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Mars: Fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System after Mercury. In English, Mars carries a name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the 'Red Planet'. The latter refers to the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars' surface, which gives it a reddish appearance distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.

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Boy Scouts files for bankruptcy, Harvey Weinstein trial goes to jury, Nevada debate deadline: 5 things to know Tuesday

The Boy Scouts files for bankruptcy, Mars briefly disappears in a rare celestial event, Harvey Weinstein trial set to go to jury and more news you need to know Tuesday.
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Life on Mars? New rover aims to find out

Learn about the mission of NASA's latest Mars rover, which is packed with new tools and abilities.  
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Videos for Mars


NASA to use lasers space communication [Video]NASA to use lasers space communication

NASA has announced that it is building a new satellite dish as part of the Deep Space Network that would be able to communicate with far away robotic spacecrafts.

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Mars might have formed over longer time than previously thought [Video]Mars might have formed over longer time than previously thought

The early solar system was a chaotic place with many large-scale collisions.

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NASA's next Mars rover will sport laser to vaporize rocks [Video]NASA's next Mars rover will sport laser to vaporize rocks

NASA's Mars 2020 rover will sport a rock-vaporizing laser gun.

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NASA says a large asteroid will fly by Earth on Feb. 15 [Video]NASA says a large asteroid will fly by Earth on Feb. 15

NASA warned that asteroid 2002 PZ39 will approach Earth on Saturday.

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Scientists may have explained the solar system's 'Great Divide' [Video]Scientists may have explained the solar system's 'Great Divide'

A separation known as the Great Divide splits the rocky planets and the gas planets in our solar system.

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NASA's Moon to Mars exploration program [Video]NASA's Moon to Mars exploration program

NASA's Moon to Mars exploration program first proposed in 2015 consists of three phases.

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EU, Russia to launch joint ExoMars mission in July 2020 [Video]EU, Russia to launch joint ExoMars mission in July 2020

The EU and Russia are collaborating on a mission to Mars to try and answer the question of whether life has ever existed on the Red Planet.

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Water on Mars is disappearing faster than expected [Video]Water on Mars is disappearing faster than expected

New research by France's National Center for Scientific Research suggests that water on Mars is evaporating faster than previously thought.

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NASA rolls out space launch system booster for testing [Video]NASA rolls out space launch system booster for testing

NASA rolled out the core stage of the Space Launch System "mega-rocket" from a New Orleans factory on Wednesday.

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SpaceX launches new round of Starlink satellites [Video]SpaceX launches new round of Starlink satellites

Elon Musk's company sent another sixty Starlink satellites, hoping to build out its plan for an internet service that reaches across the globe. Olivia Chan reports.

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'Are we alone in the universe?' NASA's 2020 Mars rover, a $2.5B robotic astronaut, is being built to help us find out

The Mars 2020 rover, nearing completion at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, will soon embark on an ambitious mission to the red planet.
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Looking for life on Mars — at the bottom of a gold mine

Two miles below Earth's surface, scientists found animal life in a South African gold mine. They wonder: If life can exist there, could it exist on Mars?
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Alyssa Carson is 18 and has a pilot's license. She wants to be in the crew that colonizes Mars

For Alyssa Carson, colonizing Mars is just the first step in saving the human race.
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NASA's Steve Clarke says we might see manned missions to Mars by late 2030

The Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration at NASA Steven Clark joins Margaret Brennan to discuss NASA's latest mission to Mars and the future of space exploration.
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Mars beckons

Mankind has never been closer to setting foot on Mars. NASA is completing construction of its new Mars rover, in readiness for launching next summer, while SpaceX is firing prototypes of its Mars..
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on the next giant leap for mankind

As the founder, CEO and lead designer at SpaceX, a private company that makes rockets and spacecraft, Elon Musk envisions a time when his reusable rockets will bring people to the moon and Mars. He's..
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Trump talks to astronauts during first all-female spacewalk

President Trump congratulated NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir in a phone call from the White House as the two wrapped up the first all-female spacewalk in history. Mr. Trump also talked..
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NASA unveils new spacesuit ahead of first all-female spacewalk

NASA announced the first all-female spacewalk will take place Friday and unveiled a new spacesuit for the moon and Mars. CBS News space consultant Bill Harwood joins CBSN from the Kennedy Space Center..
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Elon Musk unveils new stainless-steel "Starship" prototype

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled SpaceX's "Starship" prototype over the weekend. Its purpose? To launch humans to the moon — and even to Mars. Musk said his newest stainless-steel spaceship could go to..
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SpaceX Unveils Silvery Vision to Mars: ‘It’s Basically an I.C.B.M. That Lands’

Elon Musk delivered an update on his company’s Starship prototype, which faces business challenges and neighbors not happy to live so close to its test site.
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Sky turns blood red in Indonesia

"This is earth, not planet Mars," said a social media user
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What happens when SpaceX moves in next door: "Where the hell do I go now?"

