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MARS Dead or Alive

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

Watch the Program
View the program online following the broadcast. (QuickTime, RealPlayer, or Windows Media plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Life's Little Essential
Learn all about why scientists consider water necessary for life. (Grades 9-12)

Man on a Mission
Read about mission objectives, the Mars environment, the kinds of evidence scientists are seeking for liquid water, and more in this interview with Mars Exploration Rover science payload specialist Steven Squyres. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Explore the Red Planet
View 16 images of Mars, including photos of the largest chasm and the largest volcano in the solar system, as well as a QuickTime VR of the planet. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

From Launch to Landing
Watch an animation of one rover's planned journey from Earth to Mars, from launch to when it lands, unfolds, and explores the planet's surface. (Grades 6-8, 9-12) (QuickTime, RealPlayer, or Windows Media plug-in required.)

Anatomy of a Rover
Click on a photograph of a rover to learn more about its five scientific instruments, grinding tool, and navigation and mobility equipment. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Design a Parachute
Adjust canopy diameter, band width, and material thickness to construct a virtual parachute for a Mars Exploration Rover. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

NOVA News Minute: MARS Dead or Alive
Use this news clip to introduce students to a science topic related to this week's program. Transcript included. (QuickTime or RealPlayer plug-in required.)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students investigate three variables affecting a parachute's rate of descent and then design a parachute that will descend as slowly as possible. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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Program Transcript
Complete narration for the TV program.

Teacher's Guide
MARS Dead or Alive
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