FOR RELEASE: October 9, 1998
CONTACT: Cheryl Gundy
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD
PRESS RELEASE NO.: STScI-PR98-33
Second Hubble Web Simulcast Takes Listeners on a Tour of the Cosmos
The popular NPR radio program "The Marc Steiner Show" (WJHU, FM 88.1)
and NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) will again team up
to take listeners on a tour of the cosmos via the Internet on
This is the second in a series of programs in which host Marc Steiner's
discussion and interview with his guests will be made available on the
World Wide Web, courtesy of STScI's Office of Public Outreach. This is
also the first time STScI will utilize multimedia technology to stream
video of the science images along with real-time audio from the radio
Even if listeners miss the live broadcast, STScI will make the recorded
program, with spectacular space images and animation added, available on
the Internet for space enthusiasts to listen to in their leisure time.
Guests for the two-hour show include astronomy professor Dr. Steven W.
Squyres of Cornell University; astronomers Dr. Mark Voit and Dr. Chris
Burrows of STScI; and IMAX/Planetarium director Jim O'Leary from the
Maryland Science Center, a popular Baltimore Inner Harbor attraction.
The astronomers say that information gathered over the last few years
indicate that environments suitable for life are probably plentiful in
the universe. During the first broadcast hour, Dr. Squyres will discuss
the exploration of Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa. He will also talk
about two upcoming NASA missions which will look for signs of life
elsewhere in the solar system.
Drs. Voit and Burrows will talk during the second broadcast hour about
using Hubble to more closely study the evolution and structure of the
universe. They will discuss the search for planetary systems outside the
solar system and what observations of young galaxies are telling us
about how the universe got to be the way it is today.
The guests will also answer listeners' questions about astronomical
topics ranging from planets within our solar system to distant galaxies
formed just after the Big Bang.
"My talk show tackles all sorts of intriguing topics, but bringing space
science results and even pictures to a worldwide audience with
commentary by leading 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 Dr. Carol Christian, head
of the Institute's Office of Public Outreach. "A simulcast with the Marc
Steiner program is a great merging of broadcast radio with the Web."
Media interested in linking to the site can find logos and brief
descriptive text regarding the program at
For listeners to "tune in" via the Internet, they need a free software
package "plug in" called Real Player. This software can be downloaded
into a home computer from the following URL:
The program, which will be broadcast at 12 noon on Wednesday, October
14, 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 photos and accessing documents,"
"Also we want to hear their comments and critiques, and so listeners are
welcomed to e-mail us."
"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.