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The United Arab Emirates' Hope probe will launch from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan and will reach Mars in February 2021. Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre hide caption

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It's A Good Time To Head To Mars

NASA is sending a six-wheeled rover to Mars to look for signs of microbial life stored in the rocks at Jezero crater. The rover is also the first step in bringing samples of Martian rock to Earth.

Comet Neowise passes St. Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, U.K., in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Owen Humphreys /PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Good News: This Comet Won't Cause A Mass Extinction In 2020. Also, It's Really Pretty

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, new suppliers have jumped into the market for surgical masks. Some have touted FDA certificates that don't have any regulatory meaning. Aleksandr Zubkov/Getty Images hide caption

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'Meaningless' FDA Certificates Are Used To Tout Dubious Face Masks

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The United Arab Emirates' Hope probe will launch from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan and will reach Mars in February 2021. Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre hide caption

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It's A Good Time To Head To Mars

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