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  • NPR

    A Year On Mars: What’s Curiosity Been Up To?

    08/05/2013    By: Joe Palca

    Imagine winning the World Series, the lottery and a Nobel Prize all in one day. That's pretty much how scientists and engineers in mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., felt one year ago when the 1 ton, six-wheeled rover named Curiosity landed safely on Mars. ... Read More

  • Associated Press

    NASA’s Curiosity rover celebrates 1 year on Mars

    08/05/2013    By: Alicia Chang

    Mount Sharp has beckoned Curiosity since the NASA rover made its grand entrance on Mars exactly a year ago, dangling from nylon cables to a safe landing.

    If microbes ever existed on Mars, the mountain represents the best hope for preserving the chemical ingredients that are fundamental to all living things. ... Read More

  • Los Angeles Times

    A year after Curiosity’s landing, reliving ‘Seven Minutes of Terror’

    08/04/2013    By: Amina Khan

    When Curiosity nailed its picture-perfect touchdown on Mars last year, the mission control room at Jet Propulsion Laboratory erupted into cheers and high-fives. On Monday, Aug. 5, the Mars Science Laboratory team will be recounting their favorite moments during the "Seven Minutes of Terror," the hair-raising sequence the rover had to execute to survive the landing. ... Read More

  • The Virginia Gazette

    First humans on Mars may walk a route planned at William and Mary

    05/03/2013    By: Joseph McClain

    The first humans venturing out on the surface of Mars may well follow a route first planned out by a team of three William and Mary undergraduates. Joel Levine will present a set of 22 student-authored proposals for Martian landing site explorations on May 7 at the international Humans to Mars Summit at George Washington University. ... Read More

  • SpaceNews

    Op-Ed: Harnessing Public Support for Mars Exploration

    04/29/2013    By: Blake Ortner and Chris Carberry

    The Curiosity rover and other similar missions have fueled a growing level of enthusiasm regarding Mars exploration. This enthusiasm is clearly illustrated by a recent national poll that Explore Mars commissioned (with Boeing and Phillips & Co.). Americans are very optimistic and believe that we will have a human crew on Mars by 2033 and that despite our current budgetary crisis NASA’s budget should be increased. This is good news for the space exploration community and good news for the country as a whole. ... Read More


    Life on Mars? Finding It May Require Humans on Red Planet

    04/23/2013    By: Mike Wall

    Life may well lurk beneath the Martian surface today, but it'll be tough to detect without sending humans to the Red Planet, some experts say. ... Read More

  • Newt University

    Interview with Chris Carberry: Furthering Space Exploration

    04/19/2013    By: Staff

    When astronauts first landed on the moon more than 40 years ago, millions of Americans surely thought they might have the opportunity to one day go into space themselves. Certainly, many expected a trip to Mars to be the next step. In the second decade of the 21st Century, however, the United States has made little progress toward further space exploration. In this interview, Newt sits down with Chris Carberry of Explore Mars to talk about why. ... Read More

  • Man on a Mission


    Chris Carberry, cofounder of the Beverly-based nonprofit Explore Mars, which will host a Washington summit in May, hopes humans will visit the “Red Planet” by 2033.

    I’ve always been interested in space exploration — astronomy has been my best subject — but I was a poli-science major; my background was in policy and politics. I never saw a connection. Then it clicked: One of the key things that prevents us from having a robust space program isn’t technology — it’s politics. ... Read More

  • The Huffington Post

    Op-Ed: The Politics of Life on Mars

    12/07/2012    By: Chris Carberry and Artemis Westenberg

    Speculation about life on Mars has been rampant this fall. Rumors that the Mars Curiosity Rover may have found evidence of life on Mars have surfaced twice in the past few weeks. The most recent rumor started when a member of the Curiosity team was quoted as saying that they had collected data that was "Earthshaking" and "one for the history books." ... Read More

  • JPL briefing Oct. 4 telecon (audio+ppt slides) on Curiosity progress

    10/04/2012    By: Explore Mars

    NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Oct. 4, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

    Curiosity, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory, is 56 days into a two-year mission to investigate whether conditions may have been favorable for microbial life.

    For teleconference dial-in information, reporters must send their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Elena Mejia at or call the Media Relations Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at 818-354-5011.

