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Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
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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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Mars, Earth and Sun Align Tonight: Watch It Live Online
Mars lines up with the Earth and sun on April 8, 2014 in a what scientists call an "opposition." Oppositions of Mars occur every 26 months when the Red Planet and the sun appear on opposite sides of Earth.
April 8th, 2014
Mars and the sun are directly opposite each other in Earth's sky today, which is why the formation is known as an opposition of Mars. You can watch two live shows about the Mars opposition here on Space.com beginning at 7 p.m. EDT tonight.
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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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Weird 'UFO' Light on Mars May Just Be a Shiny Rock, NASA Says (Video)
Flash of Light Spotted on Mars Close-Up
April 8th, 2014
Though UFO enthusiasts may beg to differ, mission team members say that a bright flash of light visible in two images taken by the Curiosity rover on April 2 and April 3 almost certainly has a perfectly ordinary explanation.
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Brightest Planets in April's Night Sky: See Mars, Jupiter and More
This NASA graphic shows the location of Mars in early April at 8 p.m. local time. Mars will reach opposition on April 8, 2014.
April 7th, 2014
Planets abound in the night sky this month, which affords good views of Venus, Jupiter and Neptune. And on Tuesday (April 8), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in more than six years.
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Predicting Mars Cuisine: Grasshoppers with a Side of Fungi (Op-Ed)
Thai grasshopper snack food in Bangkok, Thailand.
April 4th, 2014
To survive on Mars, astronauts may need to rely on an usual diet.
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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
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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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NASA Mulls Ethics of Sending Astronauts on Long Space Voyages
Radiation Dangers of Long-Term Crewed Space Missions
April 7th, 2014
NASA should set up a clear set of ethical rules regarding the health of astronauts on long-duration spaceflights — such as a trip to Mars — in the near future, according to a panel of health and ethics experts.
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