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:  Update on the Mars Phoenix Lander (Webcast)
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00:27:26
The Mars Phoenix Lander will have been collecting data and sending it back to earth for a month! Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty will examine the data and tell us what new information we've gained about Mars. We'll also get an update on our old friends, the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity!

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Date: June 27, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Geology/Earth Science

Keywords: mars phoenix lander, mars, soil, poles, rovers, spirit, opportunity, space


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Return to Mars:  Mars Phoenix Lander Mission (Webcast)
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Learn more about the new mission to Mars! The Mars Phoenix Lander touched down on the Red Planet on Sunday, May 25, 2008, and began collecting data. Phoenix is designed to study the history of water and search for complex organic molecules in the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he walks us through the mission and shows us the first pictures that the Phoenix Lander sends back!

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Date: May 28, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Geology/Earth Science

Keywords: mars phoenix lander, mars, soil, poles, space, water, martian arctic, jpl, spacecraft, entry, descent, landing


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Return to Mars:  Mars Update: Of Asteroids and Craters (Webcast)
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00:28:06
Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he gives us an update on Mars and examines the possibility of an upcoming asteroid collision with the red planet!

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Date: January 23, 2008
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, rovers, asteroid, collision


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Return to Mars:  New Martian Discoveries (Webcast)
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The two Mars Rovers are alive and well after surviving their second Martian winter. Come and see photos of discoveries they made during their third year on Mars, with Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty.

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Date: March 31, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, rovers, spirit, opportunity, red planet, crater, jpl, rocks, rat, solar panels, wheels, sand, dust


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Return to Mars:  Happy Birthday, Opportunity (Webcast)
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On December 11, 2005, Opportunity, one of the twin rovers exploring Mars, celebrated its first Martian birthday. Opportunity had been on the red planet 687 Earth days, which is one Martian year. (A year is the time it takes a planet to make a complete loop around the sun). Join us for a look back over the those 687 days of discovery: what we learned, what we saw, and what questions remained unanswered.

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Date: December 11, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, rovers, spirit, opportunity, red planet, crater, jpl, rocks, rat, solar panels, wheels, sand, dust


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Return to Mars:  Where Have All the Rovers Gone? (Webcast)
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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.

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Date: February 8, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, mer, robots, science, images, horizon, craters, surfaces, dry lakes, rocks, wheels, cameras, nasa, jpl, rat, solar power, target.


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Return to Mars:  What's Next? (Webcast)
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00:29:21
We update on the week's exciting events on Mars and talk about what NASA has planned for future missions to the Red Planet.

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Date: February 28, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, mer, robots, science, images, horizon, craters, surfaces, dry lakes, rocks, wheels, cameras, nasa, jpl, rat, solar power, target.


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Return to Mars:  Talking to the Red Planet (Webcast)
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00:23:48
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.

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Date: February 21, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, mer, robots, science, images, horizon, craters, surfaces, dry lakes, rocks, wheels, cameras, nasa, jpl, rat, solar power, target.


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Return to Mars:  Mars Update: Mini-TES Surveys Mars Rocks (Webcast)
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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.

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Date: February 14, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, mer, mini-tes, robots, science, images, horizon, craters, surfaces, dry lakes, rocks, wheels, cameras, nasa, jpl, rat, solar power, target.


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Return to Mars:  Mars Update: Holes. Rocks, and the RAT (Webcast)
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With two rovers on Mars, we'll update you on all the latest findings. This week, learn more about the Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT).

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Date: February 7, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, mer, robots, science, images, horizon, craters, surfaces, dry lakes, rocks, wheels, cameras, nasa, jpl, rat, solar power, target.


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