Destination Mars - Science Follows NASA as It Makes History with the Same-Day Event "Mars Landing 2012: The New Search for Life"
--Special Presentation Featuring Same-Day Footage from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab following
the Historic Landing of the Mars Curiosity Mission Monday, August 6 at 10:00 PM (ET/PT) --
(Silver Spring, Md.) - This month, SCIENCE joins the Martian Invasion as it tackles the
question that has boggled mankind for centuries: could there be life on Mars? On Monday
August 6, SCIENCE will follow NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) for an exclusive same-day
look at the final stage of their history making mission to determine if the Red Planet has the
ability to support life. In what is being hailed as "the most complex Mars mission to date," the
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft Curiosity is transporting the largest-ever landing
craft and research payload that promises insights that will help scientists determine the
possibility of life on Mars - both past and present. MARS LANDING 2012: THE NEW
SEARCH FOR LIFE premieres Monday, August 6 at 10:00 PM (ET/PT) on SCIENCE.
SCIENCE will be on the ground with key leaders of the mission at JPL at the California Institute
of Technology, garnering first-hand interviews as this milestone mission touches down. Hosts
Dan Riskin and Ziya Tong will be embedded as the action unfolds as the team attempts to land
Curiosity in Mars' Gale Crater. MARS LANDING 2012: THE NEW SEARCH FOR LIFE is
a co-production between SCIENCE and Discovery Canada.
"SCIENCE is completely obsessed with the exploration of Mars," said Debbie Adler Myers,
General Manager and Executive Vice President and General Manager of SCIENCE. "This
mission represents the precursor of human exploration to Mars. We are thrilled to partner with
NASA and the team at JPL on this project as this mission is enormously important to the future
of our space program, the future of science, and the future of mankind as we know it."
MARS LANDING 2012: THE NEW SEARCH FOR LIFE will feature never-before-seen
field stories including interviews with leading JPL scientists, mission contributors, and insights
from the next generation of scientists determined to discover life forms beyond our own.
Offering private access to mission personnel, this exclusive special will offer a 360-look at the
fusion of science, technology, and innovative minds necessary to bring this historic mission to
MARS LANDING 2012: THE NEW SEARCH FOR LIFE is executive produced by Kelly
McKeown for Exploration Production Inc. Barb Ustina was producer for Exploration
Production, Inc. For SCIENCE, Josh Berkley is executive producer, Bernadette McDaid is vice
president of production, and Debbie Adler Myers is general manager and executive vice
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