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10 places on Earth that resemble alien planets

By: Bryan Nelson on March 1, 2013, 1:03 p.m.
Haleakala peak

Photo: Emily Kinney

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Mauna Kea & Haleakala, Hawaii

Hawaii might be best known for its waterfalls and beaches, but it is also home to some pretty harsh, otherworldly landscapes.

NASA has taken notice, using Mauna Kea and Haleakala mountains as testing sites for rover technology. In fact, early results from the Curiosity rover currently exploring Mars has shown that the soil composition from the Red Planet is eerily similar to soil found in Hawaii.