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Space: The Road To Mars: Why Go Back to the Moon?

Using the moon as a launching pad for Mars, as President Bush suggested last week, may not be the most sensible route to the Red Planet. But that doesn't mean a...

Why We Shouldn't Go to Mars

Two centuries ago, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis to explore the new lands acquired in the Louisiana Purchase," George W. Bush said,...

Space: Mission to Mars

There's nothing terribly remarkable about Building 29 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston until you consider that that's where they will be storing Mars--or...

Space: Return to Mars

It's a safe bet the herd of deer that wandered onto the grounds of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (J.P.L.) in Pasadena, Calif., last week had no idea what was...

Getting to Know Mars

[I {While the Spirit rover combs the surface of Mars looking for clues of past life, we're poring over the sharpest photos ever seen of the Red Planet. NASA's...

Close Encounter With Mars

Night after night, the red beacon shining in the southern sky has been growing brighter. Residents of even light-polluted metropolises, whose experience with...

Closing In on Mars

The launchpads have long since cooled following the lift-off of NASA's two Mars rovers in June and July. But the spacecraft have been pressing ahead. During a...

Destination Mars

For a planet so close to ours, Mars has proved strangely inhospitable to earthly visitors. Of the 33 missions to the Red Planet since 1960, 22 have crashed,...

Rush Hour on Mars

Life on Mars — it is an earthling's fantasy as old as Eldorado or the Holy Grail. And yet mankind may be on the brink of actually proving whether there is, or...

Is There Life on Mars?

Looking to change your life? A visit to the "Pyramids of Mars" exhibition might help. The posters, tapestries, benches, films and...

Great Lakes On Mars

We have long had reason to believe that the Mars we see today is not the Mars that once was. That bleak, freeze-dried world, most planetary scientists agree, was...

Mars Hot Rods

Mars has not been kind to NASA lately. It was only three years ago that the Pathfinder rover toddled across the planet, beaming home the best cosmic photo album...

Will We Live On Mars?

There's probably no special reason to start looking forward to October 2007--unless you're one of the four people who could be traveling to Mars that month...

Mars Reconsidered

For most of the 1990s, NASA's Dan Goldin has come across as the very model of a modern government administrator. Facing criticism that the space agency was...

Families: When Venus Crosses Mars

There were five couples--all in their 20s and 30s--in the workshop run earlier this year by Peter Fraenkel, director of the PREP Couples Program at New York...

Digging Mars

On the whole, NASA has always treated Mars with respect. American spacecraft have flown by, orbited and even landed on the Red Planet. What they've never done is...

BULL'S-EYE ON MARS

For the past two months, Mars has been a lonely place. Despite the kudos that the Pathfinder lander and its sturdy rover have received from Earth, the spacecraft...