This Thursday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. Pacific, schools are invited to watch a live web program featuring questions submitted by students on the topics of Mars exploration and rovers. (We are no longer accepting questions for the chat.) Our guest will be NASA/JPL engineer Nagin Cox. Nagin is currently on the mission operations team for the Mars Science Laboratory. She was the Deputy Team Chief of the Spacecraft/Rover Engineering Flight Team for Spirit and Opportunity. In addition, Nagin spent most of 2010 looking into a future Mars mission.
The live chat will be online at http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 . It will be archived on the same website after the program.
Technical requirements: To watch the live or archived chat, classrooms must be able to view the live video on JPL's Ustream page at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasajpl. It is not necessary for classrooms to use the Ustream chat functionality.
More information about the Mars Science Laboratory can be found at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ . Highlights of the rover can be found at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2010-302 .
Information about Spirit and Opportunity can be found online at http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html .