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The Great Mars Debate

photo of mars surface
photo of mars surface
photo of mars surface
photo of mars surface

February 5 - February 9, 2001

Forum 2/5 - 2/9
Live Webcast 2/9 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

Join a select group of international Mars Scientists, educators, and students as they evaluate potential landing sites for the 2003 Mars Rovers mission. This event begins with an open debate room in which students can debate their points of view on potential landing sites and culminates with a live webcast featuring a panel of Mars scientists.



[Educational Objectives and Standards]

[Supporting Educational Material]

[How to Participate]

[See the Video Interviews NOW]

[View the Archived Webcast]

[Read the Archived Debate]




On Wednesday, January 24, and Thursday, January 25, 2001, scientists from around the world will convene at NASA Ames Research Center for the First Landing Site Workshop for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover Mission. The purpose of the Landing Site Workshop is to evaluate potential landing sites best suited to achieving stated mission science objectives within the constraints imposed by engineering requirements and the necessity of ensuring a safe landing. A NASA-appointed Landing Site Steering Committee and the Mars Exploration Rover Project will use the results of the workshop as the basis for narrowing the list of potential landing sites under consideration.

During this conference, one of our Young Women of NASA reporters, will video interview select scientists. These brief videos together with background and supporting materials will provide the basis for the debate. Educational lesson plans and curriculum resources are also included.

After reviewing the provided resources, you are invited to participate in the debate and/or webcast. Participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with other students and post their views and positions at any time over the course of the week. Educators, also attending the conference and well versed in the issues will moderate the discussion.

The weeklong debate culminates in a live interactive webcast on Friday, 2/9 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET. This webcast will be hosted by our young reporter and feature three female Mars experts from our Women of NASA project They will discuss the mission background, constraints and engineering issues, the Rovers, and conference discussions. The scientists will also review the debate dialogue. Dont' miss this chance to be a part of the next Mars mission!


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Questions and comments about this event can be sent to: tkrieg@quest.arc.nasa.gov


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