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How can NASA put a two-story building on Mars? Its very own flying saucer.

NASA LDSD

NASA’s LDSD project aims to develop the capacity to land larger payloads on Mars, perhaps even humans. But first, NASA needs a way to decelerate capsules traveling at supersonic speeds. PASADENA, CALIF. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory here – one of NASA’S leading research and development centers – gave journalists a ...

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Mars: Gusev Crater once held a lake after all, scientist says

Gusev Crater on Mars

If desert mirages occur on Mars, “Lake Gusev” belongs among them. This come-and-go body of ancient water has come and gone more than once, at least in the eyes of Mars scientists. Now, however, it’s finally shifting into sharper focus, thanks to a new analysis of old data by a ...

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Mainstream Media and Websites Abuzz With Bright Light on Mars

mars light

Bright spots that look like a beacon flashing from a distant Martian hillside are attracting a ton of attention from UFO websites as well as the mainstream media — but are they real or just photographic glitches? The evidence so far favors a pixel dropout as the explanation, but the ...

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Mars reaches opposition for 2014 on April 8th

Mars

This is approaching season represents the best time to observe Mars, as the Red Planet is closest to us in April and rises in the east as the Sun sets opposite to it in the west.  Mars reaches 10” in apparent size this week. Mars is already beginning to show ...

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NASA scientists find evidence of water in meteorite, reviving debate over life on Mars

This scanning electron microscope image of a polished thin section of a meteorite from Mars shows tunnels and curved microtunnels.Credit: NASA

A team of scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate in the scientific community over life on Mars. In 1996, a group of scientists at Johnson led by ...

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