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Mars - Orbit Nears Earth
In August Mars will come closer to Earth than it has in the past
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
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.