Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
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Labor Day Weekend Stargazing: See Moon, Mars and Saturn Meet Up
Moon, Saturn and Mars on Labor Day 2014
August 30th, 2014
Look up this Labor Day weekend to see a lovely celestial tableau in the southwestern part of the evening sky.
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Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa: Best Bet for Alien Life?
Europa Thick Ice Crust
August 22nd, 2014
Scientists discuss what makes Jupiter's moon Europa perhaps the solar system's best bets for hosting life beyond Earth.
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'Beam Me to Mars' Lets You Send Martian Messages to Fund Space Exploration
Mars, the Red Planet, may seem beyond reach in this view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 2003. But the space company Uwingu has launched a "Beam Me to Mars" project to let the public send messages to the Red Planet in order to raise funds for space
August 19th, 2014
Uwingu launched its "Beam Me to Mars" project today (Aug. 19), inviting people to contribute, for a fee, to a "digital shout-out" that will send messages from Earth to the Red Planet on Nov. 28 — the 50th anniversary of Mars exploration.
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Curiosity Rover Packs Up Drill, Hits the Martian Road Again
Curiosity Doesn't Drill 'Bonanza King'
August 26th, 2014
Mission team members had been considering drilling a rock dubbed "Bonanza King" but scrapped the idea after pre-drilling activities suggested that the stone is not stable enough. Curiosity has instead resumed the long drive to the towering Mount Sharp.
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Martian Mystery: What Is Odd Cell-Like Structure in Mars Meteorite?
Strange Oval Structure in Nakhla Mars Meteorite
August 21st, 2014
The researchers discovered the microscopic oval object within the Nakhla Mars meteorite, which fell to Earth in Egypt in 1911. While the structure's appearance is intriguing, it most likely formed as a result of geological rather than biological processes
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Curiosity Rover on Mars Stalled by 'Hidden Valley' Sand Trap
Curiosity Rover Backs out of Mars' Sandy 'Hidden Valley'
August 18th, 2014
The 1-ton Curiosity rover had been heading for Mount Sharp via Hidden Valley, a sandy swale that's about the length of a football field. But Curiosity turned back shortly after entering the valley, finding the sand surprisingly slippery.
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Watch NASA's 'Flying Saucer' for Mars Go Supersonic in Amazing Video
LDSD Vehicle's Onboard Motor
August 8th, 2014
An amazing new video from NASA shows viewers the ups and downs of the first test of a system that could one day help the space agency land huge spacecraft on Mars or other planets.
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'Thigh Bone' on Mars Is Just Another Rock, NASA Says
A rock spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars may look like a femur bone, but is actually just a weathered Martian rock formation.
August 23rd, 2014
A photo from NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars set the Internet abuzz this week with claims that the robot had found a "thigh bone" on the Red Planet. But not so fast. That so-called bone? Just a weathered Martian rock, NASA officials say.
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Microbes Found Beneath Antarctic Ice: What It Means for Alien Life Hunt
Jupiter's Ice-covered Satellite, Europa
August 20th, 2014
The discovery of a microbial ecosystem deep beneath the Antarctic ice doesn't necessarily mean that life teems on frigid worlds throughout the solar system, researchers caution: subglacial Lake Whillans is not a closed system like Jupiter's moon Europa.
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NASA's Next Mars Lander Will Peer Deep Into Red Planet's History: Here's How
InSight Mars Lander Delivers Drill 2
August 15th, 2014
NASA's next Mars lander, now under construction, will probe the inner workings and early stages of the Red Planet's development billions of years ago.
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