    Audio and visuals of the event will be streamed live online at:


    Visuals will be available at the start of the event at:

    For information about NASA's Curiosity mission, visit:


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  • Washington Examiner

    Op-Ed: Don’t give up on sending men to Mars

    08/16/2012    By: Chris Carberry

    In the run-up to the historic touchdown of the Mars rover Curiosity, Jim Green, head of the planetary science division at NASA, called it the "most significant event in the history of planetary exploration." NASA Mars Exploration Program Director Doug McCuistion said a successful landing "could arguably be the most important event ... in the history of planetary exploration."

    It's clear Curiosity has big shoes to fill over the next 23 months in its quest for evidence of microbial life on the Red Planet. But what does the landing's success mean for the future of Mars exploration? ... Read More

  • Detroit Free Press

    Guest commentary: After Curiosity, U.S. should pursue human mission to Mars

    08/15/2012    By: Chris Carberry

    If the world needed proof that the United States was still capable of reclaiming its crown in space exploration and innovation, Curiosity, the most advanced rover ever sent to Mars, provided it.

    This scientific feat was expensive. More than $2.5 billion in public and private investment went into Curiosity's mission to Mars. But it is worth it. And it can pave the way to putting a person on Mars, which will do even more to capture the nation's excitement, contribute to the economy and once again, make the U.S. a leader in space exploration. ... Read More

  • WCVB ABC Boston

    Space exploration enthusiast watches Mars rover safely land

    08/07/2012    By: Liz Brunner

    NASA's new robot, Curiosity, landed safely on Mars Monday. News Center 5’s Liz Brunner spoke with a space exploration enthusiast from Beverly who saw the landing at a special viewing party in California.

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  • The Salem News

    Our View: NASA Back on Target

    08/08/2012    By: Salem News

    “Right now, we’re at a point in our country where we have a confidence problem,” Chris Carberry, executive director of the Beverly-based advocacy group Explore Mars Inc., told our reporter Bethany Bray. “This is the sort of thing we need to do, if we’re really committed to exploring. ... This will allow our country to maintain a technological and competitive edge, (and) maintain a lead in space technology.”

    The data and photographs Curiosity has already begun to send back — “some of the most spectacular images ever taken” — can be used in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming in schools, Carberry noted.
    ... Read More

  • Boston Herald

    Curiosity exploring Red Planet

    08/07/2012    By: Gary J. Remal

    "Christopher Carberry, head of a Beverly-based nonprofit organization pushing for human exploration of Mars by 2030, was in Pasadena, Calif., Curiosity’s home base, for the spacecraft’s landing.

    Executive director of Explore Mars, he described the mood at the Planetfest conference before Monday’s 1:30 a.m. landing as “extremely nervous.”

    But with receipt of the signal showing all was well, the crowd of 1,500 enthusiasts erupted, he said."
    ... Read More

  • U.S. News & World Report

    Curiosity Rover Could Spark Mars Space Race

    08/06/2012    By: Jason Koebler

    "Curiosity's success has some dreaming bigger than a sample return—Artemis Westenberg, president of Explore Mars, says it's time for NASA to set its sights on flying a human to the planet.
    "We believe in staying curious. Do you go to the moon to plant a flag and take pictures or do you want to go to a place to have a presence there? Curiosity will bring us answers, but we'll also get more questions,"" she says. ""This is a prelude to more. Rovers and robots can only do so much. In the end, we will have to send humans.""
    ... Read More

  • FOX 25 Boston

    NASA opens new space exploration chapter with Curiosity

    08/06/2012    By: Sarah Wroblewski

    FOX 25's Sarah Wroblewski talks with Chris Carberry, Executive Director and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc., about NASA rover, Curiosity, which landed on Mars late Sunday night and its potential impact on space exploration.
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  • KVUE

    Curiosity growing about NASA mission to Mars

    08/05/2012    By: Ashley Goudeau

    Curiosity is getting the best of Austin. ... Read More

  • Marketplace Tech Report

    Will the investment in the Curiosity rover pay off?

    08/06/2012    By: Jeff Horwich

    "Horwich: Going to Mars with rovers, later with people, this all feel good, Star-Trekky kind of stuff. Is there an economic reason to be there?

