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What would it take for humans to travel to and live on Mars—and who is daring enough to do it? In this episode, we explore the Mars One project, which is planning human settlement on the red planet, and hear from scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center about adjusting to the Martian environment. We also meet some brave Bay Area residents who are hoping to make the journey. Join Exploratorium scientists Paul Doherty and Isabel Hawkins for a live webcast as they share information about the Rosetta Mission, which is due to be "woken up" on January 20th, 2014. Rosetta is a spacecraft en route to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it will make the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he shares news from the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference. This year, lead scientists from NASA will be sharing exciting information about the latest activities of the rover Curiosity, the most sophisticated explorer ever sent to another planet. Get caught up on the rover Curiosity's exciting exploration of Mars! Examination of the Martian atmosphere by the rover confirms that some meteorites that have dropped to earth really are from the red planet.
In February 2013, Curiosity drilled into a rock called "John Klein" and then analyzed the sample material with its on-board scientific instruments. On March 12, NASA announced that the analyses show conditions on Mars were once favorable for life! Join us to learn more about this breakthrough discovery. On Mars, as on Earth, sometimes things can take on an unusual appearance. A case in point is a shiny-looking rock seen in a recent image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. Curiosity has made a discovery! What could it be? Why are JPL scientists keeping this breaking news classified for now? Exploratorium host and Mars enthusiast Robyn Higdon and Ron Hipshman will give you a refresher on Curiosity's SAM instrument and will discuss the process that scientists at JPL must endure before releasing this ground breaking discovery to the public. Exploratorium host and Mars enthusiast Robyn Higdon gives us a tour of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission thus far, what the Curiosity rover is doing now, and what to look forward to in the months to come. En el programa de hoy, científicos del Exploratorium presentarán ejemplos de extremófilos – microrganismos que viven en condiciones extremas en la Tierra. Como Marte es un ambiente extremo, la pregunta sigue siendo, ¿podría el planeta rojo haber sustentado alguna forma de vida microbiana? Infórmate en nuestro webcast en vivo. Únete a los científicos del Exploratorium e infórmate de las últimas hazañas del astromóvil Curiosidad que está paseando por el planeta Marte e investigando la posibilidad de que haya condiciones hospitalarias para sustentar la vida extraterrestre.