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Tardigrades are amazing creatures that can withstand the most extreme conditions on Earth, as well as the vacuum of space! This unique and charismatic animal has the ability to survive in a variety of situations. In today's program, Exploratorium scientist Karen Kalumuck will continue our programming about life in extreme environments as it relates to the search for 'habitability' on Mars. Most things won't burn on Marsafter all, the main ingredient in the Martian atmosphere, carbon dioxide, is used in fire extinguishers on earth. So how would one create fire without oxygen? Use metal!This slow motion footage shows magnesium burning within a block of dry ice.
TI staff educator Eric Muller demonstrates a cool thing to do with dry ice, and it even relates to the standards!
TI staff educator Eric Muller hits me up for change, and then demonstrates a neat science activity using dry ice.
Our Exploratorium team talks to scientists from POLENET (Polar Earth Observing Network). In this interview from in front of the Canada Glacier in Antarcticas Taylor Valley, Hassan Basagic from Portland State University describes the essential role of polar glaciers in supporting the bare-bones ecosystems in the Dry Valleys. NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have long outlived their life expectancy of three months. Join us as we sum up the rover data and explain how this information changes our view of Mars. We update on the week's exciting events on Mars and talk about what NASA has planned for future missions to the Red Planet. How do JPL scientists and engineers talk to the MERs and how do we receive those amazing pictures in return? Find out how, and get the latest updates in this webcast. With two rovers on Mars, we update you on the latest findings. This week, hear (and see!) more about a tool called Mini-TES, which helps us learn about rocks on Mars.