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Join the Exploratorium crew on our trip to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in
Pasadena, California, to learn more about the Mars Science Laboratory mission
and the Curiosity rover. It's time for a new mission to Mars! Join Exploratorium science educators as we celebrate the launch of the newest rover, Curiosity, as it begins it's 8 1/2 month journey to the planet Mars. We will look at the launch itself, talk a little bit about MSL(Mars Science Laboratory) and Curiosity, summarize the history of Mars exploration, and look forward to what is next! The only thing to beat out Iron Science Halloween! Holiday madness right when you could use a laugh.... today's secret ingredient: fruitcake! The Live @ cast and crew take a journey to our Nation's Capitol for a special politically-charged edition of Iron Science Teacher. The competitors must create a math or science activity that is politically correct and leaves no child behind. In an exclusive taped interview, Hubble payload commander and astronaut John Grunsfeld discusses how astronauts who'll be servicing a telescope in space train in a giant pool at the Johnson Space Center. We'll also show an interview with space engineer Amy Ross, filmed in the space suit laboratory at Johnson. Fresh from the launch viewing area at Kennedy Space Center, Ron Hipschman shows images and recounts what it’s like to watch at shuttle launch from three miles away. We also preview the mission and the tasks the astronauts will be doing during their five planned space walks. Watch as the best teachers on the planet battle it out for the title of Iron Science Teacher. In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity. This week’s “secret” ingredient: corks!