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Robert Pearlman

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posted 12-30-2004 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On Jan. 3, 2004, cheers erupted from mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), when the first robotic rover successfully landed on Mars. Three weeks later, the second rover successfully landed on the opposite side of Mars.

One year later rovers Spirit and Opportunity have exceeded all mission expectations and continue to make discoveries. The goal of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission was to explore for a minimum of 90 days to search for evidence of past water activity.

"One Year on Mars," a special two-hour live event to commemorate the mission, will be presented at JPL on Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST. The live event, along with additional taped programming and live-shot opportunities, will be aired on NASA-TV.

At 2 p.m. EST, a news briefing will detail discoveries made in 2004, and the rover's outlook for 2005.

-- NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe
-- Dr. Charles Elachi, Director, JPL
-- Jim Erickson, MER Project Manager, JPL
-- Dr. Steve Squyres, MER Principal Investigator, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
-- Dr. Firouz Naderi, MER Program Manager, JPL
-- Dr. Jim Garvin, Chief Scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington.

At 3 p.m. EST, the MER team will present "Mars Stories We've Never Told." This 60-minute live program will feature members recounting personal experiences of the past year. The program will end with the cutting of a rover "birthday cake."

Two additional rover programs will air on NASA TV on Monday. "Twelve Wheels on Mars" airs at 1 p.m. EST. This 60-minute program features professional storyteller Syd Lieberman, who spent several months with the MER team. "Two for Two" a 20-minute program about the rovers airs at 4 p.m. EST.

NASA TV is available on the Web and via satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. For NASA TV information and schedules on the Internet, visit:

posted 12-30-2004 09:16 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will any of these documentaries celebrating the rovers' first year on Mars get shown on this side of the Atlantic, on Sky channels like Discovery or National Geographic? If anyone spots a listing, please post details in case others miss it! (Not even the "Radio Times" lists all Sky channels)

[Special note to American CSers: in the UK, the magazine which gives details of TV is still called the "Radio Times." What do you expect from a broadcast company which once had a hugely popular RADIO series starring a ventriloquist and his dummy! It's true, honestly!]


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posted 12-31-2004 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eilisk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You could try DigiGuide - It lists all channels, and is a subscription based application. Without wanting to sound like a paid advert, I think it's one of the best programs around and well worth the 8 (approx) a year subscription.

All the best and happy New Year!

Rick Boos

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posted 01-10-2005 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Boos   Click Here to Email Rick Boos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will "Twelve Wheels On Mars", and "Two For Two" be shown again on NASA TV anytime soon? Sure wish that NASA TV would show more programs like this and have a better lineup of programs, and a better schedule for their programs.


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posted 01-10-2005 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was an hour show on my local PBS TV station which highlighted these Martian
rovers over the past year. It was repeated at least twice, check your local listing for your local PBS station.

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