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Mars is the next step for humanity

Elon Musk has built a $12 billion company in an endeavor to pave the way to Mars for humanity. He insists that Mars is a "long-term insurance policy" for "the light of consciousness" in the face of climate change, extinction events, and our recklessness with technology.

On the other hand, astronaut …

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Meet the rejects from a one-way trip to Mars

Check out audition videos of Mars mission REJECTS. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the would-be astronauts who won't be.

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NASA's real life Enterprise may take us to other star systems one day

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Dr. Harold "Sonny" White is still working on a warp drive at NASA's Johnson Space Center. His work is still in the experimental …

Airbus recreates the surface of Mars in Stevenage to test the ESA's ExoMars rover

Aeronautics giant Airbus has completed its project to recreate the surface of Mars in Stevenage, UK. The site, roughly the size of a basketball …

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Who Should Name the Craters on Mars, You or Astronomers?

Yesterday, I named a crater on Mars. In fact, I named two.

The process was really easy. Through a website, I clicked on a map of Mars, chose my …

Lego Mars Curiosity Rover

For the uninitiated, Lego Cuusoo is a forum for brick fans to submit, and vote on, potential sets that may one day make it to a Lego store near you. …

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Mars Science Lab launch delayed two years

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- NASA's launch of the Mars Science Laboratory -- hampered by technical difficulties and cost overruns -- has been delayed until the fall of 2011, NASA officials said at a news conference Thursday in Washington.

A photo illustration of a laser-equipped vehicle that is set to be …

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Water May Be Flowing On Mars Right Now

Curiosity has uncovered ancient, once-wet lakebeds, but there might be some active streams, too.

The intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has already confirmed that water once flowed on Mars, but that it's long since dried up. Still, that doesn't mean there's not flowing water now, too.

NASA data has long …

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NASA's newest Mars flyer will explore atmosphere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA hopes its newest Mars spacecraft lives up to its know-it-all name.

The robotic explorer called Maven is due to blast off Monday on a 10-month journey to the red planet. There, it will orbit Mars and study the atmosphere to try to understand how the planet morphed …

Before the Reality Show, Mars One Will Launch 2018 Unmanned Mission

The nonprofit group that intends to send the first humans to Mars has announced that its first mission will be unmanned. The plan is to launch an orbiter and a lander to be built by established aerospace companies by 2018. Now it just has to raise the money.

In a press conference in Washington, D.C.

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Martian lake was able to support life for thousands of years

An ancient lake on Mars was capable of supporting life for tens or hundreds of thousands of years, researchers reported today based on findings from NASA's Curiosity rover. In March, NASA announced that the lake was once capable of supporting microbial life, but little more was known. Now …

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Want To Colonize Mars? Applications Now Being Accepted

Mars One hopes to send people to the red planet by 2023.

Looking for an out-of-this-world experience? Mars One, a non-profit agency, is accepting applications for astronauts to help build the first settlement on the red planet in 2023.

Astronauts will undergo a whopping eight years of training before …

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NASA Is Planning To Send A New Rover To Mars In 2020

NASA has announced plans to build a new rover to land on Mars in 2020. NASA’s current estimated cost for the new rover is $1.5 billion. It will be built based on the design developed for the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August this year.

Curiosity has an on-board lab, but the plan is for …

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Think Your Job Is Hard? Watch NASA Crew's Riveting "7 Minutes Of Terror" Mars Landing

Before NASA’s Curiosity rover makes its descent into Mars’ atmosphere, it will have to get around a mind-boggling host of obstacles with brilliant technical precision, all of which are intensely recounted here.

Last November, the team at NASA launched its Mars Space Laboratory, known as Curiosity, …

Branson On The Impact Of Space Travel

Branson thinks that by being in space, people become more passionate about the planet. And he’s planning on helping out cash-strapped NASA with its research, too.

Earlier this week, Virgin Galactic—the space travel arm of the Virgin Group—debuted the first-ever spaceport in New Mexico. Dubbed …

Watch: An Astronaut's One-Way Trip Into Space

It’s a haunting image, but then again, there are worse ways to spend retirement.

It’s the cruel joke of the universe. The longevity of man simply doesn’t scale to the unfathomable expanses of the cosmos. Our closest neighbor, the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, is 25,000 light years away. Even if you …

Mars One Has Officially Raised "Millions" To Build The Red Planet's First Human Settlement

The not-for-profit just raised "a few million" in funding. It's nowhere close to the expected $6 billion pricetag, but it's a start.

Mars One, the private not-for-profit that's planning to build the red planet's first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its …

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The Incredible Landing That Started NASA's Epic 10-Year Mars Mission

On Jan. 4, 2004, NASA successfully placed the Spirit rover on the Martian surface. Though our focus these days is on Curiosity and its amazing …

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Watch Live: NASA Scientists Discuss Paving the Way for Humans to Mars

Watch live as a scientists and engineers celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers landing on Mars by looking at what we …

10 Years of Beautiful Mars Art From the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers

For two twin robots, a decade of exploration on Mars has brought incredible discoveries and scientific insight. But the Spirit and Opportunity rovers …

Seen From Space: Curiosity Rover Marks Up the Surface of Mars

You can see Curiosity rover’s tracks meandering over the Martian surface in this awesome new image from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE …

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The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as M51 or NGC 5194, is one of the most spectacular examples of a spiral galaxy. With two spiral arms curling into …

Nasa says Mars mystery rock that ‘appeared’ from nowhere is ‘like nothing we’ve seen before’

Rock like a ‘jelly doughnut’ has left scientists ‘completely confused’

A mysterious rock which appeared in front of the Opportunity rover is "like …

Mars Would Be a Hipster Paradise If Rovers Were Into Instagram

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Just after Mars rover Curiosity touched down, it sent home a selfie worthy of Instagram. But what if it was actually using Instagram? …