More about the Exploratorium website: Return to Mars
Learn about ongoing missions to Mars and the long history of Mars exploration! Beginning in August 2012, we’ll present a series of webcasts about the Mars Science Laboratory mission and the newest rover, Curiosity. In over 30 previous webcasts, we’ve reported on the activities and discoveries of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and the Mars Phoenix Lander. We also explore our changing perceptions of the red planet and envision how a human being would experience Mars.


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Return to Mars:  Building Excitement for Curiosity's Landing (Webcast)
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The time has come! The Curiosity rover will be landing on the planet Mars on August 5, 2012. The Exploratorium crew did a special live webcast from the museum floor at our evening program for adults, called After Dark. Join us as we get the lowdown on the Mars mission!

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Date: August 2, 2012
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science

Keywords: mars, jpl, mars rover, curiosity, jet propulsion laboratory, nasa, landing, spacecraft, robot, geology, space


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Return to Mars:  The Scientific Capabilities of the Mars Rover Curiosity (Clip)
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Research Scientist Bethany Ehlmann and Mechanical Designer Scott McGinley explain some of the scientific instruments aboard the Mars rover Curiosity.

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Date: August 2, 2012
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): astronomy/space science

Keywords: curiosity, exploratorium, mars, mission, nasa, rover, model, jpl, jet propulsion laboratory, msl, mars science laboratory, geology, rocks, lasers, chem cam, bethany ehlmann, scott mcginley


Return to Mars:  Testing the Mars Rover Curiosity (Clip)
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Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) explain how they simulate martian conditions and conduct tests with model rovers to prepare the Curiosity rover for its journey to Mars and its work on the red planet.

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Date: August 1, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): astronomy/space science

Keywords: curiosity, exploratorium, mars, mission, nasa, rover, model, jpl, jet propulsion laboratory, msl, mars science laboratory, geology, rocks, lasers, chem cam, matt heverly, patrick martin, armen toorian, fernando abilleira, mars yard, sandbox, vacuum chambe


Return to Mars:  Exploratorium visits the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA (Clip)
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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.

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Date: July 31, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, jpl, space, curiosity rover, rocket science, nasa


Return to Mars:  Exploratorium at JPL: Explorando con Curiosidad (Clip)
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Fernando Abilleira, Ingeniero Español especializado en navegación y trayectorias quien trabaja para la NASA, describe como el astromóvil "Curiosidad" aterrizará sobre la superficie del planeta Marte en el cráter llamado "Gale", un lugar de alto inte

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Date: July 18, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: curiosity, mars rover, return to mars, mars in spanish


Return to Mars:  Curiosity Model Teaser (Clip)
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A glimpse of the full-scale model of the Mars rover, Curiosity. On display at the Exploratorium from August 1st to September 16, 2012. This model is on loan from JPL, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and there are only two on loan in the United States!

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Date: July 11, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): astronomy/space science

Keywords: curiosity, exploratorium, mars, mission, nasa, rover, model, jpl, jet propulsion laboratory, msl, mars science laboratory, geology, rocks, lasers, chem cam


Return to Mars:   Mars in a Minute-Where does your curiosity lead? (Clip)
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In this video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we examine the notion of curiosity. Curiosity is a big part of what it means to be human. It's also the name of NASA's next Mars rover. This 60-second video shows how one type of curiosity can inspire another.

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Date: May 30, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, rover, nasa, curiosity, mission, exploratorium


Return to Mars:  Mars in a Minute-How do you land on Mars? (Clip)
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In this video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we look at landing on Mars. Landing a spacecraft on Mars is one of the trickiest things we do. This 60-second video explains how it’s done, and the three landing systems we use at the Red Planet.

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Date: May 30, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: curiosity, exploratorium, mars, mission, nasa, rover, landing


Return to Mars:  Curiosity Rover Trailer (Clip)
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In this video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an animation shows the major mission events of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars.

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Date: May 30, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: curiosity, exploratorium, mars, mission, nasa, rover, landing


Return to Mars:  Overview of MSL and Curiosity (Webcast)
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00:37:18
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!

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Date: November 26, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, curiosity, msl, mars science laboratory, jpl, cape canaveral, kennedy space center, rocket, space, exploration


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