AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, June 2002
Session 48. Public Outreach
Display, Tuesday, June 4, 2002, 10:00am-6:30pm, SW Exhibit Hall

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[48.08] ViewSpace: A model for advancing public understanding of astronomical research through museum-based multimedia

J. M. Stoke (Space Telescope Science Institute)

The Office of Public Outreach (OPO) of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has developed a unique multimedia presentation product that orchestrates images, digital video animations, music and interpretive text to provide a frequently-updated astronomy display suitable for mini-theater environments in museum-based exhibit galleries and planetarium lobbies (that may be, otherwise, seldom updated). "ViewSpace" utilizes the scientific expertise of STScI astronomers and puts Hubble discoveries into publically-accessible contexts. The program, which is offered at no charge to the museum and planetarium community in the United States, has been received with strong enthusiasm by the informal science education community. Future aspirations include higher-definition and immersive presentation formats, multi-lingual text display, an audible description track for the visually impaired, an associated interactive kiosk, and correlated education guides. Astronomers with interesting science stories to tell are invited to participate in the development of a ViewSpace segment.

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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: stoke@stsci.edu

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