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19 MINUTES TO EARTH
This video examines the scientific findings of Viking missions to Mars. Students are introduced to a variety of information returned to Earth from the planet. This includes soil and atomospheric analysis, as well as biological and geological data. Actual photographs taken by the Viking spacecraft from orbit and on the surface of Mars are accented in this program. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0014

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origins of life on earth
Dr. Antonio Lascano, University of Mexico, describes possible origins of life on Earth. [color, 28 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0066

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human machine in space
Dr. James Logan, chief of the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Medical Operations Branch, discusses how the human organism functions during space travel. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0068

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Web of Life - Endless Chain
A no-narration version of the motion picture "Endless Chain". Uses poetry, music, and nature photography to depict the work being done by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission at its Ecological Study Sanctuary in Washington state. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0002

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Food For Thought - Your Nutrition, Your Health
A slide/tape to video transfer follows the dietary guidelines and helps consumers understand nutrition. It includes suggestions about what to eat to keep healthy. [color, 14 minutes] $29.95 ST0004

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Story of Food and Fitness, The
An entertaining look at the connection between food and fitness which tries to motivate viewers into following a food and fitness program in their daily lives. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0005
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Nobody’s Immune
Individual victims describe the ways in which they contracted AIDS, and its impact on themselves and their families. The video ends with an explanation of acceptable methods of preventing infection to the HTLV-III virus. [color, 29 minutes] $29.95 ST0006
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making medicine in space
Dr. Charles Walker, Shuttle Payload Specialist, McDonnell Douglas Corp., tells us how medicine can possibly be made economically in space. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0063
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exobiology
Dr. Donald de Vincenzi, chief of biological research at NASA Headquarters, discusses problems which humans may face during long space flights. [color, 30 minutes] $29.95 ST0067
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our laboratories in space
This video examines some of the scientific and medical experiments that were performed during the Skylab Program and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, as well as those which were anticipated for Space Shuttle missions. [color, 28 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0056

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gravity and life
Dr. Richard Keefe, professor of anatomy, Case Western Reserve University, explains the role of gravity in the development of life. [color, 28 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0062

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examination of life
This program begins by stating several characteristics of life. Of all the planets in our solar system, Earth is the only one known to have life. Scientists are not sure how life on Earth began. Early 1960s work on the origin of life by university and NASA scientists is shown. Several terms describing building blocks of life are explained. [color, 28 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0057

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life elsewhere
Explore the possibility of life outside Earth. The show begins by looking at Comet Halley and the work being done to find amino acids in meteoroids. Early 1960s research at the NASA Ames Research Center on the possibility of life elsewhere is also seen. A simulated Martian atmosphere experiment and concept models of the first space probes suggested for Mars are shown. [color, 28 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0058
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life on three planets beyond earth
This video begins by briefly looking at Jupiter and Venus and presents the theory that life probably does not exist on those planets. Scientists state their opinions about the possibility of life on Mars. An organic analysis instrument is shown along with three experiments that were conducted by the Viking lander on Mars. [color, 28 1/2 minutes] $29.95 ST0059
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GAIA HYPOTHESIS
A new hypothesis for the origin of the universe is explored in this fascinating program. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0077
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VEGETATION ASSESSMENT
This program covers a series of discussions on meetings between Earth Resources scientists and fictitious power company officials who use remote satellite sensing to select a route across the state of South Dakota for a power line. [color, 30 minutes] $29.95 ST0081

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BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS IN SPACE
This video illustrates the basic opportunities of bioprocessing in space, including investigations concerning the effects of zero-g on human cells and tissues as well as the manufacturing of pharmaceutical and biological products. [color, 17 minutes] $29.95 ST0109
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LIFE SCIENCES AT THE MANNED SPACECRAFT CENTER
Before the first astronaut was launched into space, scientists and engineers had to determine if it was even possible for the human body to function in zero-g. This video reviews some of the instruments and techniques developed at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Life Sciences Directorate. Included are some of the early tests which were conducted, such as the centrifuge and bed-rest studies, as well as developments in remote medical care capabilities. Also included is a look at the benefits of these medical developments of health services on Earth and a preview of possible future developments in life sciences. [color, 28 minutes] $29.95 ST0112
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QUESTION OF LIFE
This video is a composite version of three 15-minute films: “Life”, “Mars - Is There Life”, and “Mars and Beyond”. A definition of life and general condition necessary to sustain life are discussed. Viewers are introduced to the possible past history of Mars, as well as its present surface topography and its capacity to support life as we know it Major emphasis is placed on the Viking life-detection experiments, including three biology experiments, and the organic analysis instrument. Consideration is given to the potential significance of discovering life elsewhere in the universe. [color, 26 minutes] $29.95 ST0139
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LAND FOR PEOPLE, LAND FOR BEARS
This video looks at how the Landsat satellite supplies a new kind of data for land-use mapping and wildlife-habitat mapping. The satellite’s multispectral scanning instruments record the spectral signatures, or reflectance values, of the components of the Earth’s surface. Imagery is used to monitor land development. Animal biologists are using data to identify habitats for the relocation of endangered animal species. [color, 15 minutes] $29.95 ST0149

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