    Carberry: Actually, there are many economic reasons to be there. For instances, it could really be a great boost for national moral and when you get the nation excited it that could have a direct impact on the economy – where the market goes in general. "
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  • WOFL- Orlando

    Mars rock has invaded Florida City Hall


    it's all part of a campaign to get people interested in the mars rover that will land soon on the red planet, and the rocks are being placed all over the country
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  • ABC News 10

    Mission to Mars critical, leaves local scientists in terror

    08/06/2012    By: Dale Schornack and Christina Mendonsa

    It's the most expensive and dramatic mission to Mars. The success or failure of a nuclear-powered rover's trip to mars on Sunday will cause seven minutes of terror to scientists in Rancho Cordova.
    ... Read More

  • Animal New York

    Hundreds Saw Curiosity Rover Land On Mars…From Times Square

    08/06/2012    By: David Lumb

    “We would have learned from our failure–we realized from the start that it was a risky mission,” said Public Outreach Officer Janelle Turner of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. As soon as the swaths of NASAnerds cheered at Curiosity’s successful landfall, Turner yanked open her NASA-emblazoned drawstring backpack to hand out pins, stickers, and wristbands stamped with URLs to track the mission’s progress (,
    ... Read More

  • The Huffington Post

    Mars Landing: NASA Confirms Curiosity’s Touchdown On Mars


    "12:36 AM – Today
    Everyone At JPL Dancing!
    We are on the ground, we must be! It is 10:31 (PT) all has been going well at JPL! everyone is dancing the whole room of Planetfest is loudly cheering. Another rover is on Mars!

    We have another success!
    --Artemis Westenberg, president, Explore Mars "
    ... Read More

  • The Huffington Post

    Mars Rover Landing: Curiosity Lands Early Monday Morning (RECAP)


    "Sound from JPL is at times hard to understand. Voices are distorted. Loud clapping, we are on target. Parachute deployed. It now only has to slow the hypersonic speed of the spacecraft down."

    --Artemis Westenberg, president, Explore Mars
    ... Read More


    How to Watch NASA’s Curiosity Rover Land on the Surface of Mars Tonight (Live Online)

    08/05/2012    By: Ryan Matsunaga

    "There are two ways to watch this historic event. The NASAJPL2 Ustream will broadcast uninterrupted footage with the mission audio. The NASAJPL Ustream will broadcast with commentary and interviews.

    Until then, you can learn more and watch the countdown at"
    ... Read More

  • Mental Floss

    How to Watch Tonight’s “Curiosity” Rover Landing

    08/05/2012    By: Chris Higgens

    You can find all kinds of launch info (including a countdown ticker and a way to find and join “Landing Parties”) on If you can’t make it to an in-person social event, a “Virtual Landing Party” by means of a Google+ Hangout will be hosted by Fraser Cain of Universe Today, featuring appearances by “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait, reporters at the Jet Propulsion Lab, and perhaps you!"
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  • Austin American-Statesman

    Austin anticipates, celebrates landing of Mars rover with party

    08/05/2012    By: Jazmine Ulloa

    "The event featured space exhibits and a large inflatable dome with a mobile planetarium for children during the day. By evening, the venue had turned into a dance party for teens and adults with live music, guest speakers and live feeds from NASA.

    The event at ND Studios near Fifth and Brushy streets was part of ongoing efforts by the Austin Planetarium and the nonprofit Explore Mars to generate interest in science and space exploration.

    ""See, we're not all geeks,"" Steve McDaniel said with a laugh."
    ... Read More

  • The Salem News

    Mission: Mars Beverly-based organization hopes rover landing leads to more

    08/04/2012    By: Bethany Bray

    "BEVERLY — Chris Carberry of Beverly will be looking skyward tomorrow night as NASA attempts its most complicated landing ever on the Red Planet.

    Carberry, executive director of Explore Mars Inc., has devoted his career to advocacy for space exploration. Tomorrow, he’ll be in California, watching the landing of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity at a conference co-organized by his organization."
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  • Huffington Post

    Op-Ed: The Mars Rover and the Promise of Space Exploration

    08/05/2012    By: Chris Carberry

    When Kennedy pledged to "go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," America had a total of 15 minutes of human spaceflight experience. Just imagine what we can do now if we only "choose" to do it. Humans on Mars by 2030 can and should be our next goal. ... Read More

  • Boston Herald

    Red alert: Countdown on for Mars landing

    08/05/2012    By: Gary J. Remal

    Christopher Carberry, executive director of Explore Mars, a Beverly-based nonprofit aimed at promoting and expanding the technical frontiers necessary for human travel to Earth’s sister planet, is in Pasadena, Calif., the Curiosity rover’s home base, ready to celebrate a safe landing. ... Read More

  • CultureMap

    We have contact: Curiosity rover to land on Mars, and you can watch it happen

    08/04/2012    By: Mary Rose Wiley

    The event is perfectly viewable from the comfort of your couch, but if you want to experience the landing with more yelling, alcohol and astronaut ice cream, The ND @ 501 Studios is hosting a free Curiosity Landing Party on Sunday night.

