The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is scheduled today to begin a daily TV feed to report on the flight of Voyager II past the planet Uranus, but officials at the Pasadena facility were unable to say Tuesday where the public will be able to see it.
The feed is being made available by satellite to any cable system or TV station that wants it, a JPL spokesman said, but the space laboratory has not tried to monitor which of them actually plans to carry it.
KCET Channel 28, which did pick up JPL's TV coverage when Voyager flew by Jupiter in 1979 and Saturn in 1980, does not plan to carry the Uranus programming, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. She said that the station based its decision on the fact that it does not have a nightly news show now, as it did then, in which to incorporate the coverage, and that there are more TV outlets now to pick up the JPL feed.
The JPL programming, which it produces on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Tuesday. It will include 10-minute updates at the top of each hour on new data, a daily news conference at 10 a.m. and, on most days, an hourlong report on the day's activities at 5 p.m.