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  1. Simulated Mission to Mars Ends After Four Months on “Mars”

    Real World: Fake Mars?

    The area of interpersonal relationships between astronauts on a long-term mission to Mars is a bit of a gap in NASA's research. That's where the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission comes in. It spent four months studying what happens when a team of researchers in close-quarters under simulated Martian conditions stop being polite and start getting real.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: The Avengers Are Gathering At SDCC

    You thought I was going to say "assembling," didn't you?

    Bruce Banner himself posted this photo of himself and the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast gettin' it together at San Diego Comic-Con today. This looks like the best hang out. (via Instagram)

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  3. NASA Shows Off New Rover That Could Let Astronauts Cruise Around Mars

    One giant leap for rover kind?

    Getting humans to Mars is a goal NASA and other organizations hope to achieve in the near future, but what will we do when we get there? Why not drive around a bit? NASA has just the vehicle for the job with its omni-drive rover. It even has suit-ports so astronauts can hop out and check things out up close. I guess my only question is, hey NASA, can I borrow your car?

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  4. Martian Highlands Reveal Evidence of the Planet’s Watery Past, No Martian Highlanders Yet

    There can be only Mars One.

    A new map of an area of Mars' ancient highlands from the Planetary Science Institute adds more evidence to support plentiful water on ancient Mars. The map shows that water, over a long period of time, was an active force in shaping the Martian terrain.

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  5. NASA Has a Flying Saucer Now. Flying Saucers Are Cool.

    Now build a TARDIS!

    Turns out NASA does have a flying saucer, just probably not the one Agent Mulder, Dan Aykroyd, and that guy from Ancient Aliens thought they did. Yesterday NASA (finally) successfully tested their Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), and it could soon be used to land on Mars.

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  6. National Research Council Says NASA Has to Get Its Ass to Mars

    Howdy, NASA. This is Hauser—er, the National Research Council.

    Go Mars or go home, NASA. That's what the National Research Council says in a new report, anyway. According to them, the only way forward for the human spaceflight program is getting focused on shooting for the stars. That's metaphorically speaking, of course. If Mars were a star, we'd all be dead. Or basically on Tatooine.

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  7. Comedian Lauren Reeves Still in the Running for Mars One Mission That Will Never Happen [VIDEO]

    she blinded me with science

    Mars One is essentially a reality show posing as space mission to establish a human colony on Mars. It's kind of a joke, so it's only fitting that comedian Lauren Reeves' submission to join the mission has beat out thousands of others and is still in consideration.

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  8. Name a Martian Crater After Your Mom, Help Fund Space Exploration

    Your mom's a crater.

    Didn't get Mom a Mother's Day gift yet? You can name a crater on the surface of Mars after her, and help fund space exploration in the process.

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  9. Could Plants Grow on Mars? Proposed Mission Wants to Find Out

    "Bring me a shrubbery!" —Mars Curiosity Rover... probably.

    Just because no life has been found on Mars, doesn't mean life couldn't survive there—right? That's the thought behind a proposed mission that would attempt to grow a plant on the Martian surface when the next rover lands there in 2021. Besides sprucing up the place, this could pave the way for long-term settlements.

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  10. Still Not Aliens: NASA Says That Flash of Light Seen by Curiosity Rover Isn’t What UFO Speculators Think It Is

    TL;DR version: It's never aliens.

    The above image is making it's way around UFO sites and news outlets alike. It's a photo taken by the Mars Curiosity rover on April 3rd, and it doesn't show aliens. Relax, Internet.

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