Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 58

ET Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 25, 2003 on The History Channel
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ET Tech
In 2003, with Mars closer to Earth than it had been in 60,000 years, scientists launched three life-seeking planetary landers. If the long journeys prove successful, all should be hard at work on the Red Planet's surface by January 2004. NASA's Spirit and Opportunity and the European Space Agency's Beagle 2 represent the pinnacle in the history of the search for extraterrestrial life. Leading scientists, who believe life may exist beyond Earth, explain skepticism about ETs having visited Earth.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Radio and TV signals, our beacons to ETs, travel at the speed of light. They reach Mars in as little as four and a half minutes and the nearest star, besides our Sun, in four years.

      • Olympus Mons, the huge Martian volcano, is three times the height of Mount Everest. Its base covers an area the size of Arizona.

      • The world's first radio telescope was built by amateur astronomer Grote Reber in 1937, in his backyard in Wheaton, Illinois. He used it to make the first radio maps of the sky.

      • Spirit and Opportunity each carry a DVD containing the names of three and a half million people collected during NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" Campaign.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: When we finally encounter an extraterrestrial life form, will we study it under a microscope or get to shake hands? Either way it's bound to change out lives. Now: ET Tech, the scientific search for extraterrestrial life, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Seth Shostak, Ph.D.
        Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute

        Michael Meyer, Ph.D.
        NASA Astrobiology Senior Scientist

        James B. Garvin, Ph.D.
        NASA Chief Scientist for Mars

        John D. Rummel, Ph.D.
        NASA Planetary Protection Officer

        Timothy Ferris
        Author, "Life Beyond Earth"

        Roger Launius, Ph.D.
        Space Historian, Smithsonian Institution

        Frank Drake, Ph.D.
        Senior Scientist, SETI Institute

        Jill Tarter, Ph.D.
        Director, Center for SETI Research

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Jim Cirigliano
        Producer: Jim Cirigliano
        Associate Producer: Gloria L. Morris
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Editor: Brian Johnson
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Lauren Levine
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Post Production Manager: Gary Reid
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Assistant Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Clearance Coordinator: Susan Wichmann
        Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay
        Assistant Editor: Taylor Greathead
        Post Coordinator: Laura Steinhoff
        Post Assistant: Alexander Rubinow
        Voice over Coordinator: Melanie Pipes
        Camera: David Insley
        Camera: Julio Luzquinos
        Camera: Jesse Phinney
        Field Audio: William R. Burnside
        Field Audio: Brian Garfield
        Field Audio: Sam Insley
        Online Editor: Doug Nolan
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Doug Whitney

        Special Thanks:
        Arnold Buentello
        Bobbie Faye Ferguson
        Margaret Persinger
        Diane Richards
        Smithsonian Institution
        Remington Stone
        UC Santa Cruz/Lick Observatory

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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