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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. Why is water, or evidence of water, so important to the Mars missions?
Join Exploratorium scientists Ron Hipschman and Karen Kalumuck as they examine water as one of the building blocks for life and what previous Mars missions have discovered about water on the red planet. The Curiosity rover has an incredible tool mounted on the mast, called the "ChemCam",which is a rock-zapping laser and telescope! This laser can hit rock or soil targets up to about 23 ft (or 7 meters) away. In today's show, Ron and Paul will share details about this amazing suite of tools!
In today's webcast, Exploratorium hosts Ron Hipschman and Robyn Higdon will look at the tools and technology on the robotic arm of the Mars rover, Curiosity. What are some of the scientific instruments and capabilities of NASA's newest rover on Mars? Watch as comedian/musician Reggie Watts improvises an ending to the Mars webcast on August 9th, 2012. Join us today for a very special Mars webcast! We will have our staff scientists talking about new images from Mars, and the cameras that take those pictures. We also have two special musical guests joining us; Thomas Dolby will sing in the show, and Reggie Watts will sing us out! El Exploratorium presentar una serie extensa de webcasts y programas relacionados a la misin de la NASA llamada Mars Science Laboratory o el laboratorio de ciencia del planeta Marte. Luego de un viaje espacial de 8 meses, el flamante rastreador de Marte, el astromvil Curiosidad, aterrizara en la superficie marciana y comenzar su investigacin y bsqueda de lugares que puedan haber albergado, o todava alberguen, alguna forma de vida orgnica.
Nuestros cientficos y otros expertos estarn atentos a los descubrimientos de Curiosidad y compartirn con Ustedes las mas recientes noticias e imgenes de Marte. Take to the skies on board the zeppelin Eureka with pilot Andrea Deyling of Airship Ventures and get a crash-free course in lighter-than-air flight: Whats the difference between an airship, a blimp, and a zeppelin? How do they stay aloft? How high and how fast can they fly?
Airship Ventures operates the only commercial passenger airship operation in the United States. To find out more go to www.airshipventures.com. 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. 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.