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MarsFest in Death Valley brings the Red Planet down to Earth

MarsFest in Death Valley brings the Red Planet down to Earth

If the surface of Mars needed a stand-in, Death Valley might be its double. Two decades ago, scientists found the sparse desert landscape the best place to test the Mars rover.

Now scientists and engineers will gather this weekend to talk about the relationship between the national park and science at MarsFest 2018.

The festival, which began in 2012, is free and open to the public. It begins Friday evening with keynote speaker Luther Beegle, who works on the

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