MUSEUMS TEACHING PLANET EARTH - Space Update
Entry ID: Space_Update-MuTPE
Abstract: SPACE UPDATE is an interactive, real-time display system of Earth and Space Science images and data designed for Museums and Schools. Running from the CD-ROM, the program displays hundreds of images and movies of the best of earth and space science research, documented, with web references of how to find out more. Roughly 5% of the material represents "today's data" - current as of the time when ... the CD-ROM was burned. By installing the software on a hard drive, you can update the software to truly show "today's data" by downloading today's images free from the internet; or we can update your modules remotely each day (for a monthly charge) to keep your software up-to-date, even if it is in use! (Weather data can be downloaded hourly if desired). Each of the submodules can be run separately, resulting in 7 separate kiosks if desired. After extensive testing in museum and school settings, this software is now ready for release in both Mac and Windows versions!
SPACE UPDATE currently includes 5 modules:
Hot new images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories around
Daily skyviews (including the planets and Moon!), for morning and evening
skies, looking N, S, E, W, and UP. The CD ships with one preset viewing
latitude of 30N, 90W, GMT -6 (Houston), but 8 different views are available for
the following latitudes
60N, 90W, GMT -6
50N, 90W, GMT -6
40N, 90W, GMT -6
30N, 90W, GMT -6 (Houston)
20N, 90W, GMT -6 (Mexico City)
10N, 60W, GMT -4 (Venezuela)
20S, 45W, GMT -3 (Rio)
30S, 150E, GMT+11 (Sydney)
The 40N and 30S sky movies are availlable on our FTP site. The others can be
obtained by purchasing the SKY TONIGHT CD. The SKY TONIGHT CD comes FREE with a
paid copy of SPACE UPDATE ($20 plus shipping and tax), or can be ordered
separately for $10 plus shipping and tax. Contact us for more information.
Recent results from planetary missions, plus planetary images from Hubble!
A description of what space weather is and what it does - including the latest
images of the Sun and the latest auroral images from POLAR and IMAGE. Realtime
space weather conditions from the WIND and ACE spacecraft - see our
award-winning Space Weather hotlist for our source sites!
Information about new discoveries like Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and solar and
If you run our software suite on a computer attached to the Web,
you can browse or download today's images free from the
internet; or we can update your modules remotely automatically
each day (for a monthly charge) to keep your software
(Summary adapted from Space Update)
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Use Constraints Macintosh users:
We do all our primary programming on Macs, and we strongly recommend using Macs
for your display computers. At a minimum, you need a Mac Power PC with 64 MB
free RAM, CD player, System 8.1 or higher with Quicktime 4 or higher installed.
The software runs much faster and allows one-click updating of today's latest
... images if you copy the software suite to your hard drive. In that case, please
note the total hard disk requirements below for installing all the software on
your computer instead of running it from the CD.
You need 450 MB of free hard disk space for all of SPACE UPDATE, or 50-140 MB
free if you only wish to show one of the modules (Sky Tonight is the largest
because of the skyview movies included). Monitor requirements are 640x480
pixels, with 16-bit color (thousands of colors). No keyboard is necessary for
the display - only a trackball or trackpad and clicker.
Our system will run on Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, and ME, with at least 64 MB of
RAM. Sound cards are necessary to hear the effects (but are not necessary for
module operation). You need 400 MB free hard disk space for all of SPACE
UPDATE; or 50-140 MB if you only wish to show one of the modules. The Windows
versions requires Quicktime 4, and a display set to High Color (16 bit). The
Windows version is not available in two-screen format.
2 Screen version:
Our two-screen version is only available for Mac's. The first monitor is the
typical "Space Update" screen. The second monitor displays the chosen image in
highest resolution, without menu buttons or text shown - perfect for putting on
a projector for a live lecture. The second screen has a resolution of 640 x 480
pixels for Astronomy, Space Weather, and Solar System. It is also possible to
display the second screen on an RGB projection system, or TV monitor depending
on your setup and video cpabilities. The two-screen version CD contains both
the individual two-screen modules and the 16-bit color version of the
single-screen Space Update program - basically everything which is presently on
display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science!
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