A hover test by a Starhopper rocket at SpaceX's launch site is the latest move by founder Elon Musk to eventually take humans to Mars. The launch site is next to a tiny neighborhood east of..
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Today in History for September 3rd

Highlights of this day in history: Britain and France declare war on Nazi Germany; The Treaty of Paris ends the American Revolution; Bloody end to the Beslan hostage crisis in Russia; Viking 2 lands on..
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SpaceX's Mars rocket prototype rattles nearby residents in Texas flight test

SpaceX test-launched an early prototype of the company's Mars rocket on Tuesday, unnerving residents near the Texas site and clearing another key hurdle in billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's..
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Extended transcript: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on putting boots on the moon and Mars

The founder and CEO of SpaceX discusses the aerospace company's ambitions for flying humans to the moon and Mars, the importance of reusable in rockets, and the inspiration of Douglas Adams
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There's plenty of parking for a Tesla on Mars

Romanian artist Andrei Lacasu's 'Life on Mars' series shows a dusty Tesla Roadster parked on top of a Martian cliff.
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Pence says moon, not Mars, remains near-term goal for NASA

In an interview on "The Takeout," Vice President Mike Pence reassured the space community with the administration's strong support for a "moon-first" policy
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Pence details plans to return to the moon before missions to Mars

In an interview with Major Garrett on "The Takeout," Vice President Mike Pence laid out the Trump administration's space policy, including planned missions to return to the moon and venture to Mars...
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Mike Pence says U.S. will first go to the moon, then Mars

"That's the policy that the President's put into motion since reestablishing the national space council," Pence said
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For 50 Years Since Apollo 11, Presidents Have Tried to Take That Next Giant Leap

President Trump is only the latest to propose returning to the moon and then heading to Mars. But he faces the burdens of history to accomplish what his predecessors could not.
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Could we really travel to Mars in the next 4 years?

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says it's doable to send astronauts to the moon within two years and to Mars in the next four years. How realistic is that? CBS News space consultant Bill Harwood joins CBSN..
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SpaceX's Elon Musk says he can put a man on Mars in four years

Preview: The aerospace entrepreneur tells "CBS Sunday Morning" he is thinking bigger, and faster, about manned missions to the Moon and the Red Planet
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Archives: Apollo 11 Astronauts on travel to Mars

From 1969, Face the Nation sits down with the first men to walk on the moon.
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Today in History for July 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Bastille prison stormed during the French Revolution; Outlaw 'Billy the Kid' gunned down; Richard Speck murders student nurses in Chicago; Mariner 4 probe flies by..
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Americans still proud of first moon landing 50 years later

Americans favor another U.S. mission to the moon and exploration of Mars
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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says "political risk" hampered human exploration of Mars

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine joins Margaret Brennan to discuss NASA's new Artemis mission and the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.
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NASA one step closer to moon mission with successful abort system test

NASA completed a successful test of its launch abort system Tuesday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida. That puts the U.S. space program one step closer to sending astronauts back to the moon, and..
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Americans are right to worry more about killer asteroids than sending people to Mars

Going to the moon was an important endeavor, but now, more Americans want NASA to focus on defeating killer asteroids than going back.
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NASA rover detects high amounts of methane on Mars, which could indicate signs of life

NASA scientists say its Curiosity rover discovered high amounts of methane gas on Mars. On Earth, the gas is typically produced by living things. CBS News space consultant Bill Harwood joined CBSN to..
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"Sunday Morning" Full Episode 6/23

This week's edition of "Sunday Morning," hosted by Jane Pauley, features David Pogue's cover story on the latest developments in Mars exploration. Plus: Mo Rocca talks with Hollywood pioneer Sherry..
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Seeing red: Mankind gets closer to Mars

NASA and SpaceX are both readying unmanned missions to the Red Planet, with the goal of putting human-filled boots on the ground
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Preview: Mission to Mars

NASA's Mars 2020 mission, which launches for the Red Planet next summer, will feature not just a rover, but also a tiny helicopter that will detach and hover above the Martian surface. David Pogue..
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Americans prefer asteroid tracking over moon visit

Americans prefer a space program focusing on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research into our cosmos and robotic space probes over human exploration of Mars or the moon, a new poll shows. (June..
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'Star Trek' logo - or at least, what looks like it - spotted on Mars

Recently, a NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars snapped a photo of an odd object on the planet's surface – something that looks remarkably like the Star Fleet logo from Star Trek.
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NASA spots "Star Trek" Starfleet logo on Mars

Hopefully, it finds some aliens sporting Vulcan salutes next
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Trump criticizes NASA moon mission after promoting it earlier

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized NASA for aiming to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and urged the space agency to focus instead on "much bigger" initiatives like going to Mars,..
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The moon is... part of Mars? Social media thrown off by Trump's NASA tweet

Twitter reacts to Trump's tweet on Friday, demanding that NASA focus on ventures more ambitious than going to the moon again.
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James Comey, The Bin Laden Documents, Curiosity

Fired FBI Director James Comey in 2014: "You cannot trust people in power;" then, what bin Laden documents reveal about al Qaeda; and did life ever exist on Mars? It could have.
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