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'NEWTON'S APPLE' BOLDLY GOES INSIDE THE SOVIET SPACE PROGRAM, THE BIG BLUE SKY, THE IMAGINATION OF YOUNG INVENTORS AND THE WORLD OF LLAMAS

'NEWTON'S APPLE' BOLDLY GOES INSIDE THE SOVIET SPACE PROGRAM, THE BIG

BLUE SKY, THE IMAGINATION OF YOUNG INVENTORS AND THE WORLD OF LLAMAS
 ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A unique, first-ever link between U.S. and Soviet teens involved in space science is featured in "Newton's Apple," hosted by David Heil on PBS Saturday, Nov. 30, 1991, at 7 p.m. EST. (Check local listings for airdate and time.)
 Show #909 Highlights:
 U.S. teens get Soviet Space Center tour
 Why is the sky blue?
 Young Inventors' Fair
 High-altitude llamas
 Soviet space: Behind-the-scenes sights of the Mir space station, the Buran space shuttle and the Baikenor Cosmodrome are revealed to 30 inquisitive students from Mayo High School in Rochester, Minn. This grand, unprecedented field trip is the product of a friendship between Rochester high school teacher Stephen Bremer and Soviet rocket scientist Gennady Poltavetts, professor at the Moscow Aviation Institute (the top training campus for scientists in space and aviation research for space scientists). Poltavetts is also the director of a special prep school for aspiring teenage scientists. The tour goes to three fascinating sites:
 -- Baikenor Cosmodrome in Khazakhstan, the original launch site for pioneer Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who was the first man in space 30 years ago. Here, the students see a low-altitude test model of the new "Buran" (or "blizzard") space shuttle, tour the shuttle assembly plant and learn about the parallel history of Soviets in space. They're the first teenagers from outside the Soviet Union to be allowed behind the scenes at Baikenor.
 -- The Kaliningrad Space Control Center, outside Moscow; the equivalent to our Houston Mission Control Center. At this site the students watch a robot capsule dock with the Mir space station, resupplying the cosmonauts on board.
 -- Star City Cosmonaut Training Center, also outside Moscow; here, the Americans and their Soviet counterparts see what it takes to become a cosmonaut.
 Why is the sky blue? Host David Heil welcomes astronomer Dr. Larry Rudnick of the University of Minnesota, who describes what happens to sunlight in the earth's atmosphere. He deploys prisms and an aquarium in answering this classic science question and as a bonus, answers: Why are sunsets orange?
 Young Inventors' Fair: "Newton's Apple" pays a visit to the 1991 Young Inventors' Fair in St. Paul, co-sponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Educational Cooperative Service. Here, kids with bright imaginations have concocted household time-savers, sporting goods, bike safety gadgets, fish tank feeders and other whatchamacallits designed to make life a little bit easier.
 Llamas: David Heil joins naturalist Nancy Gibson at the Minnesota Zoo, where they take a look at llamas. The South American relatives of camels, these agile high-altitude creatures share their cousin's incredible stamina and endurance.
 "Newton's Apple" is made possible by a grant from 3M.
 "Newton's Apple" is a national production of KTCA-TV, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Twin Cities Public Television. Executive producer, Richard Hudson; series producer, Kathryn Scott; Soviet space producer, Kristian Berg; host David Heil is associate director of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Ore.
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 /CONTACT: Georgia Gould of KTCA-TV, 612-229-1328; Laurie Sutton of 3M, 612-733-9134; Donna Williams of PBS New York, 212-708-3002; Marcy DeVeaux of PBS Los Angeles, 213-667-3488; For outreach information: Lynae Berge, KTCA-TV, 612-229-1414 or 612-222-1717/ CO: 3M ST: Minnesota IN: SU:


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