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PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE - To MARS with MER Watch the Videos

"To MARS with MER" includes more than 6 hours of broadcast television, with 3 live and interactive programs designed for science centers, planetariums, homes, schools, and other informal science education venues, and 3 documentaries taking viewers behind the scenes of the Mars Exploration Rover mission--from years before launch, to landing and surface operations. What's common to all the programs is a focus on the diverse teams of people who designed, built, launched and operate the rovers. They come from all sorts of backgrounds, some with advanced academic degrees, some with high school diplomas, some senior researchers, some just out of college. You can read lots more about many of them in RESEARCH/ers. And you can see and hear several of the engineers and scientists as they answer questions from students and members of the general public. Check out the dozens of interactions from P2K's three live and interactive programs at:

COUNTDOWN TO MARS Questions and Answers

FIRST LOOK Questions and Answers

NEW VIEWS Questions and Answers

TMwM also offers special web features, introducing you online to some of the men and women behind the rovers, as well as mini-documentaries of Marsapalooza, the lively 9-day, 5-city education and outreach tour that took 6 MER scientists and engineers on the road in December 2003.

In this segment of the website you can...

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WHEN, WHERE
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VIEW NOW
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COUNTDOWN TO MARS
First aired May 1, 2003 as a live and interactive SpaceDay special, hosted by Bill Nye The Science Guy
WHO, WHAT    WHEN, WHERE

BOUNCING TO MARS
First aired August 27, 2003 at the time of the close opposition of Earth and Mars: one hour documentary
WHO, WHAT    WHEN, WHERE

FIRST LOOK
First aired January 17, 2004, live from NASA JPL and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, hosted by Bill Nye
WHO, WHAT    WHEN, WHERE

NEW VIEWS
First aired May 1, 2004, live from the St. Louis Science Center, hosted by Bill Nye
WHO, WHAT    WHEN, WHERE

WHAT WENT RIGHT - coming soon
appearing on PBS stations beginning January 2006
check local listings
one hour documentary that goes behind the scenes to show how and why the men and women behind the robotic explorers made their successes.
WHO, WHAT (coming soon!) WHEN, WHERE (coming soon!)

FOLLOWING THE WATER - coming soon
appearing on public television stations beginning January 2006
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one hour documentary featuring the rovers' discoveries in their first months on Mars
WHO, WHAT (coming soon!) WHEN, WHERE (coming soon!)

WEB VIDEO SPECIALS

TMwM also offers special web features, introducing you online to some of the men and women behind the rovers, as well as mini-documentaries of Marsapalooza, the lively 9-day, 5-city education and outreach tour that took 6 MER scientists and engineers on the road in December 2003. (Coming soon)

Steven Squyres Biography
Steven Squyres, Science Team Lead Web video

Jennifer Trosper Biography
Jennifer Trosper, MER Systems Engineer Web video

Kobie Boykins Biography
Mechanical Engineer Web video

Shonte Wright Biography
Shonte Wright, Thermal Systems Cognizant Engineer ("Cog-E") Web video

Phil Christensen Biography
Phil Christensen, Principal Investigator "Mini-TES" instrument Web video

Jessica Collisson Biography
Jessica Collisson, Integration and Test Team Web video

Edward W. Tunstel Biography
Edward W. Tunstel Mobility and Navigation Flight Systems Engineer Web video

Zoe Learner Biography
Zoe Learner, Athena Science Team member Web video

Tom Shain Biography
Tom Shain, ATLO Logistics Lead Web video

Machinists for Mars Biography
"Machinists for Mars" (JPL Machine Shop workers) Web video

Marsapalooza and the M-Team
Read their BIOgraphies now...
Deborah Bass, Kobie Boykins, Zoe Learner, Jim Rice, Adam Steltzner, Shonte Wright

Web stories coming soon!