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NASA's New Mission To Mars Will Include A Giant Laser 'Lunar Flashlight'

When NASA’s first mission to Mars kicks off in 2018, the goal is to make sure that their new rocket can make it out there, before they start sending people. So instead of a crew, this first mission will be filled with equipment for 13 science projects, including a gigantic laser flashlight that will orbit the Moon.

How We Could Build A City On Mars

If we want to someday live on Mars, spaceships won’t be enough. We would need a Martian city — and this is how we might build one.

These Are NASA's 'Spiders' On Mars

Image Cache: These geological features are what NASA refers to as spiders, and they can be found on the surface of Mars.

See Curiosity Cruise Around Gigantic Martian Dunes In These Stunning New Panoramas

NASA’s Curiosity rover is currently investigating a chain of Martian sand dunes, offering an unprecedented glimpse of these dynamic — but strangely familiar — features.

One Of Mars' Moons Is Literally Pulling Itself To Pieces

Mars’ moon Phobos is a strange, cratered, misshaped moon — and it’s pulling itself to pieces from the inside out.

The Mars Curiosity Rover Learned A New Camera Trick

Now this is an unusual view of the Curiosity rover on Mars! The rover is experimenting with using a different camera for self-portraits as part of its investigations at Namib dune.

NASA Has Called Off The Launch For Its Brand New Mars Lander

Mars InSight lander was set to blast its way towards the red planet just three short months from now. Today, NASA announced that leaks that had sprung up in the lander wouldn’t be fixed in time. The next window to send it back won’t be for two years — and whether it will make it even then isn’t certain.

There's A Mystery Lurking In Curiosity's Latest Drillholes

In its slow ascent up Mount Sharp, NASA’s Curiosity Rover has stumbled upon a mystery fit for the robot’s name: silica. Lots and lots of silica. And the discovery may shape our understanding of the Red Planet’s geologic past, including whether life could have lived there.

My Application To Become An Astronaut On NASA's First Mission To Mars

NASA started accepting applications for future explorers today. The salary range is $US66,026.00 to $US144,566.00. The benefits are great. “Frequent travel may be required.” You might even get to go to Mars! Sounds like a dream job to me.

Elon Musk Is Worried That World War 3 Will Stop Him Getting To Mars

Elon Musk, a billionaire Bond villain who wants to nuke Mars, revealed in a recent interview that he’s worried a third World War might mess up his plans to colonize Mars.

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