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  1. 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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  2. NASA’s MAVEN Is Now in Orbit Around Mars to Study Its Atmosphere and Climate Change

    Your carbon footprint is off the hook for this one.

    Studying Earth's climate has grown too contentious, so NASA's brilliant scientists sent a satellite to orbit Mars and study its less politically divisive atmosphere. Or they just really want to learn more about how Mars works, since they're getting kind of tired of just sending robots there and sending people is dangerous.

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  3. Watch Live as NASA Launches MAVEN to Mars! [Updated]

    Fun Fact: The MAVEN will carry poetry and the names of Earthlings to the red planet.

    At 1:28pm EST tomorrow - Monday, November 18th - NASA will launch MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft; you know, the one loaded up with our Earthling names and haikus. MAVEN's mission is to determine how Mars went from wet and warm to the terrifying rock of death it is today.

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  4. It’s NASA’s 55th Birthday, and the Government Shutdown Is Ruining It

    Don't worry, NASA. We still love you.

    Did your parents ever forget your birthday? More aptly, did you parents ever get in a massive childish fight the night before, and then completely shut down your family on your birthday? NASA turns 55 today, but the government shutdown means they won't be celebrating publicly.

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  5. Send Your Name, or Possibly a Haiku, to Mars

    Most of us will never go to space, but that doesn't mean we can't send our names there. As part of NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars, they're asking the people of Earth to include their names on a DVD that will orbit Mars. They're also taking poetry submissions in haiku form. Go ahead and let the Universe know you exist. It's free and takes about two minutes.

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  6. NASA Wants to Send Another Rover to Mars in 2020, We Want That Too

    The last few days have seen a lot of exciting news coming out of the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, but this might be the most thrilling so far. NASA has announced that they plan to send another rover to Mars in the year 2020. NASA says the new rover's launch will close out a decade of new missions. It also calls this an important step in sending humans to Mars in the 2030's.

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