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Students Find Cave on Mars Audio Clips

June 23, 2010

Using the camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, seventh graders at Evergreen Middle School in Cottonwood, Calif., found an apparent cave on Mars. While the students were looking for lava tubes on the Red Planet, they found something unexpected: a small, round, black spot. Scientists then determined the finding indicated the presence of a cave. The students conducted their research as part of NASA's Mars Student Imaging Project and hope for more detailed observations in the fall with the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

More information is at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2010-201 .

CUT 1 - DENNIS MITCHELL, SCIENCE TEACHER AT EVERGREEN MIDDLE SCHOOL, EXPLAINS HOW STUDENTS REACTED TO THIS UNEXPECTED DISCOVERY.
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Length: 9 seconds
OUT: "PRETTY NEAT DISCOVERY"
Transcript: "They were kind of shocked about the interest, and I think that they are just now starting to realize that they made a pretty neat discovery."

CUT 2 - KODY RULOFSON, A 13-YEAR-OLD STUDENT IN DENNIS MITCHELL'S SCIENCE CLASS, SAYS THE EXPERIENCE MADE SCIENCE COME ALIVE.
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Length: 10 seconds
OUT: "OUT OF THE BOOK AND STUFF"
Transcript: "Yeah it was a lot of fun because it wasn't like any other science that we did, because we actually got to interact with real scientists instead of just people out of the book and stuff."

CUT 3 - CHASE RULOFSON, A STUDENT IN DENNIS MITCHELL'S SCIENCE CLASS (AND TWIN BROTHER OF KODY RULOFSON), DESCRIBES HOW HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY REACTED TO THE DISCOVERY.
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Length: 13 seconds
OUT: "GO FURTHER WITH IT"
Transcript: "They think it's really cool, most of my family, I put it on Facebook and in seconds they commented on how cool it was and how exciting and they hope that we can go further with it."

CUT 4 - DONI RULOFSON, MOTHER OF STUDENTS KODY AND CHASE RULOFSON, SAYS HER BOYS ARE INSPIRED BY THE EXPERIENCE.
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Length: 9 seconds
OUT: "AN INTEREST TO NASA"
Transcript: "They're excited. They're just beyond belief, they're like, 'we knew it was something really cool but we had no idea it was this much of an interest to NASA.'"