution of sex in a lively format that combines on-location interviews with experts, scientific demonstrations, comical sketches, and color graphics with Nye's trademark humor and energy. The series takes viewers to locations ranging from a nuclear power facility to a South African wildlife preserve to an ice core laboratory to explore the science behind today's important issues. Nye explains what viewers need to know about these issues to make intelligent choices and what can parents teach their children about them. Check http://www.eyesofnye.org/ to learn more information about the series and find out which stations are carrying it.

    
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