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Mars Dead or Alive: Mars Up Close
Since landing on Mars in January 2004, Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rovers, have helped scientists learn an amazing amount about the red planet. The sophisticated rovers far exceeded expectations with the geological clues they have dug up about the planet's past. In this video tour of the rover landing sites, the mission's principal science investigator, Steve Squyres, describes some of the discoveries made by the rovers, particularly unique rock textures and chemistries that suggest that they were formed in the presence of water.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
    • Video
  • Audio:
    • Sound
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geochemistry
    • Geology
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Flash player
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Source: NOVA "MARS Dead or Alive". Copyright 2002-2006, WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-786
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: WGBH Educational Foundation