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Looming over San Francisco since 1973, Sutro Tower's antennae transmit and receive radio and television signals to the nine-county SF Bay Area. Perched above Twin Peaks, the tower has become a local icon, now revered as much as it was abhorred when first built. Visit the tower with us to find out what’s on it, what’s underneath it, and its history, including its transformation from eyesore to icon.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: August 13, 2014
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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00:10:47
Cities are known to produce a lot of light pollution, making it a challenge for astronomy enthusiasts to view the heavens within city limits. For us in the SF Bay Area, these issues apply, however, exciting results can still be attained between sky gazing and learning about how we all fit into this big thing we call "space". Urban Astronomer Paul Salazar, The Exploratorium's very own Adam Esposito and more demonstrate how to deal with the parameters and the unforgettable experiences that await with simple to no equipment, the right conditions, and some decent timing.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: March 12, 2014
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
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00:36:28
As a special event in conjunction with the 2009 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, we connected a live audience at the Exploratorium with scientists at the South Pole. Learn about atmospheric research at the South Pole from NOAA's Nick Morgan, the IceCube neutrino detector from Mark Krasberg and Laura Gladstone, and the South Pole Telescope from Bill Holzapfel.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 17, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Physics
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00:33:08
Is water ice present or absent in a crater near the moon's south pole? NASA’s Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission is seeking a definitive answer. Join Exploratorium staff for a special Webcast featuring live coverage of LCROSS crashing into the moon! Our team will be broadcasting live from the 36" Refractor Telescope at Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, where we’ll watch the impact and investigate how this intentional crash could reveal the existence of water ice.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: October 9, 2009
Format: Lecture
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Physics
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00:53:51
On May 11, 2009, the space shuttle Atlantis was launched from the Kennedy Space Center and docked with the Hubble Space Telescope 360 miles above the earth. During Servicing Mission 4 (SM4), astronauts installed new, cutting-edge scientific instruments and replaced gyroscopes, batteries, and other equipment. After a difficult but very successful upgrade of the telescope, the astronauts released Hubble on May 19. The Exploratorium Webcast team will bring you two live Webcasts (May 20 & May 23) about this arduous mission and the future of the telescope.

Project: Origins: Hubble | Browse All

Date: May 23, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
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00:32:23
On May 11, 2009, the space shuttle Atlantis was launched from the Kennedy Space Center and docked with the Hubble Space Telescope 360 miles above the earth. During Servicing Mission 4 (SM4), astronauts installed new, cutting-edge scientific instruments and replaced gyroscopes, batteries, and other equipment. After a difficult but very successful upgrade of the telescope, the astronauts released Hubble on May 19. The Exploratorium Webcast team will bring you two live Webcasts (May 20 & May 23) about this arduous mission and the future of the telescope.

Project: Origins: Hubble | Browse All

Date: May 20, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
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00:15:33
UC Berkeley astrophysicist Bill Holzapfel takes us on a tour of the South Pole Telescope and explains how it is unlocking the secrets of the Universe.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 30, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, Geology/Earth Science, Astronomy/Space Science
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00:17:30
We speak with glaciologists Slawek Tulaczyk and Jake Walter, who study ice-sheet dynamics.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 19, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Physics, Astronomy/Space Science
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00:39:52
Join us as we talk to scientists working with IceCube, a neutrino telescope buried in the ice under the South Pole.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 18, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Physics
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00:29:28
Scientist working on the South Pole Telescope explain data collection, focusing on the telescope's receiver, a precise instrument with a thousand "eyes" pointed to the distant universe.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: January 18, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Geology/Earth Science