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May 8, 2008
CASSINI IMAGING LEAD SCIENTIST TO PROVIDE COSMIC PERSPECTIVE FOR MILLIONS AROUND THE GLOBE
DIAMOND SKY PRODUCTIONS, LLC, BOULDER, COLORADO
For immediate release.
When the worldwide film event known as Pangea Day launches this Saturday, May 10, Cassini imaging team leader and veteran imaging scientist, Carolyn Porco, will be present to provide an inspiring perspective on humanity's place in the cosmos.
Pangea Day is a global event intended to bring the world together through film and will link six locations around the world for a live program of powerful films, live music and visionary speakers. The entire 4-hour program will be broadcast in seven languages to millions of people worldwide on television, on the internet, and over mobile phones.
Known for her passionate advocacy of space exploration, Porco was asked by event organizers to kick off the program with a grand and sweeping view of humankind's cosmic place, providing the context for the human stories and songs that will be featured on Pangea Day.
"This will truly be one of those inspiring, hands-across-the-water events that will be remembered for years to come", said Porco, "...a day when each of us will be able to see the world through someone else's eyes. I encourage everyone who hopes for peace to come to the world to tune in."
Other speakers include CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Queen Noor of Jordan, journalist Lisa Ling, and former-soldiers-turned-peace-activists from many conflicts across the globe. There will also be musical performances and the airing of the 24 short films that were chosen from thousands of entries from over 100 countries around the world.
Porco will present from Los Angeles. The other live broadcast venues are in Cairo, Kigali, London, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro.
American audiences will be able to take part in Pangea Day beginning at 2pm Eastern Daylight time (11am Pacific Daylight Time) on May 10 by viewing the live broadcast on television, online, in public and private venues, and on mobile phones. The event will be broadcast live on cable television in the United States by Current TV, and YouTube will be donating its home page to the event. The program will be available globally on a full-screen broadband web-stream courtesy of Akamai and MSN in some 100 countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia all of Latin America, the US, Britain, France, Italy, and Ireland. It will also be streamed on the website http://www.pangeaday.org
Additional information about the event and how to watch and/or participate is available at the event website.
Images from NASA's Cassini and Voyager spacecraft are available online at http://ciclops.org .
Diamond Sky Productions, LLC (diamondskyproductions.com) is a company devoted to the scientific, as well as artful, use of planetary imagery and computer graphics, across all visual media, for the presentation of science and its findings to the public.
The Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) is the operations center for the imaging team of the international Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn -- a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The imaging team consists of scientists from the U.S., England, France, and Germany.