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"AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR (PART) SPONSOR...",
"PRESENTED THROUGH THE COOPERATION OF",
PLACES YOU WILL VISIT,   PEOPLE YOU WILL MEET,
2003 MARS EXPLORATION ROVERS,
MARS MATERIALS SHOWN DURING THE BROADCAST,
MARS MATERIALS FOR EDUCATORS AND SCIENCE CENTERS,
MISSIONS TO MARS   FOLLOW THE WATER,
SEARCH FOR LIFE,   MARS LINKS

"AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR (PART) SPONSOR..."

NSF Home Page
http://www.nsf.gov
Main Home Page for the National Science Foundation with links to their various programs, press releases, funding opportunites and NSF publications.

NASA Home Page
http://www.nasa.gov
Main Home Page for NASA with links to NASA projects and resources.

NASA Office of Space Science
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oss/
The Office of Space Science is responsible for all of NASA's research from the middle levels of Earth's atmosphere to the edge of the universe.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's homepage where you will find links to the latest missions, science news and educational resources.

Mars Exploration Program
http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov
The latest information on Mars missions excellent background information on Mars.

"PRESENTED THROUGH THE COOPERATION OF"

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov
Homepage for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory with the latest information on NASA research and missions.

DePaul Space Science Center for Education and Outreach
http://analyzer.depaul.edu/NASABroker/
DePaul is part of NASA's Office of Space Science's support system for education and outreach. You will find information about their programs and resources.

Athena Instrument Site
http://athena.cornell.edu/
Cornell University's Mars Exploration Rover site where you will find the latest information about the mission including terrific updates, information about some of the people involved with the mission, information about the instrument package on board the rovers and an excellent gallery of images of the Mars Exploration Rovers.

Arizona State University Mars K-12 Education Program
http://marsed.asu.edu/
Arizona State University's education website where you will find information about Mars, activities and opportunites for workshops on Mars.

PLACES YOU WILL VISIT

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov
Homepage for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory with the latest information on NASA research and missions.

DePaul Space Science Center for Education and Outreach
http://analyzer.depaul.edu/NASABroker/
DePaul is part of NASA's Office of Space Science's support system for education and outreach. You will find information about their programs and resources.

PEOPLE YOU WILL MEET

Bill Nye
http://www.billnye.com
BIOgraphy of Bill Nye

Nagin Cox
http://passporttoknowledge.com/mars/researchers/nagincox_bio1.html
BIOgraphy of Nagin Cox

Wayne Lee
http://passporttoknowledge.com/mars/researchers/waynelee_bio1.html BIOgraphy of Wayne Lee

Joy Crisp
http://passporttoknowledge.com/mars/researchers/joycrisp_bio1.html
BIOgraphy of Joy Crisp

John Callas
http://passporttoknowledge.com/mars/researchers/johncallas_bio1.html
BIOgraphy of John Callas

Jessica Collisson
http://passporttoknowledge.com/mars/researchers/jessicacollisson_bio1.html
BIOgraphy of Jessica Collisson

Eddie Tunstel
http://passporttoknowledge.com/mars/researchers/edwardtunstel_bio1.html
BIOgraphy of Eddie Tunstel

Adam Stelziner
 http://passporttoknowledge.com/mars/researchers/adamsteltzner_bio1.html BIOgraphy of Adam Steltzner

BIOgraphies
http://passporttoknowledge.com/mars/researchers/biographies.html
BIOgraphies of scientists involved with missions to Mars.

Athena Science Team Members
http://athena.cornell.edu/the_mission/scientists.html
Links to Biographies of the Athena Science Team for the Mars Exploration Rover Mission.

Athena Science Cool Scientists
http://athena.cornell.edu/kids/archive.html
The Athena Way Cool Scientist webpage for kids.

2003 MARS EXPLORATION ROVERS

Athena Science Package
http://athena.cornell.edu/
The website for the the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers' science payload.

