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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
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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
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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
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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
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00:03:55
Research Scientist Bethany Ehlmann and Mechanical Designer Scott McGinley explain some of the scientific instruments aboard the Mars rover Curiosity.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 2, 2012
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): astronomy/space science
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00:02:02
The Exploratorium is more than a science museum. It is the global leader in informal learning, having spawned 1000 participatory science centers around the world. An estimated 180 million people play with our creations in museums around the globe and online. The Exploratorium is made up of scientists, artists, teachers and tinkerers. It is a public laboratory where visitors are encouraged to ask questions, experiment, and ultimately see the world a little differently.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: August 2, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:04:50
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.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 1, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): astronomy/space science
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00:04:05
On the cliffs above San Francisco's Ocean Beach perches a landmark observatory—a giant camera obscura. Step inside with Robert Tacchetto and see how this centuries-old technology creates enchanting images of the outside world.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: July 11, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:01:00
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!

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

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