Season 32, Episode 1 Welcome to Mars

First Aired: January 4, 2005

“Welcome to Mars” follows scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as they analyze data and photos sent back from the rovers Spirit and Opportunity. “We're in Mars Geology 101 here,” says one scientist. The long work days (and nights) are annoyingly staggered by a 40-minute difference between the Earth and Mars day, leading to “Martian jet lag.” But the team does find conclusive evidence of water, which could be momentous. As the narrator puts it: “Life had a chance.”

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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