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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Looking for life: A device that would let Mars robots use smaller life-detecting instruments is the goal behind a technology from the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory. The group's Total Ion Control technology lets one of the key research techniques, mass spectrometry, operate more efficiently, the group claims. Mass spectrometry allows scientists to determine a sample's chemical composition. The group in particular wants to get the TIC technology included in the European ExoMars exploratory lander scheduled to blast off in 2018.

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