Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
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Best Space Stories of the Week – Feb. 22, 2015
Two photos of the dwarf planet Ceres taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2015, from a distance of about 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers). The images have been magnified from their original size.
February 21st, 2015
Europe's last cargo spacecraft came down to Earth in a fiery blaze and scientists reported seeing mysterious plumes emanating from Mars. Here are Space.com's picks for the best space stories of the week.
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Curiosity Rover Drills into Mars Mountain Again (Photo)
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled this sample-collecting hole into a rock called Telegraph Peak on Feb. 24, 2015.
February 27th, 2015
Curiosity drilled into a rock called Telegraph Peak on Tuesday (Feb. 24), collecting sample powder for analysis by its onboard instruments. The rover has now drilled into three different rocks at the base of the towering Mount Sharp.
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Mars One Finalist: 'Sowing the Seeds' of a New Civilization (Op-Ed)
Hannah Earnshaw, mars exploration
February 24th, 2015
One day I imagine that humanity will be able to visit other planets in the Solar System, and venture even further to other stars, but this has always seemed very far away. That’s the reason why I applied for the Mars One mission.
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US Needs a Mars Colony, Buzz Aldrin Tells Senators
Artist's depiction of a manned Mars mission.
February 26th, 2015
Going to Mars without setting up a colony — round-trip manned missions, in other words — would not be enough for the U.S. to reclaim its leadership in space, nor would setting up human outposts on the moon, Aldrin said.
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Mars Rover Curiosity Snaps Amazing Selfie at Latest Drilling Site (Photo)
This selfie taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the vehicle at the "Mojave" drilling site in the foothills of Mount Sharp. The image is a composite of photos taken by Curiosity in late January 2015.
February 24th, 2015
The photo, which was released today (Feb. 24), is a composite of dozens of images taken in late January by Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager. The mosaic provides a great view of the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of the huge Mount Sharp.
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Moon, Venus, Mars Meet in Friday Night Sky: How to See It
Mars, Venus, and the Moon, February 2015 Sky Map
February 18th, 2015
Mars, Venus and the moon will meet up in a particularly beautiful cosmic display Friday. If you've been watching the evening twilight sky over the past few weeks, you will have seen the brilliant planet Venus gradually moving away from the sun, setting sl
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