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On November 8, 2006, Mercury slowly slid across the face of the sun during a relatively rare event known as a transit. The Exploratorium's Live@ crew was at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona to cover the event. This webcast includes a brief history of Kitt Peak and its 21 telescopes. Setting up camp at the Kamchatka Microbial Observatory. The bath pool at the Kamchatka Microbial Observatory. Searching for diesel at the Kamchatka Microbial Observatory. The Geyser Valley is a "candy shop" for microbiologists and geochemists. Bears lumber across a pristine landscape in remote Kamchatka, Russia. Discovered just 60 years ago, this remote valley in Russia is a treasure trove for scientists studying microorganisms that survive under extreme conditions. Tour the lab tent where scientists study the unique microbiology and geochemistry of the hot springs of Russia's Uzon Caldera. Hot mud, boiling up in remote Russia. The sun goes down in a cloudy sky in Kamchatka, Russia.