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Life on Earth and Mars

Episode 6

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 linheraptor.jpgThe Mars Science Laboratory Rover mission is due to launch in 2011, and hopes to discover much more about Mars’ capability of supporting microbial life.

In this episode, John Grotzinger, Professor of Geological Sciences at Caltech, explains the importance of NASA’s latest Mars rover. And UCL graduate student Michael Pittman talks about the discovery of Linheraptor exquisitus, a new species of dinosaur discovered during a research trip to Inner Mongolia, which is providing important information about dinosaur evolution.