Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 58

ET Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 25, 2003 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions