Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
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Search for 'Missing' Carbon on Mars Cancelled
Curiosity approaching Mars conception image
November 26th, 2015
Mars' watery past suggests that long ago the planet had a much thicker, carbon-rich atmosphere. But new evidence suggests the atmosphere wasn't quite as thick as some models suggest.
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The Kip Thorne Award: Your Vote Wanted for the Best Science on Film
Matt Damon in The Martian
November 23rd, 2015
"The Martian," which stars Matt Damon as a NASA astronaut stranded and presumed dead on the Red Planet, is up for Raw Science's 2015 Kip Thorne Gravity Award for the best depiction of a scientific principle in film.
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Watch Elon Musk Talk Turkey on Big Bang Theory
SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk made an appearance on the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" on Nov. 19, 2015.
November 20th, 2015
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched rockets, spaceships and electric cars, and after his stint on CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" last night, he can add TV sitcom to his epic list of achievements.
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Mars May Become a Ringed Planet Someday
An artist's impression of a ring around Mars, formed by its tiny moon Phobos.
November 23rd, 2015
Mars may one day have rings like Saturn's, if the Red Planet manages to completely crush its innermost moon, Phobos.
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Could Liquid Lakes Form on Mars Today?
Mars' Gale Crater
November 20th, 2015
A sudden spurt of liquid water on Mars could potentially create deep lakes today, new research suggests.
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Where Will the 1st Astronauts on Mars Land?
Possible Mars Landing Zones
November 17th, 2015
The ideal Red Planet crewed site should be of high scientific value — allowing pioneers to search for signs of Mars life and investigate other intriguing questions — and also possess enough resources to help sustain expeditionary crews.
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Acid Fog on Mars Likely Took a Bite Out of Its Rocks
Views of three Martian terrains, varying from textured to flatter.
November 24th, 2015
Acid fog may once have eaten away rocks on Mars, researchers say.
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Manned Mission to Mars Must Not Ignore Human Struggles, Expert Stresses
Future Astronauts on Surface of Mars
November 23rd, 2015
A successful crewed Mars campaign must recognize, and take pains to ameliorate, the psychological and cultural challenges that Red Planet pioneers will face — for example, their lengthy isolation from friends and family.
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Curiosity Rover Headed to Dark Sand Dunes on Mars
Dark Sand Dune in Mount Sharp's Foothills
November 18th, 2015
Curiosity is headed toward the dark Bagnold Dunes, which lie in the northwestern foothills of the towering Mount Sharp, and should begin investigating the sandy feature in the next few days, NASA officials said.
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