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Press Release 94-24
Linda S. Ellis
(Bus: 216/433-2900)

Dinosaurs Roam the U.S. via The Information Superhighway

Cleveland, OH -- Satellite video transmissions that demonstrate distance learning will send the images of dinosaurs to thousands of Cleveland area students and to students throughout the United States this week. The satellite portion of the existing information highway will transform what had been planned as a local educational experience in Indianapolis, Indiana, into a national educational event.

On Friday, March 25, 1 - 3 p.m. EST, sixth through twelfth graders will participate in a live, interactive science program entitled, "Dino Fest." The program examines the question, "Can dinosaurs be brought back to life?" A CAT scan will be performed on a dinosaur egg, and the fossil resin will be examined for dinosaur DNA.

The program originates from Indianapolis University/Purdue University at Indianapolis and is part of a three-day conference focusing on the origins of dinosaurs, DNA replication and dinosaur extinction theories.

"The wideband communications capability and the instantaneous network configuration possible using satellites allow us to extend the benefits of this exciting educational experience to students throughout the country," said Dr. Edward F. Miller, Senior Scientist for Satellite Communications at NASA's Lewis Research Center. NASA is providing the satellite connection that receives the signal from Indianapolis and then sends it to all parts of the country. "The existing satellite systems, a `skyway' part of the information superhighway, provide in this case universal access to the scientific knowledge of a group of world-renowned paleontologists gathered in Indianapolis," says Dr. Miller.

Ameritech Corporation is a sponsor of the project and provides the fiber optic network to distribute the program to schools in the Indianapolis area. WVIZ-TV, Cleveland, will receive the satellite transmissions and distribute the program to some 220 schools in the Cleveland area using their Instructional Television Fixed Service microwave system.

"I am really excited by the mental image of prehistoric dinosaurs lumbering along the modern information superhighway and then being transported through space by the satellite `skyway'," says Dr. Miller. "I plan to watch the program on March 25, and I invite those at schools or those with satellites dishes to join us."

Individuals with a satellite dish may obtain the program through the Galaxy 4 satellite at 99 degrees West longitude, transponder 9 horizontal, 3880 MHz (C-band), audio program at 6.8 MHz.

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