Moon-day! Set your clock for the lunar eclipse

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Monday night’s marvels are worth staying up late for: Not only will Mars be bigger and brighter than it’s been for more than six years, but you’ll also be able to see the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years.

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Want to name for a Mars Crater? It’ll cost you $5

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Uwingu, a commercial venture that raises funds for space science, is following up on its exoplanet-naming campaign with a new effort that’s closer to home: soliciting name suggestions for hundreds of thousands of Martian craters.

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Opportunity rover finds fresh signs that ancient Mars was life-friendly

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Ten years after it landed on Mars, NASA’s Opportunity rover has hit pay dirt again: This time, the rover’s scientists are reporting new evidence that garden-variety life could have thrived on the Red Planet billions of years ago.

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India plans to launch first Mars mission, test large rocket this year

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India plans a feverish schedule of satellite launches in the second half of this year, including liftoff of the country’s first robotic Mars mission and a crucial test of an indigenous rocket designed to loft large spacecraft to high-altitude orbits and deep space.

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'Mars rat' taking Internet by storm

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A Mars rock that bears a passing resemblance to a rodent is scuttling across the Internet with gusto, even inspiring some fans to set up a Twitter account in its name.

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Aloha, Mars! What we’ll eat, wear and play with to ease boredom in space

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One month into a NASA-funded simulated space mission, a team of “gastronauts” on the slopes of Mauna Loa is already figuring out what to have for dinner on Mars.

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78,000 apply to leave Earth forever to live on Mars

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Huge numbers of people on Earth are keen to leave the planet forever and seek a new life homesteading on Mars.

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Sex in space? Millionaire to send married couple to Mars

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Millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito’s plan to send two astronauts on a 501-day flight that zooms past Mars and swings back to Earth would set plenty of precedents on the final frontier — but the most intriguing precedent might have to do with the astronauts that are to be sent: one man and one woman, preferably a married couple beyond childbearing years. We’re talking about sex in space, folks.

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Curiosity rover snaps 1st photos of Mars at night

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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has captured its first nighttime view of the Red Planet using a camera and ultraviolet light on its robotic arm.

Mars Curiosity rover team looks back at ‘flower,’ looks ahead to drilling

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The scientists behind NASA’s $2.5 billion Curiosity rover mission on Mars on Tuesday explained the nature of a tiny, gleaming “flower” embedded in Red Planet rock, and revealed where they’ll be using the SUV-sized robot’s drill for the first time.

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Curiosity rover studies rocks and a ‘flower’ on Mars

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The cameras on NASA’s Curiosity rover have been clicking away over the holidays — gathering enough pictures for a 360-degree panorama of its rocky surroundings at Yellowknife Bay, plus a close-up view showing a “Martian flower” seemingly sprouting from the surface.

NASA plans Mars rover remake for 2020

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NASA today announced a $1.5 billion plan to build another Mars rover based on the design of its current Curiosity rover, with the intention of sending it to the Red Planet in 2020 and perhaps storing up samples for later return to Earth.

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Mars rover finds complex chemicals but no organic compounds … yet

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Although NASA’s Curiosity rover hasn’t yet confirmed the detection of organic compounds on Mars, it’s already seeing that the Red Planet’s soil contains water and more complex chemicals — including signs of an intriguing compound called perchlorate.

No organic material discovered on Mars yet, NASA says

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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has completed its first soil analysis of the Red Planet with no sign of organic material, the U.S. space agency said on Thursday.

"Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect," NASA said in a statement. "At this point, the instruments on the rover have not detected any definitive evidence of Martian organics."

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