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The Water-Life Connection
Searching For Water & Life
Facts About Mars
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Water & Life on Mars?

Space Odyssey exhibit
The ultimate resource is the Mars Outpost and Candor Chasma diorama in the Space Odyssey exhibit at the Museum!

Mars: The Red Planet, by DVD International, is available at the Museum Shop.

Books and Articles
Visit the Museum Shop for these Mars books and more!

  • The Smithsonian Book of Mars, by Joseph M. Boyce
  • Mars: Uncovering the Secrets of the Red Planet, by Paul Raeburn
  • The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and Discovery, by William Sheehan
  • Unraveling the Mysteries of Mars (PDF: 2.1MB),” by Dr. Steven Lee. Requires the free PDF viewer to read.

Mars Exploration Rover Model On Display
A Mars Exploration Rover model is on display in the Central Atrium of the Museum. It looks almost identical to the two originals, "Spirit" and "Opportunity," which successfully landed on Mars in January 2004.

The Mars-bound rovers will explore two different locations, searching for signs of ancient water in the rocks and soil. Each weighs roughly 400 pounds and carries a sophisticated set of scientific instruments, including spectrometers to analyze the composition of the planet.

The Museum's version, created by Scale Model Company of Hawthorne, Calif., is made to look authentic. By using original materials whenever possible and by creating movable parts, the model maker went to great lengths to mimic the real Mars Exploration Rovers.

Related Links

Explore Mars Now
Explore a hypothetical Mars base of the future with the click of a mouse. This interactive program lets you move through the base to explore all of its features, inside and out.

Mars Exploration Program
This NASA program began in 1965 and has plans to continue well into the 21st century. Learn about the program’s history, technology, and future missions at this comprehensive site.

Malin Space Science Systems
View the surface of Mars from an archive of Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera images.

Educational activities
Educators, incorporate Mars into your science curriculum with these activities from the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

2001 Mars Odyssey
Mars Odyssey launched in April 2001 to achieve four goals: to determine whether there was ever life on Mars, characterize Mars’s climate and geology, and prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet. Follow this mission, which is underway until August 2004.

Mars Exploration Rover Mission
Two Mars rovers, launched into space in the summer of 2003, will land on Mars in January 2004. Explore the mission, technology, and progress of the rovers on this NASA Web site.

Top ten Mars pictures of all time
From the first map of the Red Planet to the famous face on Mars and first rover landing, these ten pictures document humankind’s exploration of our neighboring planet.

Mars Watch
Locate Mars in the night sky with maps, tips on how to observe, and lots of great Mars pictures.

Learn about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe and see how you can participate.
What is astrobiology and how will it help in the search for life in the universe? Find out at this site filled with interesting information about this branch of life science.

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