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Curiosity Sniffs Martian Air/Shuttle Endeavour Opens to the World

Endeavour Opening Day Ceremony

Air Date: 11/05/2012
Run Time: 30:58

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Topics: history, podcasts and videos, interview, spacecraft, Bill Nye, Planetary Radio, human spaceflight, astronaut, Space Shuttle program, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), atmospheres, geology, life, spectroscopy

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Scientists have shared the first data gathered about the Martian atmosphere, including the (so far) disappointing news about methane. You can now get up close and personal with Space Shuttle Endeavour. We have highlights of the opening day ceremony. Bill Nye served as MC.  Emily Lakdawalla will show you Curiosity’s gorgeous self-portrait, and you’ll get yet another chance to win a PlanRad t-shirt on What’s Up!

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Jaws the Cabbie: 11/05/2012 07:12 CST

I can't wait 'til Curiosity gets to the central mountain and starts checking out the strata. Perhaps it's too much to ask, but all I want for Christmas is for Curiosity to find a trilobite....JUST ONE TRILOBITE!!

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