Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

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Astronauts Test Virtual-Reality Headset for Space On Ocean Floor
NASA's NEEMO 20 mission
August 2nd, 2015
It's a tech geek's dream in the underwater lab hosting four "aquanauts" for 14 days this month. Among the crew's need-to-have items is a cutting-edge Microsoft virtual-reality headset that one day will go to space itself.
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NASA Working to Avoid Traffic Jams at Mars
Traffic Around Mars Gets Busy
July 30th, 2015
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and India's Mangalyaan probe both began circling the Red Planet last September, bringing the total number of operational Mars orbiters to five — the most ever.
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Arctic Crater Preps New Astronaut for Space
Canadian Astronaut Jeremy Hansen
July 27th, 2015
An Arctic crater holds promise for figuring out how to spot something interesting on the moon or Mars, an astronaut says.
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Should Scientists Be Looking for the Last Life-Forms on Mars?
Gale Crater Erosion
July 30th, 2015
Life may have thrived in the oceans and lakes that once covered Mars — but some organisms may have survived long after the water dried up. Could scientists still find evidence of these last life-forms on Mars?
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How Robots Could Build a Radio Telescope on Far Side of the Moon
Radio Telescope Array
July 29th, 2015
Researchers are making strides on a radio telescope array that would be unfurled on the farside of the moon by an unmanned rover operated by astronauts hovering nearby at a gravitationally stable point in space.
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Did Ancient Mars Have Continents?
Mars with water
July 16th, 2015
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has detected Red Planet rocks similar to Earth's oldest continental crust. The discovery suggests that ancient Mars may have been more similar to ancient Earth than previously thought, researchers said.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – July 12, 2015
Heart-Shaped Area on Pluto
July 12th, 2015
NASA's New Horizons probe captured amazing images of Pluto, scientists revealed details about a proposed superpowerful space telescope and NASA announced its first four commercial-crew astronauts. Here are Space.com's top stories of the week.
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NASA Wants Your Help to Classify Weird Mars Terrain
 NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Images
July 30th, 2015
Members of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) science team are asking the public to help them categorize strange features near the Red Planet's south pole for further study and analysis.
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NASA's Curiosity Rover Eyes Weird Rock On Mars
'Missoula' Rock Outcrop on Mars
July 28th, 2015
Measurements by Curiosity's rock-zapping ChemCam laser and another instrument revealed that a chunk of bedrock dubbed Elk contains high levels of silica and thus is a good candidate to preserve ancient organic molecules, if any exist in the area.
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Pluto Flyby Occurs 50 Years After 1st Mars Encounter
Mariner 4 spacecraft poster, 1964 mission
July 14th, 2015
The New Horizons probe's epic flyby of Pluto today (July 14) comes on a very special date in the history of space exploration: Exactly 50 years ago today, NASA's Mariner 4 spacecraft made the first flyby of Mars.
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