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00:04:17
The Exploratorium’s new home has an ace up its sleeve for the next big earthquake—a single seismic joint, 300 feet long and two feet wide, will isolate the entire pier structure from the rest of San Francisco. Watch here as the bulkhead at Pier 15 is readied for the installation of the seismic joint.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: November 20, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:28:00
In this historical video from 1996, which was originally made for a museum floor installation, we learn about both the Palace of Fine Arts and the roots of the Exploratorium. This piece mixes footage from films in the Exploratorium's collection and interviews with historians, architects, and museum staff.

Project: History of the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: November 6, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics, Art, History
Running Time:
00:08:22
In 1997, the Exploratorium opened the Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio on the museum floor, linking Internet users to live museum events and to live events at remote locations. In this video you can explore the early days of webcasting at the Exploratorium.

Project: History of the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: November 1, 2012
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:02:48
Riotously colorful bacteria and mobile mosses meet carnivorous plants and rotting carcasses in this impressionistic journey through the Life Sciences area at the Exploratorium.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: October 18, 2012
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): life sciences/biology
Running Time:
00:01:56
At our last After Dark in our current home, the theme was Mars! On display the museum has a full-scale model of the Mars rover Curiosity, which arrived on the red planet Sunday, August 5. At After Dark, we had Martians, robots, and extraterrestrials in the crowd! There were Martian themed lectures, a live webcast, and activities like the Egg Drop, where visitors practiced landing a homemade Rover safely onto the ground. Red skies at night offer fun and delight.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: August 24, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:43:41
How do you work with a robot millions of miles away to make scientific discoveries on a planet you've never set foot on? How do scientists and engineers begin to "see like a rover"- and what can this tell us about who we are as meaning-making creatures? Find out how, by studying the team behind the rover mission, we learn about more than just the surface of Mars.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 17, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:41:53
What would it be like on Mars? Get a sense of Martian living with Exploratorium scientist Paul Doherty. He'll introduce the capabilities of the new rover and demonstrate what the planet would look, smell, and feel like to someone on the ground. Learn how things would fall, how they'd burn, and the shape a Martian snowflake should take in a snowstorm.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 8, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:20:00
An audiovisual experience on board the Airship Eureka, the only Zeppelin operating in the Americas. For more information on the Airship Eureka or to find out how you can go up in a zeppelin, go to http://www.airshipventures.com/. Music by Wayne Grim.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: August 8, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:01:23
Mechanical Engineer Armen Toorian explains that the wheel tracks of the Mars rover Curiosity are used to determine how far the rover has travelled on the red planet.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 6, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): astronomy/space science
Running Time:
00:03:07
Lead Curiosity Driver Matt Heverly and Research Scientist Bethany Ehlmann elaborate on the unusual working conditions involved with a Mars rover expedition.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 3, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): astronomy/space science