Life on Mars & Navajo Poet Luci Tapahonso

Curiosity has landed. Will we discover life on Mars?

“Billions of years ago there were environments where life could have existed. We are looking for evidence of what those environments were like and also if there was life present at that time. There’s a possibility that life is still present on Mars but it would almost certainly be deep underground.” –Dr. Horton Newsom

Curiosity ChemCam Science team member Horton E. Newsom, Ph.D. shares an insider’s view of the Mars Rover’s amazing technology and its search for the essential elements of life buried in Martian soil.


Renowned Navajo poet Luci Tapahonso shares with us her inspirations and poetry.

“In Navajo, they say the sacred begins at the tip of my tongue. So there’s very much sacredness or a holiness that’s associated with creativity. Whatever a person creates and brings into this world is sacred. And it adds to the beauty of the world. We all benefit when people create something new.”–Luci Tapahonso

Inspired by her heritage and imbued with female spirit, renowned Navajo poet Luci Tapahonso shares with us her inspirations and poetry. In a special segment, Luci reads a new poem, Hanezbaá Wolyá, which is about her granddaughter.

Original Airdate: Thursday, October 18th at 7pm on New Mexico PBS 5.1

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