In its search for life beyond Earth, NASA employs a “sky crane” maneuver to land the Curiosity rover on Mars. Airing November 14, 2012 at 9 pm on PBS.
NASA has unveiled plans for crew and launch vehicles to return humans to the moon as the first steps toward building an outpost there and eventually traveling to Mars. NewsHour correspondent Tom Bearden takes a closer look at NASA’s space vision.
NASA’s twin Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity have yielded volumes of new data about the red planet in the last year – the least of which involves the planet’s history of water. But the rovers have also amazed their human handlers with their longevity, lasting nearly four times their initial 90-day mission despite some early glitches that popped up after landing. A new one-hour documentary NOVA: Welcome to Mars (Public Broadcasting System, Jan. 4 at 8:00 p.m.) chronicles the rover mission from the early days after Spirit’s landing through the arrival of Opportunity and some following months.