Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
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Mars Missions Could Make Humanity a Multi-Planet Species, NASA Chief Says
Astronauts on a future NASA mission to Mars.
April 23rd, 2014
In order for humanity to survive into the distant future, we need to visit and even colonize other worlds, according to NASA chief Charles Bolden.
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Opportunity: The Amazing Self-Cleaning Mars Rover (Photos)
Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in March 2014
April 21st, 2014
Opportunity has been given a new lease on life after the Red Planet gave the tenacious Mars rover a power-boosting spring clean, blasting dust off its solar panels. Opportunity is still going strong more than 10 years after landing on Mars.
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Dino-Killing Asteroid Impact Dwarfed by Earlier Space Rock Crash
Dino-Killing Asteroid Traced to Cosmic Collision
April 10th, 2014
The enormous collision occurred 3.26 billion years ago and involved an asteroid 23 to 36 miles across — four to six times wider than the dino-killing space rock. The impact created a crater about 300 miles wide, researchers said.
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Red Planet Roadmap: DC Conference Eyes Manned Mars Missions
'Red Dragon' Mars Sample-Return Concept
April 22nd, 2014
Sending astronauts to the surface of Mars has been a longtime goal for NASA and other space exploration agencies. That Martian goal takes center stage in a Washington, D.C. conference, and you can watch it live online.
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Mars Puts on Dazzling Show for Amateur Astronomers (Photos)
Four Images of Mars Seen in Canada
April 16th, 2014
Stargazers took a set of stunning images of Mars during a fortuitous alignment that occurs every two years. The bright rust coloration of Mars is known for is due to iron-rich minerals.
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Strange 'Mars Light' Continues Streak of Red Planet Illusions
Flash of Light Spotted on Mars Close-Up
April 9th, 2014
This is not the first time that people have seen more in Curiosity's images than is actually there. In September 2012, for example, the rover photographed a landscape that appeared to contain a rodent crouching between two rocks.
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Possible Mars Mission 'Showstopper': Vision Risks for Astronauts
April 8th, 2014
Scientists have begun realizing that spaceflight can cause serious and perhaps permanent vision problems in astronauts. NASA is working hard to understand the issue, which could present a major hurdle to mounting manned missions to Mars.
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US Leading the Path to Mars: NASA Chief Charles Bolden (Op-Ed)
Mars Closest Approach, April 2014
April 22nd, 2014
NASA has long held the lead in the exploration of Mars, and that trend will continue, says NASA administrator Charles Bolden.
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Monday's Big Space Day: See a Rocket Launch, Mars and Total Lunar Eclipse Online
Total Lunar Eclipse of June 2011
April 14th, 2014
Monday features the launch of SpaceX's third contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station, a great view of a superbright Mars and a total eclipse of the moon overnight.
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Rover Curiosity Discovers 'Australia' on Mars
'Australia' on Mars
April 8th, 2014
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has begun science operations in a new area of study nicknamed “the Kimberly” after the Western Australian region.
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