Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
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Mars Rover Curiosity Stars in Discovery Channel Special Tonight (Exclusive Clip)
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, seen here in a self portrait, has made major discoveries on the surface of the Red Planet. The Discovery Channel will chronicle the mission in Red Planet Rover, airing Dec. 18 at 10 pm ET/PT.
December 18th, 2014
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has made some amazing recent discoveries on the Red Planet. The Discovery Channel documentary 'Red Planet Rover' will chronicle those finds tonight at 10 pm ET/PT.
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'Journey To Space' to Take Moviegoers on Giant-Screen Trip to Mars
'Journey To Space' Film
December 12th, 2014
Having successfully splashed down after its first spaceflight, NASA's Orion spacecraft is set to launch onto the big screen in a large-format 3D film. 'Journey To Space' tells the true story of what the next chapter of space exploration will bring.
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Curiosity Rover Finds Life's Building Blocks on Mars
Cumberland Drill Hole
December 17th, 2014
The discovery is not evidence that life exists, or has ever existed, on Mars, researchers stressed. But it does mark the first time that organics have been confirmed inside Red Planet rocks, and it checks off a chief goal of the rover team.
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Curiosity Rover Finds Methane on Mars: What It Could Mean for Life
Mars Has Ways to Make Organics Hard to Find
December 16th, 2014
NASA's Curiosity rover has recently made a surprising find on Mars that could help scientists get one step closer to figuring out if the Red Planet has ever supported life.
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Could Ancient Mars Have Supported Life? Water Isn't the Only Key
'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop on Mars
December 11th, 2014
The presence of liquid water is just one of many factors that researchers need to take into account when investigating the past or present habitability of Mars or any other cosmic body, researcher Pamela Conrad says.
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NASA's Next Mars Lander Enters Final Assembly Stage
InSight Propulsion Test
December 10th, 2014
Assembly, test and launch operations began recently for NASA's InSight lander, which aims to study the interior of Mars to learn more about how the solar system's rocky planets formed 4.5 bilion years ago.
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Glaciers on Mars Likely Helped Carve Red Planet's 'Grand Canyon'
Valles Marineris on Mars
December 16th, 2014
New findings suggest that glaciers played a role in carving out Valles Marineris, the Martian 'Grand Canyon.'
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'Whale Rock' on Mars Shows Signs of Ancient Lake (Photo)
This view from the Mast Camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity of "Whale Rock" at the base of Mount Sharp, taken on Nov. 2, 2014, shows an example of cross-bedding that results from water passing over a loose bed of sediment.
December 11th, 2014
The image shows a geological phenomenon known as "cross-bedding" within Whale Rock, part of an outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp, a mountain that rises 3.4 miles into the sky from the center of Mars' huge Gale Crater.
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