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Christopher K.
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Be a Martian!

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has started a new section on its website for those who enjoy all things Mars.

The Town Hall Polling Place allows viewing of information on Mars proper, places on Earth that are Mars-like, missions to Mars and Mars in popular culture. The Map Room explains the important of mapping the Red Planet, describing Mars exploration as a "civilization endeavor" and stating that assistance from registered users can "create the most comprehensive mosaic of Mars in human history". Testing Curiosity's Parachute, Part 1 is playing at the Two Moons Rove-In Theater. The Tourist Mars Atlas is neat, sending the viewer with a simple click from Meridiani Planum (were Opportunity found evidence of a long-lost salty sea) to the heavily-cratered Terra Sabaea.

All but the Town Hall Polling Place require Microsoft Silverlight.

JPL runs the Mars Exploration Program (http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/), the main thrust of which is to discover whether Mars once harbored life, or can harbor life in the future.

Be a Martian at:
http://beamartian.jpl.nasa.gov

Christopher K.
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The Be a Martian site is still going strong. Several questions have been submitted in the Polling Place--over 350 questions on Mars' sky, over 330 concerning the land and over 430 about potential Martian life.

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Re: Be a Martian!

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There are several editions of the Real Martian Moment series on NASA's video archive...
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html

The editions include...
"Next Generation Spacesuits"
"The Journey to Mars Continues"
"Need More Power"
"We All Need Water"
"Space Launch Trajectory System"
and the only one on this list longer than four minutes...
"Space Station Crew Talks Mars"
in which Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren give their opinions of the psychological challenges of a Martian mission. They mention that even though the ISS is some distance above Earth, to all intents and purposes that can return in case of emergency; they state the very brief light-travel time for communications is a benefit. Neither of those aspects will be part of a Martian mission.

The other videos mention new spacesuit technology, the urine processing system and the importance of simulating as correctly as possible the trajectory of Exploration Mission 1.

These videos currently occupy the last five rows of the archive.

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