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:  News from AGU with Senior Scientist Paul Doherty (Webcast)
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Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he shares news from the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference. This year, lead scientists from NASA will be sharing exciting information about the latest activities of the rover Curiosity, the most sophisticated explorer ever sent to another planet.

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Date: December 16, 2013
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, curiosity


Return to Mars:  Mars Update: November 15, 2013 (Webcast)
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Get caught up on the rover Curiosity's exciting exploration of Mars! Examination of the Martian atmosphere by the rover confirms that some meteorites that have dropped to earth really are from the red planet.

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Date: November 18, 2013
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: mars, curiosity


Return to Mars:  Mars Update: March 2013 (Webcast)
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In February 2013, Curiosity drilled into a rock called "John Klein" and then analyzed the sample material with its on-board scientific instruments. On March 12, NASA announced that the analyses show conditions on Mars were once favorable for life! Join us to learn more about this breakthrough discovery.

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Date: March 22, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): astronomy/Space Science, General Science

Keywords: mars, space, habitable environment, chemical ingredients for life, chemical energy for microbes


Return to Mars:  Mars Update: Feb. 2013 (Webcast)
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On Mars, as on Earth, sometimes things can take on an unusual appearance. A case in point is a shiny-looking rock seen in a recent image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

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Date: February 20, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science

Keywords: mars, space, curiosity


Return to Mars:  Curiosity's Secret Discovery (Webcast)
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Curiosity has made a discovery! What could it be? Why are JPL scientists keeping this breaking news classified for now? Exploratorium host and Mars enthusiast Robyn Higdon and Ron Hipshman will give you a refresher on Curiosity's SAM instrument and will discuss the process that scientists at JPL must endure before releasing this ground breaking discovery to the public.

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Date: November 27, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science

Keywords: mars, jpl, mars rover, curiosity, sam, jet propulsion laboratory, nasa, landing, spacecraft, robot, geology, space, msl, mars science laboratory, chemcam, vaporizing ray, laser


Return to Mars:  Highlights of Curiosity and MSL Mission So Far (Webcast)
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Exploratorium host and Mars enthusiast Robyn Higdon gives us a tour of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission thus far, what the Curiosity rover is doing now, and what to look forward to in the months to come.

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Date: September 15, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science

Keywords: mars, jpl, mars rover, curiosity, jet propulsion laboratory, nasa, landing, spacecraft, robot, geology, space, msl, mars science laboratory, chemcam, vaporizing ray, laser


Return to Mars:   Amante de condiciones extremas – ¿habrá vida en Marte? (Webcast)
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En el programa de hoy, científicos del Exploratorium presentarán ejemplos de extremófilos – microrganismos que viven en condiciones extremas en la Tierra. Como Marte es un ambiente extremo, la pregunta sigue siendo, ¿podría el planeta rojo haber sustentado alguna forma de vida microbiana? Infórmate en nuestro webcast en vivo.

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Date: September 13, 2012
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science

Keywords: mars, jpl, mars rover, curiosity, jet propulsion laboratory, nasa, spacecraft, geology, space, msl, mars science laboratory, extremofilos, microrganismos, la tierra, marte, el planeta,


Return to Mars:  Exploring Distant Worlds on Earth (Webcast)
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We'll be joined in studio by a University of Washington marine geologist to discuss the deployment of a deep sea observatory off the coast of Oregon. Like an expeditions to Mars, this work is the result of years of mapping, planning, and complex engineering and science to explore hard-to-reach places.

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Date: September 13, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Geology/Earth Science, Astronomy/Space Science

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Return to Mars:  ¿Que está pasando con el astromóvil Curiosidad en Marte? (Webcast)
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Únete a los científicos del Exploratorium e infórmate de las últimas hazañas del astromóvil Curiosidad que está paseando por el planeta Marte e investigando la posibilidad de que haya condiciones hospitalarias para sustentar la vida extraterrestre.

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Date: September 11, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science

Keywords: mars, jpl, mars rover, curiosity, jet propulsion laboratory, nasa, landing, spacecraft, robot, geology, space, msl, mars science laboratory, chemcam, vaporizing ray, marte, astromovil, el planeta,


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Return to Mars:  Curiosity, Spirit, and Opportunity (Webcast)
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In today's program, Exploratorium host Ron Hipschman will give a quick update on Curiosity and then revisit the MER rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.

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Date: September 8, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science

Keywords: mars, jpl, mars rover, curiosity, jet propulsion laboratory, nasa, landing, spacecraft, robot, geology, space, msl, mars science laboratory, chemcam, vaporizing ray, laser


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