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NASA's #NextGiantLeap

The first humans who will step foot on Mars are walking the Earth today.

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"The first humans who will step foot on Mars are walking the Earth today."

You know we've been to the moon. Here's how we're preparing for our Next Giant Leap – sending humans to Mars!

The International Space Station is home to NASA astronauts 260 miles above Earth – and we've been living there continually for almost 14 years.

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The space station is our toehold to deep space because what we learn there is preparing us for longer missions. (Bonus: Technology and science on space station is benefiting life down here on Earth.)

NASA needs to know more about the Red Planet.

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Missions like the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, MAVEN, and that cute rover named Curiosity (aka - the Mars Science Laboratory), and the forthcoming Mars 2020 rover are making Mars give up its secrets.

We're going to find an asteroid, tow it to a stable orbit around the moon, and have astronauts study it.

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The Asteroid Redirect Mission will push our rocket system, our crew capsule, our astronauts and our technology systems to the limits of human exploration – it's our proving ground for Mars.

And when they get back to Earth, they'll meet with a future POTUS – just like the Apollo 11 astronauts did this week!

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(Here's the Real Buzz and Michael Collins meeting with President Obama this week)