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THE LAST TIME WE SAW MARS

How cheap is NASA's new "better, faster, cheaper" design philosophy? Compare this week's Pathfinder mission with the two Viking missions 21 years ago. Conceived...

ROCK FESTIVAL ON MARS

Barnacle Bill. Yogi. Casper. Scooby Doo. Flat Top, Boo-Boo. The Couch. Souffle. After billions of years of anonymity, a motley collection of rocks on the Martian...

UNCOVERING THE SECRETS OF MARS

From the surface of Mars--where the sky is salmon and Earth is a blue morning star--you probably would have noticed the spaceship coming. It may have been the...

MARS: VISIT TO A SMALLER PLANET

On the night of the Fourth, when we landed on Mars, I walk the beach and watch the fireworks compete with the stars in the enormous black sky. This is...

NEXT STOP: MARS

Time was, Mars was a busy place. Everybody, it seemed--or at least everybody at NASA--wanted to fling something the Red Planet's way. First there were Mariner...

MARS AS DIVINE CARTOON

The great American metaphysician Chuck Jones discerned some years ago that the universe operates in sequences of violent Newtonian reciprocities. Jones...

LIFE ON MARS

The discovery of evidence that life may exist elsewhere in the universe raises that most profound of all human questions: Why does life exist at all? Is it...

Space: Race To Mars?

For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see . . . Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails . . . -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson...

Cinema: Mind Bending on Mars

TOTAL RECALL Directed by Paul Verhoeven Screenplay by Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon and Gary Goldman What do you want a Hollywood movie to be? Well, for a start,...

Space: Pros And Cons of a Flight to Mars

For years, U.S. and Soviet space scientists have agreed that Mars is a tantalizing target for exploration. Fragmentary data suggest that the planet may once have...

Science: A Postcard from Mars

Like tourists everywhere, the two Viking landers and their orbiters have spent much of the 15 months since their arrival on Mars snapping pictures of the Red...

Science: New Thoughts On Mars

The three experiments have been extensively tested using terrestrial soil samples and, as a result, it is safe to say that it is extremely unlikely that a...

Science: Looking for Life on Mars

Space shots may be old hat to launch crews at the Kennedy Space Center. But there was an unusual air of excitement as technicians made final preparations for...

Science: The Mars Quads

Every 25 months the planet Mars moves into a position that favors launches of spacecraft from earth. Three weeks ago, the Russians took advantage of that...

Science: Return to Mars

Although the U.S. Skylab space station has overshadowed recent Russian manned space ventures, the Soviet Union is pressing ahead as strongly as ever in...

Science: The Samovar That Landed on Mars

NEARLY a month after the event, the Soviet Union released photographs of its Mars 3 capsule, the first earthly vehicle to make a "soft landing" on the planet...

Space: 1986: A Space Odyssey to Mars

IT is April 1986, one year since the giant spacecraft blasted out of orbit around earth and headed into deep space, propelled by powerful nuclear engines. The...

Science: A Clear View of Mars

When Mariner 9 arrived in the neighborhood of Mars last November, its TV cameras were thwarted by the billowing yellow dust clouds of a gigantic storm that...

Science: New Image for Mars

Man's old dream about life on Mars seemed to fade for good in 1965 when the first closeup pictures of the red planet were radioed back to earth by the U.S...