2003 Mars Exploration Rovers
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html
A summary of the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover Mission

More About the Mission
http://spacekids.hq.nasa.gov/2003/mission.htm
A short summary of each of the instruments that will be on board the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers.

Mars Exploration Program Landing Sites
http://marsoweb.arc.nasa.gov/landingsites/
The place to find the latest information about the possible landing sites for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers mission.

MOC Images for MER 2003 Landing Sites
http://marsoweb.arc.nasa.gov/landingsites/mer2003/mocs/
Images from the Mars Orbiter Camera on board the Mars Global Surveyor of the possible landing sites for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers mission.

2003 Mars Exploration Rovers Mini-thermal Emission Spectrometer
http://tes.asu.edu/MINITES/
Website for the Mini-TES which will use thermal infrared spectrometry to characterize the Martian surface.

Pancam
http://astrosun.tn.cornell.edu/athena/pancam.html
Pancam, one of the six instruments on the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers, views the surface around the rover in stereo and color, using two high-resolution cameras.

Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT)
http://www.hbrobotics.com/rat.htm
Honeybee Robotics' page for the Rock Abraision Tool.

MARS MATERIALS SHOWN DURING THE BROADCAST

Rocket Science 101
http://passporttoknowledge.com/mer/involved/rocketscience.html
Students explore Newton's Laws of Motion by filling balloons with varying amounts of air and calculating their distrance and how long it takes.

Rocket Science 101 Student Worksheet
http://passporttoknowledge.com/mer/involved/rocketscienceworksheet.html
The student worksheet for the Rocket Science 101 Activity

The Incredible Egg-Drop Challenge
http://passporttoknowledge.com/mer/involved/eggdrop.html
This popular activity with students challenges students to use specific materials to land a raw egg safely on Earth to simulate the soft landing of the rovers on Mars. Originally used during the 1996-1997 LIVE FROM MARS Project which followed the Mars Pathfinder Mission.

Build a Robot out of Humans http://passporttoknowledge.com/mer/involved/robot.html
Students explore the difficulty of building a robot that can operate on Mars, where the time delay caused by distance means it must function without direct and continual human control

MARS MATERIALS FOR EDUCATORS AND SCIENCE CENTERS

Mars Activites: Teacher Resources and Classroom Activities Book
http://msip.asu.edu/pages/pdfs/MSIP-MarsActivities.pdf
The Lava Layering Activity that was seen in the broadcast and other activities for a unit on Mars.

Mars Student Imaging Project
http://msip.asu.edu/pages/curriculum/curriculum.html
Students will be able to develop a project using the THEMIS camera on board the 2001 Mars Odyssey Spacecraft, submit their proposal and if their proposal is accepted actually collect data using the real THEMIS camera.

Live from Mars Teacher's Guide
http://passporttoknowledge.com/lfm/teachers/tg/index.html
The online version of the LIVE FROM MARS Teacher's Guide for the original LFM project.

Mars Exploration Program
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/classroom/teachers.html
An online pdf version of the Mars Activity Book with activities for students in grades K-12.

Red Rover, Red Rover
http://planetary.org/rrrr/index.html
The Home Page for the Planetary Society's Red Rover, Red Rover project.

Red Rover Goes to Mars
http://www.planetary.org/rrgtm/
Read about eight students from around the world who had the opportunity to travel to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to guide a robotic rover through a large-scale simulated Martian terrain.

Simple Spectroscope
http://asd-www.larc.nasa.gov/edu_act/simple_spec.html
Instructions on how to make a simple spectroscope using diffraction grating and a toilet paper tube.

MISSIONS TO MARS

Mars Odyssey Homepage
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/odyssey/
The main site for the Mars Odyssey Mission

2003 Mars Exploration Rovers
http://athena.cornell.edu/
Homepage for NASA's next lander mission to Mars.

Mars Global Surveyor
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mgs/
Website for the Mars Global Surveyor mission with the latest current images of Mars.

