Episode 179: What Would It be like to Live on Mars?

Meet the Expert: Janet Ivey-Duensing, Creator and CEO of Janet’s Planet, Inc., American Astronautical Society’s 2022 recipient of the Sally K Ride Excellence in Education Award.

Janet Ivey-DeunsingJanet Ivey, creator of Janet’s Planet is committed to enriching the lives of children via education and live performances ,TV, and online programming. With over 27 years in the children’s entertainment and education, Janet has captivated Nashville and beyond with her work. She has received 12 Regional Emmys, five Gracie Awards, for her children’s series Janet’s Planet that airs on 140+ public television stations nationwide. Janet is a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, President of Explore Mars, Inc, on the board of governors of the National Space Society and has won a STEM-FLORIDA Award for the “Exploring Microgravity,” educational video about gravity and microgravity, she wrote and produced for Space Florida. Janet’s Planet is a dynamic and fast-paced series is geared to 6-11 year olds and focuses on science, space, history and health. The short form series can be seen on public television stations nationwide as well YouTube, BatteryPop, Minnow and HighBrow in the UK.

Janet is advocate, educator, communicator and female role model of STEM/STEAM and is committed to sharing the joy of exploration and discovery with children around the globe. Janet’s mission is to encourage science literacy globally and particularly to embody female science mentor for the next generation of women in space and science.


BE sure to check out Janet’s Planet for AWESOME activities!!

        Janet’s Planet:  https://www.janetsplanet.com/


In early 2015, Janet’s Planet was asked by Chief Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the NASA’s New Horizons Mission to do educational outreach for the endeavor.  Janet’s Planet created the #DearPluto project and garnered international attention and amazing letters from around the world. 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/pluto-should-be-a-planet – .mt2YYV80A






Challenge: What would you say when you took the first steps on Mars? 

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You Are the First Kid on Mars


Highlighted book for this episode! 

You Are the First Kid on Mars by Patrick O’Brien (Author, Illustrator)








Book List: 

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

Mars: The Red Planet: Rocks, Rovers, Pioneers, and More! by Elizabeth Carney

Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars  by Richard Ho (Author), Katherine Roy (Illustrator)

The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch



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