AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 78 Informal Astronomy Programs
Poster, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 9:20am-4:00pm, Ballroom

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[78.02] Space Sciencesí Newsroom at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

D.I. Klebe (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), R.A. Matson, T.M. Triolo, W.C. Lawton (University of Denver)

The Space Sciencesí Newsroom serves as a conduit to provide up-to-date information in the exciting world of space sciences to the visitors of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS). The Newsroom offers the physical space and the necessary equipment and resources where volunteers and staff work side-by-side researching the latest happenings in space science and preparing these materials for informative and engaging discussions with museum visitors. The basic concept is to allow dynamic and timely content delivery of space news and topics to the floor of Space Odyssey, a new permanent exhibit at DMNS that opened its doors in June 2003. Examples might include the discovery of a new planet orbiting another star to the discovery of a medical breakthrough based on research done on the International Space Station. This information is presented to visitors by museum volunteers (called Museum Galaxy Guides) in the form of informative multi-media presentations and relevant web links. The materials are accessed on the web-based Galaxy Guide Portal via a wireless link to DMNSís high-speed Intranet. Galaxy Guides are able to use this information by accessing one of many available laptop computers on the floor of Space Odyssey. The contents of the portal can also be displayed on several of the big screen display devices situated throughout Space Odyssey. In this paper we present the process that has been developed in the Newsroom along with showing the digital materials that have been created by the Newsroom team.

If you would like more information about this abstract, please follow the link to http://www.dmns.org. This link was provided by the author. When you follow it, you will leave the Web site for this meeting; to return, you should use the Back comand on your browser.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: dklebe@dmns.org

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