In Pictures: What is so infinitely cool about Mars?

Interest in exploring the Red Planet is at an all-time high -- from millionaire private space-goers to world-wide space programs and scientists

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NASA’s Curiosity rover has been busy. Here the rover shot the Mars moon Phobos grazing the sun. Curiosity outfitted its high-resolution camera with protective filters and took pictures of the sun as Phobos, one of Mars' two small moons, sailed by. It was a tricky shoot. Phobos and its sister moon Deimos are closer to Mars than our moon is to Earth, so they shot across the sky relatively quickly. Phobos takes less than eight hours to circle Mars, NASA said.

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