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15 minutes on Mars

Updated Monday, 26th October 2020
Have you ever looked up into the night sky at the red planet and wanted to know more? Now here’s your chance to explore Mars.

In this interactive, you can explore the geology of Mars and find out what the future holds for the planet. Will humans ever step foot on Mars? Will we find evidence of life? There's only one way to find out...


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This article is part of the Astrobiology Collection on OpenLearn. This collection of free articles, interactives, videos and courses provides insights into research that investigates the possibilities of life beyond the Earth and the ethical and governance implications of this.




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