A photo provided by NASA shows an infrared image mosaic of the Elysium Mons volcano taken by the Mars Odyssey spacecraft in 2001. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University via The New York Times)

Mars was once home to seas and oceans, and perhaps even life. But our neighboring world has long since dried up and its atmosphere has been blown away, while most activity beneath its surface has long ceased. It’s a dead planet.

Or is it?

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Previous research has hinted at volcanic eruptions on Mars 2.5 million years ago. But a new paper suggests an eruption occurred as recently as 53,000 years ago in a region called Cerberus Fossae, which would be

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