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NASA is racing to finish a new Mars rover, and the mission just got a launch and land date. The new rover will leave Earth by August 2020, and in February of 2021, it will hit the surface of the Red Planet to search for signs of life.

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The Curiosity rover was sent up to Mars with the important job of hunting for microbes on the red planet's surface. Now, that job is done, and Curiosity is getting a new mission — and that mission is all about the past, and future, of life on Mars.

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Image Cache: This looks like it could the latest rover to land on the surface of Mars. But in fact it's a test of the European Space Agency's ExoMars mission happening right here on Earth.

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Behold Kevin Gill's mosaic image of NASA's Mars rover, which is just as good as the official selfies of Curiosity. The Nashua, NH, software engineer stitched together dozens of high-resolution photos taken by the MAHLI (Mars Hand Lens Imager) camera of the rover, and the result is a stunning self portrait of the car-sized robotic explorer.

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Video: This is a great video that shows the entire trip of the Mars Opportunity Rover on one side while tracking the trip on the red planet on the other. It's cool to know where Opportunity has gone and what it has seen, but perhaps the craziest thing of the video is hearing the noise of the planet. It's just so damn freaky.

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NASA has announced what the Mars 2020 rover will carry to the Martian surface, and one of them sounds like pure sci-fi: MOXIE, a machine that sucks in carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere and pumps out pure oxygen for use in rocket fuel — or someday, for humans to breathe.

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In less than a decade, there might be life on Mars. No not because the aliens have been hiding all this time, but because NASA might just put it there. The brightest minds at the Ames Research Center recently proposed sending plant life along with the next Mars rover. It's actually a pretty good idea.

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Yeah, I can totally see it! How can you miss that? It's right there. Clear eyes, full Earth, can't miss. Wait, really? No of course not. Anyone who tells you that is either a liar or a hawk. Earth looks incredibly tiny up in that Martian sky. Sure, if you squint hard enough and fake it long enough, you'll spot it the dot but it's not unlike looking for dust on a wall.

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China's National Space Administration has released photos taken by the Yutu rover on the moon. There is also video footage of the Chang'e 3 lander's descent, and you can see in the video (below) when it comes to a full stop about 50 meters above the surface of the moon for a quick photo survey.