NASA Science News for Jan. 4, 2006

Mayan Ruins

For many years, space archeology has been a favorite topic of Science@NASA readers: NASA scientists use Earth-orbiting satellites to find ancient ruins invisible from ground level. Prime real estate for this kind of discovery is Central America. In that part of the world, satellites are not only revealing long-held secrets of the Maya, but also improving the everyday lives of modern Central Americans by helping them monitor and manage their environment.

For an update on this important work, we encourage you to tune in to a new PBS broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 9th. It features pioneering space archeologist Tom Sever (Marshall Space Flight Center) and colleague Bill Saturno (University of New Hampshire) discussing their latest discoveries.

Channel: Your local PBS station

Program: Nova scienceNow

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 9th at 8 pm EST.

Program times may vary. Check local listings for confirmation:

The 60 minute program features four 15-minute reports on various topics. "Mayan Ruins" is second in line and is narrated by astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Don't miss it!

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