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The Search For Life on Mars Is About to Get Weird

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Curiosity rover, Martian dunes

This recent self-portrait from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the robot shortly after it retrieved a sample of dark sand from shifting dunes along the flank of a Martian hillside.


Since the dawn of the space age NASA and other agencies have spent billions of dollars to reconnoiter Mars—assailing it with spacecraft flybys, photo-snapping orbiters and landers nose-diving onto its surface.

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