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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.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 1, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): astronomy/space science
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00:03:27
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.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: July 31, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
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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
Running Time:
00:01:00
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.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: May 30, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:01:00
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.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: May 30, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:01:37
In this video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an animation shows the major mission events of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: May 30, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
01:23
In this short interview with Dan Goods, designer, artist, and visual strategist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goods discusses his art piece, "Jupiter Fog Pool." The piece, inspired by the Juno mission to Jupiter, was part of "Cosmological Constructs," our After Dark event of September 2010.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: September 3, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Art, Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:33:08
Is water ice present or absent in a crater near the moon's south pole? NASA’s Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission is seeking a definitive answer. Join Exploratorium staff for a special Webcast featuring live coverage of LCROSS crashing into the moon! Our team will be broadcasting live from the 36" Refractor Telescope at Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, where we’ll watch the impact and investigate how this intentional crash could reveal the existence of water ice.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: October 9, 2009
Format: Lecture
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:21:06
Dr. Laura Peticolas is a physicist at UC Berkeley's Space Physics Research group. She studies the Aurora to learn more about the Earth and the workings of our Solar System. She's currently working with NASA's Mars data to understand why the Martian aurora looks the way it does. In this podcast she discusses her research, her inspiration and how and why scientists sonify data.

Project: Exploratorium Audio Salon | Browse All

Date: September 3, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): physics, astronomy
Running Time:
00:31:28
Hear more from scientists working on the Ice Cube telescope at the South Pole.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: January 12, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Astronomy/Space Science