data expectations. Gary Rottman and Greg Kopp attended the COSPAR
Meeting in Houston, Texas, October 10-14. Tom Woods will be presenting
3 papers just after the SORCE launch at the Fall AGU conference
in San Francisco.
Affairs Officer, Lynn Chandler, visited LASP for two days recently
to review the SORCE Public Affairs Plan. This includes all planned
media events and press releases, beginning with the first news
release when SORCE arrives at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday,
October 26. Two weeks prior to launch many more press-related
activities commence, and they continue for 48 hours after the
launch. Several special promotional media pieces are being prepared
to go with these events.
and Test Engineer David Gathright and Orbital Mechanical Technician
Corky Philyaw are shown preparing SORCE for mass properties testing.
NASA public relations staff accompanied Lynn to Colorado. NASA’s
television producer, Rachel Weintraub, spent much of the day shooting
film around LASP, including the Mission Operations Center activity
(Rehearsal #1) and orchestrating special interviews that will
go out to the news media before the launch and will be used as
a resource when needed following the launch.
Chris Chrissotimos is producing a SORCE CD-ROM for NASA. He will
incorporate Rachel’s television interviews, as well as individual
interviews he conducted with SORCE scientists during his visit.
He also videotaped a special session for the education and outreach
section of the CD-ROM. Ten children and their parents attended
a taping of the SORCE Sun Kit Demonstration, which was led by
the CU Science Discovery Program and Greg Kopp from LASP. Children
from Boulder’s Crest View Elementary 5th grade participated,
along with children of LASP employees.
promotional pieces in progress are animated videos to present
the SORCE science concepts and data, education pieces for different
level audiences, and a complete press kit (with video file). The
SORCE public relations package
Dates for Upcoming Events:
10/21 Pre-Ship Review (Orbital)
10/25 SORCE shipped from Orbital to KSC
11/6 Mission Readiness Review (GSFC)
11/14–11/17 Mission Ops Rehearsal # 2 (LASP)
11/20 Flight/Launch Readiness Reviews (KSC)
11/22 Launch Rehearsal (KSC)
12/1 SORCE Launch (KSC)
include a 4-page NASA Fact Sheet with a brief overview of the
mission and instrument photos. A lithograph, which is a front-to-back
glossy handout, is distributed at the launch. It provides the
mission overview and educational outreach activities. NASA personnel
are working on a full education and outreach package for professional
educators, and a Science Writer’s Guide is in the works
to assist professional science writers tackling the SORCE mission.
The SORCE brochure is heading to the printer and will be ready
for distribution prior to launch.
area outside the LASP Mission Operations Center will have a new
look prior to the SORCE launch. A large display panel will feature
the spacecraft, instruments, and a very brief science overview
of the SORCE mission and goals.
SORCE web page is very close to being activated and you will be
able to find it in same place as always – http://lasp.colorado.edu/sorce.
It has a whole new exciting look and much more information. It
is easy to read and has information to meet the needs of the solar
expert, non-technical person, and public educators teaching at
many levels. After launch, the data collection and science will
be a prominent feature on the site. If you have any comments or
suggestions, please contact the SORCE web developer, Ann Windnagel
of the two SORCE star trackers.