Mars Express
http://sci.esa.int/marsexpress/
Website for the European Space Agency's Mars Express mission.

Mars Pathfinder Mission
http://mpfwww.jpl.nasa.gov/default.html
This page takes you to the Mars Pathfinder websites on the day of the landing on Mars and at the end of the mission.

Mars Pathfinder Mission--Sojourner
http://mpfwww.jpl.nasa.gov/MPF/mpf/rover.html
The website for the Mars Pathfinder's rover, Sojourner.

Viking Project
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/viking.html
Mars images from the Viking Project.

Mariner Mars Missions
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/mars/mariner.html
Images, science data and spacecraft specifications from the Mariner Mars Missions.

Mars Exploration Program
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/future/2005-plus.html
Information about the sample return and other missions.

FOLLOW THE WATER

MOC Images Suggest Recent Sources of Liquid Water on Mars
http://www.msss.com/mars_images/moc/june2000/
Images from the Mars Global Surveyor's Mars Orbiter Camera showing the possibility of water on Mars.

Mars Surprise
http://spacescience.com/headlines/y2000/ast22jun_2.htm?list
High resolution images from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft reveal features that suggest current sources of liquid water at or near the surface of the red planet.

Red Planet Connection--April 2000
http://tes.asu.edu/EDUCATION/rpconline/rpc/march00/mar_00_sur.pdf
This edition of the "Red Planet Connection" is on "Mars and the Search for Water."

Red Planet Connection--April 2000 (Teacher Edition) http://tes.asu.edu/EDUCATION/rpconline/rpc/march00/mar_00_teach.pdf The teacher's edition provides background information and an activity to be used with the student version.

Malin Space Science Systems
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mgs/msss/camera/images/june2000/index.html
MOC Images Suggest Recent Sources of Liquid Water on Mars

SEARCH FOR LIFE

Mars Meteorites
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/snc/
Images and information on the latest Mars meteorites found on Earth.

The Physics and Biology of Making Mars Habitable
http://web.mit.edu/mmm/www/summary.html
A summary of the October 10-11, 2000 conference on sending humans to Mars.

A Steamy Cover-up on the Red Planet http://science.msfc.nasa.gov/current/event/ast18feb99_1.htm
Mars Global Surveyor sees evidence for geologically recent volcanism that has covered over craters and may provide a niche for life

ALH 84001 Mars Meteorite
http://cass.jsc.nasa.gov/pub/lpi/meteorites/mars_meteorite.html
The homepage for the famous Mars meteorite discovered in 1997 which may help prove that life did once exist on Mars.

Mars Exploration
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/science/life/index.html
Information on conditions needed for life to thrive and looking for life signs.

MARS LINKS

Mars Orbiter Camera Martian Weather Update
http://www.msss.com/mars_images/moc/weather_reports/
Once a week you will find the latest information about the weather on Mars.

Solar System Exploration
http://solarsystem.jpl.nasa.gov/features/planets/mars/mars.html
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's solarsystem website.

The Nine Planets
http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/billa/tnp/mars.html
Information about Mars along with links to some of the latest information about our nearest planet.

Views of the Solar System
http://www.solarviews.com/solar/eng/mars.htm
Great website for basic information about Mars and the other planets

NASA's Planetary Photojournal
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/
A collection of Mars images from the different Missions and the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Red Planet Connection
http://tes.asu.edu/EDUCATION/rpconline/index.html
Online newsletter published by the Arizona State University Mars K-12 Education Program written on a student level with a teacher's edition.

Windows to the Universe
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/cgi-bin/
tour.cgi?link=/mars/mars.html
&frp=/windows3.html&cd=false&fr=f&sw=
false&art=ok&edu=mid&tour=&cdp=/windows3.html&sn=0

Planetary facts, myths and culture on Mars.

The Martian Mystique: History
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mystique/history/index.html
Timline of Mars from the early observations to the current exploration.