The Challenge of Mars Exploration

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Mars is an enigmatic planet, and studying it is no easy task. All told, Mars missions have failed more often than they have succeeded, but the information gathered by those that have outwitted, out-engineered and out-lucked the planet has shown it to be an intriguing place where water likely existed in liquid form on the surface, and where one can imagine the possibility of all manner of bacteria living just below the surface. The remarkable success of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, gave impetus to the development of an even more capable spacecraft: The Mars Science Laboratory. If successful, this new spacecraft may open the door for a future mission with the potential to detect whether or not life may have ever existed on Mars.
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  • Event Ages 6-9, 9-12, 12+

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109

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(818) 354-4321

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