    Starting at 4 p.m., everyone can enjoy an indoor, inflatable planetarium to get the feeling of exploring the stars in the middle of the day. Then at 8pm, you can watch the "crazy" landing of Curiosity up on the giant ND screen. There will also be live music, full food and bar service, and free t-shirts and astronaut ice cream while supplies last. ... Read More


    Curiosity’s landing on Mars: only two days left until ‘seven minutes of terror’

    08/03/2012    By: Paul Scott Anderson

    The landing is scheduled for August 5, 2012 at 10:31 p.m. PT (August 6, 2012 at 1:31 a.m. EDT). It will be broadcast live on NASA TV and various other media. Universe Today will also provide a live webcast.

    The official Curiosity website is here, and see also the new ... Read More

  • Houston Chronicle

    Scientists hope Mars rover will stick its landing

    08/03/2012    By: Eric Berger

    As the landing date nears, public interest has spiked, with this certainly becoming NASA's most closely watched move since last summer's launch of space shuttle Endeavour, which marked the end of the shuttle program.

    As part of an online campaign to promote awareness of the mission, has placed large red boulders designed to look like Mars rocks in eight U.S. cities. Houston's sits in front of City Hall. ... Read More


    Mars Probe Curiosity Is Ready To Land On Monday

    08/02/2012    By: Alex Knapp

    If you want complete information about Curiosity and NASA’s website doesn’t have enough for you, I’d highly recommend checking out The website is the product of a collaboration between Explore Mars, United Launch Alliance (ULA), National Geographic, AeroJet and Phillips & Company. The site itself is full of information, videos, pictures and more. ... Read More

  • NPR Morning Edition

    NASA Rover To Explore The Red Planet

    08/03/2012    By: Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep

    INSKEEP: Chris Carberry's with the nonprofit group Explore Mars, and he says the anticipation here is emotional.

    CHRIS CARBERRY: It's a combination, a lot of excitement, but people are going to be extremely nervous as well.

    INSKEEP: He's helping to organize landing parties.

    MONTAGNE: There are hundreds planned all over the world. ... Read More

  • Diane Rehm Show on NPR

    The U.S. Mission To Mars

    07/30/2012    By: Diane Rehm

    Diane and her guests talk about their hopes and fears for the Mars landing and mission. (Explore Mars and the Get Curious campaign is mentioned starting at 45:20) ... Read More

  • Wired's Geekdad blog

    New Site Encourages You to “Get Curious” About Mars Landing

    07/24/2012    By: Dave Banks

    The site, which is sponsored by Explore Mars, United Launch Alliance, and Aerojet, provides daily information concerning the Mars Science Laboratory and learn more about the program. ... Read More

  • Houston Chronicle

    Op-ed: Mars mission would provide boost to U.S. economy

    07/27/2012    By: Chris Carberry

    A bold and sustainable space program has the power to inspire our students to enter into science and engineering studies, create highlyskilled jobs that will fuel our economy for years and stimulate the national psyche. ... Read More

  • CBS News

    Synthetic Mars rocks help publicize rover landing

    07/27/2012    By: Staff

    No rocks have ever been brought back to Earth from the Red Planet, but these large synthetic constructions are designed to resemble the real thing as closely as possible. ... Read More

  • KVUE

    New downtown display to raise interest in Mars mission

    07/26/2012    By: KVUE

    A new display at Austin City Hall is designed to raise interest in NASA's latest mission to Mars. ... Read More

  • Universe Today

    The Most Epic Curiosity Countdown Clock

    07/28/2012    By: Elizabeth Howell

    You can simulate the touchdown on this website simply by scrolling down – the animated Curiosity picture slowly lowers to a picture of what looks to be Martian rocks and soil.
    ... Read More


    Mars Rocks ‘Land’ in Eight U.S. Cities Beginning Thursday, July 26

    07/26/2012    By: The Herald Staff

    During the weeks of July 26 to Aug. 9, these cities will each host a synthetic red boulder manufactured to resemble a Mars rock.
    ... Read More

  • KXAN

    Explore Mars’ lands rock at City Hall

    07/26/2012    By: KXAN

    Members of the group "Explore Mars" set up a fake rock in front of Austin City Hall, supposedly from the red planet.
    ... Read More

