I am jazzed tonight. Adrenaline pumping.
Two live shows in the can for slooh.com today. Both were about a specific point in time when nothing specifically significant would happen.
It’s still a cool story. A giant space dirty snowball, C2013 A1, flew past Mars at 45 miles per second. NASA hid their satellites on the other side of the planet.
I was very invested. Lots of research for this.
There was reason for concern. I didn’t know my co-host and there are always emergencies which force a change of plans. Always.
I produced a video open using amazing NASA animations. They are the kings of single point lighting! It made us look better. More polished.
We meet an hour before air on Skype. I’m in my office, windows closed and blinds drawn. Mics are open. Cameras are on. We come and go, but we’re available to each other.
I was trying to get a feel on Dr. David Grinspoon, astrobiologist with the Library of Congress, aka the new guy. He seemed at ease. Good sign.
We were trying to show a comet 700 meters wide, 150,000 miles away and next to a huge and highly reflective planet… live! Nearly everything we would say would be ad libbed.
The broadcast went well. We had plenty of graphics and animations to keep people’s interest plus live images from telescopes in South Africa. The pictures weren’t perfect, but no one complained. This sort of access has seldom been available.
I probably can’t reveal how many watched, but it was significantly more than ever watched me simultaneously in Connecticut. This time they’re spread across the globe.
Dave held up his end perfectly. This is his field. We got the right guy. He was totally comfortable. And he can talk, a required skill.
Here’s why I’m jazzed. I consider the broadcast a good deed. For those interested we provided a previously unavailable service. We taught a lot of people things they never knew.
I feel like I felt after successful snow storm coverage. Like I was a force for good.