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Report: NASA needs step-by-step plan to reach Mars

mission to mars

Report: NASA needs plan to reach mars

If NASA is to make great strides in its human spaceflight program, it needs to go big or go home and get to the Martian surface, says a new congressionally mandated report. But the 285-page report from the National Research Council says the agency won't succeed unless it does so in a smart, well-planned way, venturing far beyond the International Space Station with a clear, step-by-step plan. The report calls for the United States to set an ambitious goal of reaching the surface of Mars by building up the necessary technology and expertise in a series of human exploration missions. This stepping-stone plan could include visiting an asteroid or building an outpost on the moon.

MERS transmission

Spread from camel to man is shown

A new report offers the strongest evidence yet that a mysterious Middle East virus spreads from camels to people. Researchers studied the illness of a 44-year-old camel owner in Saudi Arabia who died in November of Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. Through repeated tests, they showed the man got the same virus one camel had after putting medicine on the animal's runny nose. The study was published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

exerciser in chief

Obama workout video goes viral

Like millions of gym goers, President Barack Obama grimaces while lifting weights, listens to his iPod while running on a treadmill, and does lunges and curls and step ups. A one-minute, 25-second video of Obama exercising in the gym at the Marriott Hotel Warsaw in Poland has gone viral on the Internet. The Secret Service confirmed it is legitimate. Spokesman Edwin Donovan said guests in the gym were photographing the president and none were asked not to take pictures.

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Report: NASA needs step-by-step plan to reach Mars 06/04/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:31pm]
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    Accidents

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    The Heater

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    News

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    The Heater

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    World

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