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PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE - To MARS with MER
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Who You Will See
Host: Bill Nye
Guests: Orlando Figueroa NASA HQ (Director of Solar System Exploration and "Mars Czar"), Carolyn Sumners, HMNS, and Donna Shirley
Host: Stephenie Lievense
Guests, live and on tape: Steve Squyres, Cathy Weitz, Kobie Boykins, Zoe Learner, Wayne Lee, Nagin Cox, TPS "Red Rover Goes to Mars" kids and ATHENA Student Interns involved in MER
On Saturday January 17, from 3-4 p.m. Eastern, PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE presented "FIRST LOOK", hosted by Bill Nye The Science Guy, an hour-long interactive program originating live from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA (home base for the rover mission), and from several action-packed locations in the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Houston, Texas. "FIRST LOOK" premiered just a few days after "Spirit" began roving around the Red Planet, the program provided a literal "first look" at astonishing new vistas and science data "just in" from Mars. On camera at JPL and commenting on the first new pictures and observations are lead Science Investigator, Steve Squyres, and Cathy Weitz, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Program Scientist. Entry, Descent and Landing engineer, Adam Steltzner, will provide a play-by-play of "Spirit’s" exciting but risk-filled landing, and look ahead to "Opportunity’s" arrival on January 24th. Mechanical engineer Kobie Boykins explains the challenges of deploying the solar panels and science instruments, and the difficult task of getting off the lander petals and safely onto the Martian surface. Science team member Zoe Learner describes results from the first experiments using the cameras and the rover’s sophisticated sensors. Stephenie Lievense hosts at JPL.