The future of Mars colonization begins with VR and video games

The future of Mars colonization begins with VR and video games

Games like Surviving Mars are preparing future generations of astronauts for life on the red planet.

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Hope Mars Mission could change everything we know about the red planet

Hope Mars Mission could change everything we know about the red planet

The UAE will launch a probe this year, making it the first Arab, Muslim-majority nation to lead an interplanetary mission.

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Terraforming Mars might be impossible… for now

Terraforming Mars might be impossible… for now

Making Mars more Earth-like would be a gargantuan task. From giant mirrors to tiny microbes, here's the thinking behind making Mars habitable for humans.

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How TV and movies are seducing us to Mars

How TV and movies are seducing us to Mars

As we push toward Mars, Hollywood is creating more realistic portrayals. But will the Red Planet be anything like Ad Astra, The Martian or The Expanse?

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Sorry Elon Musk, I refuse to die on Mars

Sorry Elon Musk, I refuse to die on Mars

Commentary: Godspeed, you pioneering Mars explorers of the future. You will become the heroes I could never be.

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NASA's Mars 2020 rover gets an official name, 'Perseverance'

NASA's Mars 2020 rover gets an official name, 'Perseverance'

The new robot will join the ranks of Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity on the Red Planet within 12 months.

Humans on Mars: An atlas of plans to land on the Red Planet

Humans on Mars: An atlas of plans to land on the Red Planet

At least three major efforts are underway to put boots on the fourth planet from the sun. Here's a visual look at each road map to the Red Planet.

Scientists 3D-print human skin and bone for Mars astronauts

Scientists 3D-print human skin and bone for Mars astronauts

Mars explorers could turn to 3D printers to treat burns and broken bones.

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Welcome to Mars

Humanity has daydreamed of missions to Mars since the 1960s. We haven't yet put a human on the surface, but we have sent three robots. Our understanding of the planet has grown exponentially in the last decade.

Elon Musk thinks we'll get there before 2025, but how do we get there? What happens when humans land on the surface? How will we survive and how do we transform the red planet into a place worth living on?

In 2020, four separate space agencies are planning groundbreaking missions to Mars: China is sending its first rover to the surface; NASA is sending a four-pound helicopter; Europe and Russia are sending another rover to search for signs of life; and the United Arab Emirates is sending an orbiter to create the first "truly global picture of the Martian atmosphere."

There's never been a more exciting time to explore the red planet. Welcome to Mars.