NOVA: Is There Life on Mars?

Overview

It lingers as one of the great unknown questions associated with extraterrestrial exploration - one that has intrigued astronomers and stirred imaginations for centuries: Does life exist on Mars? In the early 21st century, NASA began a series of systematic attempts to definitively answer this question, initially by sending twin robot explorers, the Spirit and the Opportunity, to the legendary Red Planet in 2003. Over the ensuing four-year period, the robots dramatically superseded the expectations set forth for ...
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Overview

It lingers as one of the great unknown questions associated with extraterrestrial exploration - one that has intrigued astronomers and stirred imaginations for centuries: Does life exist on Mars? In the early 21st century, NASA began a series of systematic attempts to definitively answer this question, initially by sending twin robot explorers, the Spirit and the Opportunity, to the legendary Red Planet in 2003. Over the ensuing four-year period, the robots dramatically superseded the expectations set forth for them by NASA, by traveling 20x farther and lasting 16x longer than predicted. Inspired by this success, with the said question still unanswered, NASA supplemented the exploratory missions with an armada of cutting edge satellites that enabled scientists to begin to piece together a definitive history of Mars. The documentary Nova: Is There Life on Mars systematically reviews the findings obtained via these efforts.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Printable materials for educators; Access to the NOVA web site; Described video for the visually impaired
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • UPC: 783421429499
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 82,446

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Paula S. Apsell Executive Producer
Jonathan Grupper Producer, Screenwriter
Anna Lee Strachan Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- NOVA: Is There Life on Mars?
1. Introduction [3:18]
2. Looking for Life [7:29]
3. Water World? [7:29]
4. A Broiling Early Mars [7:47]
5. End of an Atmosphere [10:05]
6. The Rise of Phoenix [7:17]
7. The Hunt Goes On [9:57]
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Disc #1 -- NOVA: Is There Life on Mars?
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