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A Nasa website called "Be A Martian" allows users to play games while at the same time sorting through hundreds of thousands of images of the Red Planet.
The number of pictures returned by spacecraft since the 1960s is now so big that scientists cannot hope to study them all by themselves.
The agency believes that by engaging the public in the analysis as well, many more discoveries will be made.
The site is just the latest to use crowdsourcing as a tool to do science.
Players at Be A Martian can earn points in one game by helping Nasa examine and organize the images into a more complete map of the planet.
Another game gets users to count impact craters to help scientists understand better the relative age of rocks on Mars' surface.
Nasa hopes the mix of real data and fun will also inspire the planetary scientists of tomorrow.