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What would it be like to set up camp on Mars? Learn about Martian camping conditions, including how to "boil" water.

Dr. Keith Noll of the Hubble Heritage Project and the Exploratorium's Ron Hipschman explain how MERs’ images are sent back to Earth.

Explore how Mars’s gravity and geology would affect rock climbers, with the Exploratorium's Dr. Paul Doherty.

How old would you be on Mars? Learn how time passes on Mars by exploring its calendar and seasons.

Find out what sunsets look like on Mars and what makes the red planet red with images taken by the MERs’ cameras

Come to the Exploratorium and see the first images from the Mars Rover Spirit. Learn about the Mars missions and the tools used to explore Mars.

Chris McKay, Planetary Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, has traveled the world seeking Mars-like environments. In the Dry Valleys of Antarctica—his favorite Mars analog on Earth—Dr. McKay discovered a kind of algae living inside rocks porous to light and water. He’ll show us some of these rocks and talk about the physical conditions required for life.

Meet Breea Govenar, a biologist at Penn State University, as she speaks to us from aboard a research vessel from Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institute. She'll discuss life near deep-sea thermal vents in the Pacific Ocean. The Webcast also includes Dr. Alissa Arp, a biologist from San Francisco State University studying the tube worms that live around these very hot marine spots.

Julia Child and physicist Philip Morrison once cooked up (and sampled) "primordial soup," a mixture of ingredients said to be the materials from which life sprang on Earth. How accurate is this notion? David Deamer studies how some molecules self-assemble into order, and has developed new theories about how life evolved from components on Earth. We’ll talk with him, do hands-on experiments, and watch vintage footage of Julia Child tasting the soup. Guests: David Deamer, Director, UC Berkeley SETI Program, and Karen Kalumuk, Exploratorium staff scientist.

See an 8 minute video of the planet Mars from the James Lick Observatory telescope!