Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
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NASA's Asteroid-Capture Mission Won't Help Astronauts Reach Mars: Scientist
Artist's Concept of Astronaut Visiting Captured Asteroid
October 29th, 2014
NASA should scrap its bold asteroid-capture mission idea and instead launch a comprehensive search for near-Earth asteroids to visit in their native orbits, MIT professor Richard Binzel says.
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Who Owns the Moon? (Op-Ed)
Real estate on the moon
October 19th, 2014
Without proper regulation, the moon risks becoming an extra-planetary Wild West.
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Comet Siding Spring at Mars: How a Rare Celestial Event Was Discovered
Hubble Space Telescope Views Comet Siding Spring.
October 18th, 2014
Comet Siding Spring — unknown and undiscovered until 2013 — will zoom past the Red Planet Sunday afternoon (Oct. 19) in an encounter that could help scientists better understand how the solar system came to be.
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Mars and the Moon Meet Up in Twilight Sky Tonight
Mars and the Moon by Porto
October 27th, 2014
The moon and Mars will create a pretty tableau along the southwest horizon at dusk tonight and tomorrow.
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Comet Buzzes Mars in Once-in-a-Lifetime Flyby
Comet Siding Spring's Mars Flyby: Artist's Concept
October 19th, 2014
Comet Siding Spring came within just 87,000 miles of the Martian surface at 2:27 p.m. EDT today — about one-third of the distance between Earth and the moon. The comet barreled by at 126,000 mph relative to the Red Planet, NASA officials said.
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Private Mars Colony Project May Not Be Feasible, Study Suggests
Artist's Impression of Mars One Colony
October 16th, 2014
A new analysis has pinpointed a few purported problems with the blueprint laid out by the Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2025 as the vanguard of a permanent settlement.
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Buzz Aldrin Says One-Way Trips to Mars Could Actually Work
Astronauts on Mars
October 23rd, 2014
Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin wants to send people on a trip to Mars, and he doesn't want them to come home — at least not at first.
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Comet's Mars Flyby Sunday Has Scientists Abuzz
Artist's Concept of Comet Siding Spring Flying by Mars
October 17th, 2014
Comet Siding Spring will zoom within 87,000 miles of Mars at 2:27 p.m. EDT on Sunday (Oct. 19). Scientists will observe the flyby using the fleet of spacecraft already at Mars, studying the comet and any effects its dust has on the planet's atmosphere.
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