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Mars Dead or Alive: Welcome to Mars
During the first of two landings in the Mars Exploration Rover mission, scientists and engineers were full of anticipation and anxiety the night that the rover 'Spirit' was due to land. Would the rover land safely and be able to complete its mission to find out about the geological history of the planet? This video segment shows the range of emotions experienced by NASA scientists and technicians as they observe the landing and the beginning of a new era of space exploration. Is also includes clips from an animation showing the atmospheric entry and landing of a Mars rover.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Video
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Space science
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
QuickTime plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Source: NOVA "MARS Dead or Alive". Copyright 2002-2006, WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-787
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: WGBH Educational Foundation
http://www.wgbh.org/