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A location on Mars associated with the best-selling novel and Hollywood movie, "The Martian" This area is in the Acidalia Planitia region and in the novel and the movie, it is the landing site of a crewed mission named Ares 3.

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for 6 years now — here’s what the red planet’s surface looks like up close

NASA's Curiosity rover has been at Mars for six years now. Some photos of the Martian surface look like the prototypical idea of the red planet: rocky, dry, and dusty. Yet other craters and canyons offer otherworldly colors and patterns.

The planet’s worst-case climate scenario: ‘If not hell then a place with a similar temperature’

If we don't do anything to cut emissions and limit climate change, the worst case scenario involves severe heat waves, acidic oceans, and superstorms.

Earth entered a new epoch on July 16, 1945 — and that’s just the beginning of how humans have changed the planet

While nature is responsible for more than 5,000 of Earth's minerals, people are responsible for more than 200. That impact will be noticeable for many years.

The sun will destroy Earth a lot sooner than you might think

Even if Earth spends the rest of its eons escaping aliens, dodging space rocks, and avoiding nuclear apocalypse, the day when our own sun destroys us will come.

NASA found a mysterious ice volcano that’s half the size of Mt. Everest on this former planet

Ceres might not be a planet. And it might not be king of the asteroids. But it’s home to a giant volcano made of ice. And that’s pretty cool.

Scientists may have just found an Earth-like planet orbiting our sun’s nearest neighbor — and it’s our best chance of finding alien ...

On Wednesday, an international team of scientists announced that the closest star to our solar system might be our best bet at finding alien life.

There’s a mysterious object doing a crazy loop around our solar system, but scientists have no idea what it is

Scientists have nicknamed it "Niku," which means "rebellious" in Chinese. And the object's reckless behavior has scientists scratching their heads.

These vein-like features stretched across the surface of Mars can tell us a lot about the planet

The surface of Mars is woven with beautiful gullies. Until recently, scientists thought that liquid water played a role in carving out these vein-like channels.

Scientists are one step closer to cracking the cosmic case of a dwarf planet’s disappearing craters

“Somehow Ceres has healed its largest impact scars and renewed old, cratered surfaces,” said Simone Marchi, lead author of the study, in a NASA press release.

2 of the best places to hunt for alien life just became even more promising

The two Earth-sized planets are rocky and have compact atmospheres similar to Earth, Venus, and Mars.