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This material was developed for the Live From Mars project by Passport to Knowledge. Live From Mars was a precursor to Mars Team Online.

Live From Mars Video Components

In collaboration with NASA's Mars Exploration Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE presented two live programs for the 1996-97 school year -- from Florida's Cape Canaveral before launch (Nov. 96) and from NASA/JPL during the cruise phase of the mission (April 97), where students met the men and women who fly the spacecraft.

Two, two-hour live telecasts for home and science center viewing were broadcast July 6, 1997. They celebrated the landing of the Pathfinder spacecraft and its Sojourner micro-rover. Two wrap-up programs in October and November 1997 incorporated images literally "live" from Mars and told the story of Sojourner's travels and the latest discoveries about Martian climate and geology.

Program Content

Live From Mars #1: "COUNTDOWN" Originally broadcast on November 19, 1996

Behind the scenes at Cape Canaveral: the launch of Mars Global Surveyor; final preparation of the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft. Why go to Mars? the evidence of liquid water and the possibility of life. Past missions -- from first dreams of interplanetary travel to the sophisticated spacecraft of today.

A draft script of this program is available in three parts: part 1, part 2 and part 3.


Live From Mars #2: "CRUISING BETWEEN THE PLANETS" Originally broadcast on April 24, 1997

Behind the scenes at NASA's JPL, lead center for planetary exploration. How rocket fuel, momentum, gravity and ingenuity get spacecraft from Earth to Mars. Mars Pathfinder and Global Surveyor's progress to date. Portraits of the men and women who control the missions. Building and testing robots.

A draft script of this program is available.


Live From Mars #3: "TOUCHDOWN" Originally broadcast on July 6 and 9, 1997

Program 3A: "Touchdown" Originally broadcast on July 6, 1997
Pathfinder's arrival at Mars: first images from the Martian surface. Sojourner deploys and returns its first images of the lander. The Planetary Society's PLANETFEST celebrates the last decade of Earth's achievements in exploring the solar system, with a special focus on Mars and the Galileo mission to Jupiter.

A draft script of program is available in three parts: part 1, part 2 and part 3.

Program 3B: "Touchdown + 6" Originally broadcast on July 9, l997
A draft script of program is available in two parts: part 1, part 2.


Live From Mars #4: "DESTINATION MARS" Originally broadcast on October 30, 1997

Highlights from both Pathfinder and Global Surveyor missions are featured, as well as an introduction to Mars as perhaps the most exciting planet to visit in our solar system.

A draft script of program is available in two parts: part 1, part 2.


Live From Mars #5: "TODAY ON MARS... " Originally broadcast on November 13, 1997

Live weather data and imagery from Mars show what has been learned to date from the Pathfinder lander and rover: how the continuing data stream provides students with material to analyze in math and computer classes. What Sojourner has revealed, to date, about the actual composition of Martian rocks, and what this implies for the question of liquid water and the possibility of life. A preview of the next decade of exploration.

A draft script of program is available in two parts: part 1, part 2.


Ordering videotapes

VHS videotapes of the Live From Mars programming can be ordered directly from Passport to Knowledge. The cost of each 60-minute program is $19.95 (for domestic US orders). All tapes are NTSC, with educational nonbroadcast rights for the life of the tape.

How to order:
Mail a check, money order, or purchase order payable to Passport to Knowledge, or fax to 908-277-9590. Sorry, no credit card orders.

Passport to Knowledge
P.O. Box 1502
Summit, NJ 07902-1502

International orders: Please email phaddon@aol.com for pricing information!


Seeing the broadcast

The Live From Mars programs were originally broadcast live and are occasionally rebroadcast on NASA Television.


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