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PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE - To MARS with MER
PBS Stations and non-commercial Educational Broadcasters
Because "To MARS with MER." is made possible, in part, by support from NSF and NASA, the following hour-long broadcasts are available free to all public television stations and non-commercial educational stations and networks, whether state, regional or school-based. PBS stations have the right to air the programs 4 times over 3 years from the initial air or feed date. Educators, whether K-12 or at science centers, etc., have free rights to record the programs off-air and may use the programs for the "life of tape" for non-commercial educational purposes. Broadcasters needing loaner tapes (Beta SP, 56:46, c.c., Stereo) should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973.656.9403. Informal science educators at science centers, planetariums, etc., who are interested in public performance rights and access to tapes should also contact P2K as above. Science centers may use the broadcasts as complete programs, or in segments, in both auditoriums and hosted on computer kiosks.
Six hour-long programs are being broadcast as part of "To MARS with MER." The first, COUNTDOWN TO MARS (from Chicago, IL), aired live and interactive on May 1, 2003, SpaceDay, at 13:00 Eastern over participating PBS stations and NASA-TV. The second program, FIRST LOOK (from Houston, TX), designed for science centers and planetarium usage as well as for general public television audiences, aired on Saturday, January 17, 2004 and the third, NEW VIEWS (from St. Louis, MO), was distributed live via satellite on Saturday, May 1, 2004. Three prime time broadcasts, for general audiences, are also part of TMwM. The first, BOUNCING TO MARS, debuted on August 27, 2003, and has been subsequently aired or re-run by many PBS stations and NASA TV. WHAT WENT RIGHT and FOLLOWING THE WATER will be available to coincide with the two-year anniversary of the successful landings, in January 2006.
Click on the navigation panel on the left to find out more about where and when to watch, how to send e-mail questions during the broadcasts, and how to use the web to dig deeper into the latest about Mars and the Mars Exploration Rovers mission!