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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" because the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance that is 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.


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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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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Videos for Mars

NASA Hopes To Retrieve Rock Samples From Mars [Video]NASA Hopes To Retrieve Rock Samples From Mars

A major scientific success of the Apollo mission was retrieving samples from the Moon that were brought back to Earth for study. Now NASA wants to replicate their success with its Mars 2020 mission,..

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We're Warming Up Earth Just Fine. Now, Scientists Want To Do The Same On Mars [Video]We're Warming Up Earth Just Fine. Now, Scientists Want To Do The Same On Mars

Scientists are looking at ways to make Mars more habitable for humans. According to Gizmodo, one idea is using an insulating material called silica aerogel. It's hypothesized that an aerogel blanket..

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China could be on Mars in 10 years, says presenter of BBC’s Apollo 11 coverage [Video]China could be on Mars in 10 years, says presenter of BBC’s Apollo 11 coverage

Science historian James Burke believes China could send a mission to Mars in the next decade. He was interviewed ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

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Hopping space robot plays live-action ping pong [Video]Hopping space robot plays live-action ping pong

A dog-like robot being developed to hop across complex terrain on other planets has been used to play a live-action game of ping pong in its latest phase of testing. The idea behind the project is to..

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Donald Trump: We will plant US flag on Mars [Video]Donald Trump: We will plant US flag on Mars

President Donald Trump celebrated the US during an Independence Day speech before a soggy, cheering crowd of spectators.

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Huge Amount Of Methane Found On Mars [Video]Huge Amount Of Methane Found On Mars

The strange puzzle of methane on Mars continues. Previously, NASA’s Curiosity rover found something odd: It detected fluctuating levels of methane in the Martian atmosphere, even though an orbiting..

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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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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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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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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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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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How long does it take to get to Mars?

While it may be shorter than you think, NASA's trying to figure out how to further shorten the trip in order to send humans to Mars in the 2030s.
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Does mars really have a face on its surface?

NASA’s Viking 1 spacecraft snapped a shot of what appears to be a humanoid face on Mars that some claim is an alien artifact. What's really going on?
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The first 'Marsquake' was detected by NASA

Three distinct sounds were detected by NASA's Insight Lander while sitting on Mars' surface.
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Raging rivers wider than the Mississippi roared across Mars eons ago

Mars wasn't always the red dust ball that it is today. Billions of years ago, hundreds of huge rivers of water flowed across the planet.
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Shaking aspen leaves could extend life of future Mars rovers

Tech on Mars apparently needs some help from Mother Nature. Scientists are using aspen leaf motion as inspiration for a backup power source for rovers.
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NASA says first person on Mars "likely" a woman

The future of space exploration will include more women than ever before, according to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine
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NASA's $21B budget request to fund moon, Mars missions

Trump administration budget request maintains NASA's focus on increased commercialization and deep space exploration
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Nuclear rockets could open up solar system and help settle space. And NASA is interested.

A four-month journey to Mars? NASA is spending money on nuclear rockets again, and it's about time. They're the future of space travel and exploration.
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This is your chance to experience life on Mars… in a cave in Spain

Because this whole going to Mars thing is taking way longer than expected, it's time for you to consider experiencing life on the Red Planet right here on Earth. Buzz60's Maria Mercedes Galuppo has..
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More evidence shows that water once flowed on ancient Mars

The European Space Agency’s Mars Express satellite captured even more evidence the ancient Mars most likely was pretty wet.
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Want to go to Mars? NASA is looking for jokesters

NASA needs more than brains for a manned Mars mission, University of Florida Professor Jeffrey Johnson said at an American Association for the Advancement of Science conference on "Building a Winning..
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Want to go to Mars? NASA says you'll need this personality trait

NASA needs more than brains for a manned Mars mission, University of Florida Professor Jeffrey Johnson said at an American Association for the Advancement of Science conference on "Building a Winning..
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Opportunity Bows Out - NASA Says Goodbye to Mars Rover

opportunity bows out - nasa says goodbye to mars rover
by Alice Monroe - Saying goodbye can be hard – and NASA are certainly finding that out this week, after it emerged that one of their trusty Mars rovers, Opportunity, will no longer be traversing..
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Opportunity may be dead, but the future of rovers on Mars is bright

The future of rovers on Mars is far less bleak than Opportunity’s last photo before it went silent during a massive dust storm.
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Mars rover Opportunity helped usher in new generation of explorers

A historic Mars expedition is officially over after a record-breaking mission, but its efforts might help with any human trip to the Red Planet. NASA lost contact with the rover Opportunity eight..
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'Like a rover in the wind': One Mars rover pays tribute to another on NASA Twitter account

The tribute poem, invoking Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," was tweeted by Curiosity Rover's Twitter account after news broke that Opportunity, a 15-year-old Mars rover, had been declared dead.
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From discovering water to snapping selfies: The lasting memories of Mars rover Opportunity

NASA announced Wednesday the Mars rover was deemed dead after it hadn't communicated in over eight months. Here are some of its greatest discoveries
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AP Top Stories February 13 P

Here's the latest for Wednesday, February 13th: Trump portrays border security agreement a win; Brock Long, head of FEMA resigns; NASA's longest running Mars rover is pronounced dead; The winner of..
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Fatal experiments on dogs. By our government.

Plus: NASA’s Mars rover is dead, and a new dinosaur was discovered
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Mars rovers didn't just reach for the stars: They dug into the Red Planet dirt

The Mars Opportunity rover's 15-year mission: To boldly go into Martian craters everywhere. But now that it's over, where does it rank?
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