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Since our first close-up picture of Mars in 1965, spacecraft voyages to the Red Planet have revealed a world strangely familiar, yet different enough to challenge our perceptions of what makes a planet work.
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The Mars Exploration Program is a science-driven program that seeks to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be, a habitable world.
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Technology development makes missions possible. Each Mars mission is part of a continuing chain of innovation. Each relies on past missions for proven technologies and contributes its own innovations to future missions. This chain allows NASA to push the boundaries of what is currently possible, while still relying on proven technologies.
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So far, the exploration of Mars has occurred in three stages: Fly-bys, Orbiters, Landers & Rovers. Future Exploration may include: Airplanes, Balloons, Subsurface Explorers and Sample Return Missions.
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Meet the people from around the world who have made contributions to the exploration of Mars.
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