  • Austin American-Statesman

    Mars rock’ lands in front of Austin City Hall

    07/26/2012    By: Tara Merrigan

    A 6-foot-tall red "Mars rock" designed by a Hollywood set design company is part of an effort to build excitement about the Curiosity rover's upcoming Mars landing, scheduled for Aug. 5.
    ... Read More

  • News Talk 106-108 fm

    Mars landing countdown

    07/26/2012    By: News Talk Radio

    A new website wants you to get curious about the upcoming Mars landing.
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    Synthetic ‘Mars Rocks’ to Help Publicize Red Planet Rover Landing

    07/26/2012    By: Staff

    "Get Curious" will send large boulders manufactured to look like Martian rocks to eight U.S. cities between July 26 and Aug. 9.
    ... Read More

  • Space News

    Op-ed: The Power of Curiosity

    07/25/2012    By: Chris Carberry

    Add to this environment the fact that MSL is scheduled to land in the heart of the U.S. presidential campaign season, which tends to magnify the impact — positive or negative — of any event.
    ... Read More

  • U.S. News & World Report

    Op-Ed: Put Humans on Mars by 2030

    07/09/2012    By: Chris Carberry

    As impressive as landing the Mars Science Laboratory will be, imagine the impact that landing humans on Mars would have.
    ... Read More

  • San Jose Mercury News

    Op-ed: Chris Carberry: The economics of Mars: It’s time to be bold

    07/02/2012    By: Chris Carberry

    The geopolitical dynamics of the 21st century will be a lot different from the latter half of the 20th century -- and although the United States will not be as dominant as it was in the post-World War II years, we can still maintain leadership in technology and innovation.
    ... Read More

  • Houston Chronicle

    Why is there a Mars rock in front of City Hall?

    07/26/2012    By: Eric Berger

    Something strange has turned up in downtown Houston. It’s a large red rock and it’s standing in front of City Hall. ... Read More

Daily Briefing

  • Chris Carberry: One Year of Curiosity - Are We Any Closer to Sending Humans to Mars?...

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  • Read the results of a national opinion poll about human and robotic exploration of Mars....

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  • Learn about the Humans to Mars Summit and watch the live webcast on May 6-8, 2013!...

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  • Has Curiosity found clues to life's building blocks on Mars?...

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  • As we all expected one of the Mars satellites imaged the area where Curiosity landed in greater detail...

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  • Bill Nye’s reaction to the Rover’s landing as he watches it from PlanetFest in California...

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  • Christopher Carberry, head of a Beverly-based nonprofit organization pushing for human exploration of Mars by 2030, was in Pasadena, CA...

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  • It's time for NASA to set its sight on sending a human to the red planet...

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  • Jeff Horwich interviewing Chris Carberry, Executive Director of Explore Mars, on his thoughts on the future of Mars expeditions...

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  • 'Landing Parties “See we’re not all geeks” '...

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  • Image of descending Curiosity by HiRISE on MRO

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  • T-0 Days: Landing - Today is the day! Will the landing be successful? Go Curiosity!...

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  • Chris Carberry blog in Huffington Post: "Humans on Mars by 2030 can and should be our next goal."...

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  • T-1 Days: Entry, Descent and Landing ...

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  • T-2 Days: Navigation - Each rover we send to Mars is more autonomous in its navigation than the previous rovers...

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  • Explore Mars' Chris Carberry spoke on NPR's Morning Edition about excitement around Curiosity's landing...

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  • Forbes' Alex Knapp on the upcoming landing of the Mars Probe Curiosity...

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  • T-3 Days: Communications and its importance on the 23 month mission. Without communications no mission; it is a simple as that...

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  • T-4 Days: Analysis of the Curiosity rover wheels and the necessary power to allow the rover to travel across the rough Mars terrain...

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  • T-5 Days: New possibilities of a more hospitable Martian past have emerged...

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  • NPR's Diane Rehm: The U.S. Mission To Mars. Get Curious at 45:20!...

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  • "Mars Rock" lands at Houston City Hall...

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  • The Martian Invasion starts with "7 Minutes of Terror" Aug 5 2012 at Space Center Houston Landing Party...

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  • Humans on Mars by 2030! Join Explore Mars and the George Washington Univ. Space Policy Institute at the 2013 Humans to Mars Summit ...

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  • We are not living in ordinary times, and the stakes have never been higher for a Mars landing ......

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National Geographic

In National Geographic’s e-short book ‘Mars Landing 2012,’ written by Washington Post science correspondent Marc Kaufman and published just as the suspense builds, with Curiosity hurtling toward Mars, space science readers

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