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Scientists will live in a dome for 8 months to simulate Mars

Six carefully selected scientists will spend the next eight months living inside a man-made dome on a remote Hawaii volcano as part of a human-behavior study that could help NASA as it draws up plans for sending astronauts on long missions to Mars.

European Mars lander’s fate unclear, signs ‘not good’

The European Space Agency lost contact with an experimental Mars probe shortly before its planned landing on the red planet Wednesday. Scientists said that wasn’t a good sign for the Schiaparelli lander, but it was too soon to give up on the craft.

Obama says US working with companies to send humans to Mars

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the United States is partnering with commercial companies to build “new habitats” to try to send humans safely to Mars within two decades. Obama set a goal in 2010 to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. He says the next step is to “reach beyond the bounds of Earth’s orbit.” Obama says the U.S. is collaborating on missions that will help scientists understand how long humans can live “far from Earth.”

Elon Musk unveils plans for colonizing Mars

SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk on Tuesday unveiled his plans for colonizing Mars, which could eventually involve a fleet of up to 1,000 spaceships to transport as many as 1 million people to the Red Planet.

Sweden bans M&Ms in chocolate trademark dispute

A Swedish court has ordered candy maker Mars to stop selling M&Ms in the Scandinavian country, at least not with the customary lower-case letters it uses on the packaging and on the colorful chocolates.

Supersized tsunamis once roiled ocean on Mars, scientists say

Mars might have been a wilder water world than we thought. Scientists scanning the terrain have discovered signs of two massive tsunamis in the northern hemisphere – events that might have been caused by massive, crater-carving impacts.

Mars, Earth, sun line up perfectly in sky this weekend

Last week, Mercury stole the show. Now it’s Mars’ turn. On Sunday morning, Mars, Earth and the sun will line up perfectly in the sky. This once-every-two-years event is called Mars opposition. That’s because Mars and the sun will be on opposite sides of Earth.

SpaceX to launch Mars mission as soon as 2018

Elon Musk has finally put a date on SpaceX’s longstanding goal of going to Mars. SpaceX tweeted Wednesday that it is planning to send an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to the Red Planet as soon as 2018.