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Science

Japan space center joins push to settle Mars and beyond

Kyoto University teams with private sector to research artificial gravity and other fields

An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars. 

TOKYO -- Like something out of a science-fiction movie, a mysterious, strangely shaped structure rises up from a barren red desert. Inside, buildings stand on tracts of green, grassy land and boats sail across vivid blue water -- all on near-vertical walls.

This computer-animated tableau was presented at the opening of Kyoto University's Human Spaceology Center as a potential vision for living on Mars.

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