15 reasons why Mars is one hot, hot, hot planet

From Obama's talk of sending NASA rockets to Mars to a virtual red planet trip, Mars is getting tons of attention

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Crazy train: When astronauts onboard the international Mars500 mission began their 520-day virtual trip to Mars this month, one of their primary duties is to play some serious video games. Serious in that what and how they play these games will help engineers develop computerized 'electronic partners' that could travel with astronauts on future deep space missions. The games will be just one of the myriad experiments taking place on the Mars500 mission where a six-man crew is sealed in an isolation facility at Moscow's Institute for Biomedical Problems for 520 days, reflecting the time a return trip to the Red Planet would require. It is the first such full-length simulated mission to Mars, ESA states.

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