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Bridge to Mars, A


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Subjects: Astronomy, Science, Space

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Green Lion Productions
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 51 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2001
Available in French: No

On their first mission to Mars, astronauts will travel to dangerous and uncharted territory some 100 million miles away. They will live and work on the Red Planet for nearly two years. In preparation for this groundbreaking journey, leading scientists from many disciplines are studying a crater located in the Canadian High Arctic. "A Bridge to Mars" is set on Devon Island, designated by NASA as the most Mars-like place on Earth. The film focuses on three remarkable scientists who have become regulars at the at the Haughton-Mars base camp. Darlene Lim's search for life buried in the sediment of Arctic lakes will serve to deepen our understanding of climate the geology of Haughton crater, providing invaluable clues for explorers looking for signs of past life on Mars. Stephen Braham is a pioneering scientist who designed the first generation of an interplanetary communications system. Shot in hi-definition in the Canadian Arctic, with additional sequences filmed at the NASA Ames Research Center in California and the University of New Brunswick, A Bridge to Mars closes the gap between science fiction and the reality that one day - probably within ten or twenty years - we will land humans on Mars. Once there, we may begin to find answers to the age-old question: are we alone in the Universe?