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Is There Life on Mars?

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

Watch Online
Watch the entire program online after the broadcast date. (Quicktime or Windows Media required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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

Ask the Expert
Astrophysicist Leslie Tamppari Read answers viewer questions about Mars and the Phoenix lander. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

"Live" From Mars
Read Twitter feeds from Phoenix, the rovers, and the Mars Science Lab. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Behind the Scenes
Producer Mark Davis talks about what it was like to film alongside the Mars Exploration Rover team. (Grades 6-8, 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 Steve Squyres. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Mars from Afar
View 19 images of Mars, including photos of the largest chasm and the largest volcano in the solar system, as well as a QuickTime VR panorama of the planet. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Mars Up Close
Lead scientist Steve Squyres narrates this visual tour of some of the most intriguing discoveries made by each rover on Mars. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Anatomy of a Rover
Click on an image 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, bandwidth, and material thickness to construct a virtual parachute for a rover's landing on Mars. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

From Launch to Landing
Watch two animations, one of Spirit and the other of Phoenix, showing their fantastic journey from Earth to Mars. (Grades 6-8, 9-12) (QuickTime, RealPlayer, or Windows Media plug-in required.)

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Is There Life on Mars?
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