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Chris Carberry is the executive director and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc., which was created to promote science and technology innovation and education with a use for Mars exploration. Chris has been actively involved in the space exploration advocacy community for many years. Prior to Explore Mars, Chris served as executive director of The Mars Society, an international non-profit space advocacy organization which supports the human exploration and settlement of Mars. To learn more about the Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity Rover, please visit Get Curious.

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It's Time We Commit to Send Humans to Mars

(73) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 7:38 AM

There is growing support for human missions to Mars within the next two decades. This has been fueled by the remarkable success of NASA missions such as the Curiosity rover as well as a growing desire that our nation show that we are still capable of bold and historic endeavors....

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One Year of Curiosity - Are We Any Closer to Sending Humans to Mars?

(20) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 3:16 PM

One year ago, the world watched as the Curiosity rover was lowered to the Martian surface in one of the most spectacular engineering feats ever attempted. People assembled for special landing parties all around the globe; hundreds of people gathered after 1:00 a.m. in Times Square in New York to...

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Mars: The Next International Destination

(116) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 9:17 PM

The international community is longing for the next big cooperative goal in space exploration. There have been modest partnerships in space since the 1960s -- growing during the Space Shuttle era -- but the International Space Station was a turning point in international cooperation. It was far from a perfect...

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Americans Support Humans to Mars

(55) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 10:27 AM

A new national poll released two weeks ago helped to characterize the level of American support for Mars exploration. In these complex times, are Americans in favor of human exploration of the Mars? The answer is an unequivocal YES.

Basically over 70 percent of "the" Americans believe that...

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Enter the Mars Generation

(28) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 8:00 AM

We don't know what year humans will set foot on Mars. We don't know what nationality will be first to stand beside their flag on the Martian surface. We can't even be certain how we will get there. However, we do know that it is highly likely that the generation...

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The Politics of Life on Mars

(79) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 8:14 AM

Speculation about life on Mars has been rampant this fall. Rumors that the Mars Curiosity Rover may have found evidence of life on Mars have surfaced twice in the past few weeks. The most recent rumor started when a member of the Curiosity team was quoted as saying that they...

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Let's Not Wait for Utopia Before Sending Humans to Mars -- Some Additional Thoughts

(6) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 9:00 AM

In our post last week, we discussed the question: "How can we explore space when there is so much poverty in the world?" We determined that there is no merit in this question because a focused, goal-oriented space program can have a tremendous impact on STEM education, innovation,...

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Let's Not Wait for Utopia Before We Send Humans to Mars

(218) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 9:00 AM

As we celebrate the success of the Curiosity rover on Mars and reflect on the remarkable life of Neil Armstrong, it's not hard to imagine what amazing achievements in space exploration can be accomplished/attained in the next few decades. However, not everyone is supportive of exploring space. Skeptics are often...

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Curiosity: The Mars Rover and the Promise of Space Exploration

(41) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 11:25 AM

On the morning of Aug. 6, 2012, Curiosity, the most ambitious and complex robotic rover in space history, will land on the Martian surface. The size of a small SUV, Curiosity, if successful, could help answer questions we have been asking for a century, most notably: Could Mars have ever...

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