NASA study: Impossible' to make Mars like Earth with current technology

01 August, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • NASA определилось с жильем для первых колонистов Марса

This fly-by means that Mars, Earth, and the Sun are all lined up with each other. The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 33.9 million miles. In this case, Mars appears opposite the sun, and is said to be in "opposition".

"Each Martian year, moderately large dust storms cover continent-sized areas and last for weeks at a time", NASA explained.

Mars will be visible to the naked eye, but spectators can use binoculars and telescopes to get a more detailed view.

The next close approach between two planets will be 62 million kilometres in 2020, as per NASA.

The planet will be at a distance of 35.8 million miles from Earth.

Mars will be seen rising from the Gemini constellation in India tonight (July 31). The live stream can be found on the space agency's website, or NASA's YouTube channel from 1.30pm EST (around 11pm IST).

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Right now, the red planet is on its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. Yes, you can share in the excitement by watching online or at local star-viewing parties. Aldrin is an active proponent of humankind exploring farther out into the solar system and landing a crewed mission on Mars.

Aldrin added that reaching these ambitious goals will require innovation, and he hopes that he can "inspire the next generation" to take these massive steps.

Observatories across the USA are hosting Mars-viewing events right now.

But the dust reflects sunlight, which enables Mars to appear even brighter from Earth, Mr Nagle says.

Transforming planets as a pre-cursor to colonisation is a staple of science fiction, and an aspiration for individuals including Elon Musk, whose company SpaceX uses images of terraforming Mars in its promotional material. So, while it won't remain this bright in the night sky for long, it will be brilliant long enough for everyone to take a look.

Saturn also made a close approach to Earth this summer, and the ringed planet remains especially visible for anyone scouring the sky for the best sights.

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