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See an 8 minute video of the planet Mars from the James Lick Observatory telescope! We stayed up with Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman at the Lick Observatory in San Jose, California, for the best view we've had of Mars in a long, long time. At midnight on August 27, Earth and Mars passed closer to one another than they have in 60,000 years. Astronomers were on hand to tell us all about our nearest neighbor—its geography, orbit, and why both NASA and the European Space Agency have chosen this time to launch robotic missions to Mars. In preparation for the 2004 landing of the Mars Exploration Rovers, NASA engineers and scientists tested their remote operation procedures using a rover called FIDO (field integrated design & operations rover). Our remote team traveled to the desert test site to see what they learned in the desert and what they hoped to learn on Mars. Join us as NASA releases the first images from the Hubble Telescope's new camera, NICMOS (the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer). We'll discuss the significance and beauty of these pictures of our galaxy with the NICMOS' Lead Scientist, Keith Noll. Exploratorium staff Ron Hipschman and Robyn Higdon sum up the last five days of spacewalks, and show a couple of good-bye conferences with the shuttle astronauts. The Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) will be brought back to life with the installation of the new experimental NICMOS cryo-cooler. The cryo-cooler updates the technology from that of an icebox to a modern refrigerator. We also talk to Keith Noll, head if the Hubble Heritage Project, which is responsible for bringing us those stunning pictures from deep space. The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) was successfully installed. In preparation for the installation of the NICMOS Cooling System tomorrow, the astronauts also installed the Electronics Support Module. We also talk with Massimo Stiavelli, a scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute about his involvement with the ACS and the future Wide Field Planetary Camera 3 (WFPC3) scheduled to be installed during the next servicing mission in 2004. Learn about the successful replacement of the Power Control Unit (PCU) and listen as we talk with Mark Clampin, part of the team that developed the Advanced Camera for Surveys scheduled for installation tonight. We learn about Hubble's new solar arrays, and Dr. Bruce Margon talks about the future of Hubble and about the Next Generation Telescope, which will eventually replace Hubble. 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.