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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The future: NASA's Mars Science Laboratory should launch in 2011. The Mars Science Laboratory is actually a rover that will drive around the red planet looking for that elusive data that will tell us whether Mars ever was, or is still capable of supporting life. The rover will carry the biggest, most advanced suite of instruments for scientific studies ever sent to the Martian surface, NASA said. The rover's onboard laboratory will study rocks, soils, and the local geologic setting in order to detect chemical building blocks of life.

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