[ASC-list] Fwd: Media Query - Space Balloon Story

Kali Madden office at asc.asn.au
Mon Oct 18 06:26:34 UTC 2010

Dear ASC List Members,

Might you be in a position to contribute to this potential story on how /
whether technology is now enabling more public engagement in science?
Details below.

Thanks Glen for providing initial comment and seeking collective input.


ASC Office

ps On a mildly related note: when Pamela Hines (AAAS, Science, Education,
Senior Editor) was here in Sydney for a SNUSE gathering (
http://www2.science.unsw.edu.au/guide/slatig/snuse.html) I remember her
great interest in science education that was including the students and/or
public as researchers. This request seems to be leaning in a similar
direction so if any readers have information, stories, case studies,
research on this topic then perhaps you would consider sharing this on our
web site (http://www.asc.asn.au/) as a topic of interest?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nagle, Glen J <GNagle at cdscc.nasa.gov>
Date: Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 2:14 PM
Subject: Media Query - Space Balloon Story
To: office at asc.asn.au
Cc: kali.madden at gmail.com

 Hi Kali,

An enquiry received from a journalist at the Daily Telegraph developing a
story on the father and son team in the US who launched a camera package via
balloon to high altitude to capture an image of the blackness of space. You
can see this video here: http://www.vimeo.com/15091562 or through a variety
of versions copied on Youtube.

The journalist is looking for comment on this story and the potential value
of this kind of effort on science education. Also he is seeking comment on
comparisons between this effort and early space exploration.

If anyone can assist him with this internet based article it would be


*Glen Nagle*

Manager, Communication and Outreach

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

NASA's Deep Space Network

PO Box 1035, Tuggeranong ACT 2901  Australia

T: +61 2 6201 7838  F: +61 2 6201 7975  M: 0407 248 470

W: www.cdscc.nasa.gov  Tw: @CanberraDSN

*CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS)*

*CDSCC is managed by the CSIRO on behalf of NASA and JPL*

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*From:* Grech, Joshua [mailto:grechj at dailytelegraph.com.au]
*Sent:* Monday, 18 October 2010 12:23 PM
*To:* Nagle, Glen J
*Subject:* Daily Telegraph - astro science interview request

Hi Glen,

I’m an internet reporter at the Daily Telegraph and I am chasing up a story
about a New York dad and his son who successfully launched a “space craft”
using a weather balloon and an iPhone.

I was hoping to speak to a scientist about how the difficulties and running
such a program.

Are ubiquitous technologies such as smart phones enabling the general public
to ever more complicated scientific feats?

Could a scientist compare what the father and son team did and what some of
the early attempts at launching satellites into space?

And what is the value of getting kids involved in cool science/space
experiments from a scientist’s point of view.

The link to the story and video (which is really fun) is below.

You can reach me via email or on the office phone 02 9288 2556.

Joshua Grech.


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