Plan Mask the colonization of Mars turned out to be impossible

Plan Mask the colonization of Mars turned out to be impossible

Plan Mask the colonization of Mars turned out to be impossible

That is the point in Mars' orbit when it comes closest to Earth.

July is the "Summer of Mars", so it's only fitting that the red planet will be wrapping up the month with its most spectacular show yet - a close encounter.

"The Red Planet will be at its brightest since 2003, when Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years since September, 24, 57617 BC", Dr Debiprosad Duari, director, Research & Academic, MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research had said earlier this month. #Mars and Earth haven't been this near since 2003, and won't be again until 2035! Mars is about half as far also from the sun as Earth is, so it still has decent sunlight. The atmospheric pressure on Mars is less than one percent that of Earth's, which is likely what would be needed to raise temperatures enough for stable liquid water.

While we've yet to send a manned mission to Mars, NASA is already envisioning what the housing for our first Martian colony could look like. However, the Red Planet will slowly start moving away from Earth and by the middle of August it will be much fainter.

For instance, back in early 2017 researchers examined data that was collected from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) program and noted then also that there wasn't enough Carbon dioxide in the red planet's atmosphere. In August 2003, Mars was a smidge closer: 34.6 million miles (55.6 million km).

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NASA has captured many images of the planet-wide dust storm that has been affecting Mars since June this year

The event, called Mars Close Approach, occurs when Mars is 35.8 million miles away from Earth, closer than normal.

Mars will be visible with a telescope or the naked eye by looking south, but it will not be as big as the moon as one urban legend says. Because a Mars year and Earth year take different amounts of time, their orbits will soon desynch and the planets will separate. That encounter won't be beaten until 2287.

The Red Planet is now brighter than usual and will glow even more - and look larger - tonight. Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory is providing a live online viewing.

The image of Saturn was taken on June 6 when its ring system was near its maximum tilt towards Earth, allowing for a lovely view of the rings and the gaps between them. The next close approach, meanwhile, in 2020, will be 38.6 million miles (62 million kilometers), according to NASA.

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