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Mars surface has shifting plates, too

The surface of Mars has been shaped by plate tectonics in the recent past, a new study suggests, making the Red Planet perhaps a better candidate to host life than scientists had thought. Mars may even experience seismic shifts, or 'Marsquakes,' every million years or so.Full story

Elephant on Mars Sculpted by Lava Flow

The dried flood of lava over the surface of Mars has created the spitting image of the eye and trunk of an elephant. Full story

Watch a Martian mini-tornado spin

  An animation based on imagery from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a dust devil the size of a terrestrial tornado spinning across Amazonis Planitia on the Red Planet. Video courtesy of NASA / JPL / University of Arizona.

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An image captured Jan. 29 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Bonneville Crater, with the Spirit rover's landing platform at lower left.
An image captured Jan. 29 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Bonneville Crater, with the Spirit rover's landing platform at lower left.

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