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NASA's Mars 2020 Mission Ups the Ante --"Techniques and Landing Sites Modeled After Searches for Ancient Biosignatures of Life on Earth"

Will NASA discover signs of ancient life at one of the largest and oldest impact craters in the Solar System? "Mars 2020 represents a crucial first step towards a possible Mars sample return," said Ken Williford, Director of the Jet...        
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Academics / Astronomy : Planetary Society Weblog

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