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Mars

Fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, being only larger than Mercury. In English, Mars carries the name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the "Red Planet". The latter refers to the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars's surface, which gives it a reddish appearance distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, with surface features reminiscent of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts and polar ice caps of Earth.

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NASA's Deep Space Network of tracking stations had some difficulty locking onto signals from Perseverance early in the flight. But officials announced with..
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Here's the latest for Thursday July 30th: U.S. economy suffers steep quarterly plunge; NASA rover heads for Mars; Funeral today for Congressman John Lewis; Rare..
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The Perseverance rover will bring NASA one step closer in taking humans to Marsย โ€“ an initiative that's been a long time coming.
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NASA launched its new Perseverance rover to Mars to explore the planet's geology, collect samples and search for "signs of past microbial life."
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NASA's most elaborate life-hunting Mars rover has rocketed away from Cape Canaveral, Florida. (July 30)
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NASA's new Mars rover "Perseverance" is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Thursday atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. (July 30)
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NASA's 'Perseverance' rover is equipped with two microphones, 23 cameras, seven scientific instruments, plus a drone helicopter.
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