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Mars - Orbit Nears Earth

In August Mars will come closer to Earth than it has in the past 60,000 years.

Right now 3 space craft are heading towards Mars. Sent from Earth by the United States and the European Union.

Mars will getting progressively closer to Earth during August.

It will slowly appear to grow larger and brighter. By late August 2003, when it will be about 191 million miles closer, the reddish point of light in our night sky will appear more than six times larger and shine some 85 times brighter than it appears now.

At 5:51 a.m. EDT on Aug. 27, 2003, Mars will be within 34,646,418 miles (55,758,006 kilometers) of Earth.

This will be the closest that Mars has come to our planet in nearly 60,000 years.

During our special Summer HomeSchool session we will study Mars, the history, mythology and real life exploration as we wait for August 28 and the remarkable close encounter of Earth and Mars. What does it mean to you? Especially with 3 Earth Space Craft on their way there.