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Sep 28, 2016

What the surface of Mars looks like

What the surface of Mars looks like

Elon Musk and his SpaceX company are working on something called the Interplanetary Transport System so they can launch people into space and drop them off on Mars. And when they get to Mars this is what they'll find.

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Mars' Victoria Crater at Meridiani Planum seen in this image taken by NASA's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment /REUTERS

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Portions of the Martian surface are pictured from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter /REUTERS

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Handout of the surface of the planet Mars /Reuters

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Handout of an image from the Mast Camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows inclined layering known as cross-bedding in an outcrop called "Shaler" /Reuters

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Handout of surface of "Yellowknife Bay" taken from the Mast Camera of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover /Reuters

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Marsí northern-most sand dunes begin to emerge from their winter cover of seasonal carbon dioxide dry ice /Reuters

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Nili Patera, one of the most active dune fields on the planet Mars /Reuters

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This color image taken August 8, 2012 from NASA's Curiosity rover shows part of the wall of Gale Crater /REUTERS

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A rock outcrop called Link pops out from a Martian surface in this NASA handout image /REUTERS

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The base of Mars' Mount Sharp is pictured in this NASA handout photo taken by the Curiosity rover. /REUTERS

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IMAGE FROM MARS SPIRIT ROVER RELEASED MARCH 18. /REUTERS

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New image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity show iron meteorite. /REUTERS

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A location on Mars associated with the best-selling novel and Hollywood movie, "The Martian is seen in an image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter /REUTERS

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A view of Ophir Chasma on the northern portion of the vast Mars canyon system, Vallles Marineris, taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter /REUTERS

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Image of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Surface Stereo Imager showing two trenches dug by Phoenix's Robotic Arm /REUTERS

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photo of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity on Mars surface /REUTERS

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A view of the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars is seen in this NASA handout picture /REUTERS

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An impact crater on Mars is seen in an image taken by a camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter /Reuters

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