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Part 1: Annexing Mars
Topic: Mars
03/28/04
Terraforming, the global alteration of climate and living conditions on another world, was once solely the province of science fiction. A distinguished panel of scientists will discuss the possibilities and ramifications of terraforming Mars with some of science fiction's most prominent authors.

Part 2: Giving Mars Back its Heartbeat
Topic: Mars
06/14/04
Christopher McKay advocates making Mars habitable for Martians.

Part 3: Looking for Martian Life
Topic: Mars
06/15/04
John Rummel predicts that in our search for life on Mars, we probably won't find cows.

Part 4: Should We Terraform?
Topic: Mars
06/16/04
At the Astrobiology Science Conference on March 30, scientists and science fiction writers faced off in front of a packed audience to debate the promise and pitfalls of terraforming Mars. In part 3 of this 7-part series, David Grinspoon says we have an ethical imperative to bring a dead planet to life.

Part 5: Walking Naked on the Red Planet
Topic: Mars
06/17/04
Greg Bear ponders the evolution of humans into Martians.

Part 6: The United Nations of Mars
Topic: Mars
06/18/04
Kim Stanley Robinson wishes Mars (and Earth) would abide by the Antarctica Treaty.

Part 7: Living on Mars
Topic: Mars
06/19/04
At the 2004 Astrobiology Science Conference, scientists and science fiction writers faced off in front of a packed house to debate the promise and pitfalls of terraforming Mars. In this segment, the panel answers audience questions.

Part 8: The Martian Future
Topic: Mars
06/20/04
Scientists and Science Fiction writers answer more audience questions, such as whether we should leave Mars as it is, rather than turning it into another Earth.

Part 9: Planetary Uncertainty Principle
Topic: Mars
06/21/04
After the Terraforming Debate ended, some of the panel members continued to discuss the implications of humans living on Mars.

Part 10: Leaving Home
Topic: Mars
06/22/04
The noted science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke had been scheduled to attend the Terraforming Debate via telephone, but human technology failed. This segment introduces Clarke´s thoughts about the possibility of making Mars more like home.
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