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Practicing Looking for Life on Mars in Chile's Atacama Desert

Written by: Kelsey Kennedy
Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
Length: 1 min

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A team of scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been in Chile’s Atacama Desert to test a new computer—in part because the region is so arid and lifeless that it makes an able stand-in for Mars. Sending robotic probes to our planetary neighbor is expensive and time-consuming, so it’s important to get the technology they send up there just right. There’s a few places on Earth extreme enough for this work, and the Atacama is one of them.

"Practicing Looking for Life on Mars in Chile's Atacama Desert" is from, published on April 27, 2017.

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