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Mars

  1. Women Use Less Calories Than Men; Let’s Send Ladies to Mars

    Men are from Mars, women should go there.

    Writing for Slate, a participant in a NASA-funded Mars Mission simulation studied the caloric intake and burn rate of her colleagues, and has a suggestion for manned missions to Mars that's right up our alley.

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  2. A Comet Is About to Scrape by Mars, and NASA Will Share What They Hope to Learn From It Live Today at 2PM EDT

    NASA's MAVEN is in a unique position to observe a comet that is going to come ten times closer to Mars than any comet ever has to Earth, and it will help us learn about the early solar system.

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  3. 13-Year-Old Girl in Training to Be the First Person on Mars, NASA Thinks She Could Succeed

    Just watch out for those water monsters.

    Mark this one down in the win column for women in STEM. Whether or not Alyssa Carson actually achieves her big dream of making history on Mars, her dedication to studies in science and languages, plus her becoming the first person to attend all three of NASA's world space camps, is inspiring. Don't take my word for it—NASA spokesman Paul Foreman agrees.

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  4. Send Your Name to Mars Aboard NASA’s Orion and Get Interplanetary Frequent Flyer Miles

    Great. How many do I need to get to Mars myself?

    NASA wants your name to be written in the stars! Or at the very least, they want to put it on a microchip and shoot it into space for science, which actually sounds a lot more useful.

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  5. NASA Considering Putting Humans in Stasis for Real-Life Mars Missions

    Just don't break any quarantine protocols.

    Depending on its position in orbit, it takes a long time to get to Mars from Earth, so NASA is seriously considering a method of putting astronauts in stasis to make the mission easier and hopefully avoid any warning beacons about dangerous xenomorphs.

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  6. SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Says We Need 1 Million People on Mars for Humanity’s Sake, and He’s Got a Plan

    "F*** Earth!" -Elon Musk. No, really.

    Real-life-Tony-Stark Elon Musk thinks the only way to save humanity over the long-term is to get 1 million people to Mars. That may sound like a far-fetched goal, but he's already got a plan in the works to make it happen.

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  7. Spherical Rock on Mars Proves Aliens Enjoy Golf or Are Big Fans of Spaceballs

    This just in: There are balls on Ma—wait. Phrasing.

    Seriously, Mars? We send 1,982 pounds and $2.5 billion of science up there, and you just throw out a ball and try to play fetch with it like a dog? I mean, I guess that's better than vaporizing it on sight, but come on. Have some respect.

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  8. NASA Telescopes Discover Water on Distant Planet, the Search for Alien Life Continues!

    Now they just need to look for earth, fire, wind, and heart.

    Researchers using several NASA telescopes have detected water in the atmosphere of a distant exoplanet. It's the smallest exoplanet which has had atmospheric elements identified, which is an important step in the search for worlds outside our solar system that may support life.

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  9. India Just Became the First Country to Put a Spacecraft in Mars Orbit on the First Try

    And for less money than it cost to put humans in pretend space in Gravity.

    Only a handful of nations have ever had a spacecraft successfully orbit Mars—the United States, Russia, and the European Space Agency if you count slingshotting spacecraft through Mars' gravity for other goals—and India is now one of them. Today, their Mars orbiter, Mangalyaan, made the Indian Space Research Organisation the first space program to ever successfully put a spacecraft in Mars orbit on the first try.

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  10. NASA Offers Up $20,000 If You Can Think of a Use for 660 Pounds of Dead Weight on Mars Lander

    It's a major award!

    The ballast on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory entry-descent-landing (MEDLI) system is very important for science in that, without it, the spacecraft wouldn't be able to put robots and other heavy objects safely on the surface of another planet. However, it's not actually very useful to science in that it's a bunch of extra weight on a spacecraft that could be better used for scientific equipment. That's where you and your brilliant idea come in.

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